Dallas Mavericks grades for the first 30 percent of the season

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Dallas Mavericks grades after 30 percent of the season: Dwight Powell

Powell was not in the rotation to begin the season, but he played well enough in his first opportunity to earn more minutes. The 6’10 big man is back as the team’s starting center and playing a similar role to last season. Powell continues to be an outstanding pick-and-roll partner for Luka Doncic, and he brings energy to the team.

Grade: B-minus

The Mavericks attempted to replace Dwight Powell, but he fought his way back into the rotation, and he is providing solid minutes. The 31-year-old is shooting 71.1 percent from the field and averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game. Those are solid numbers, and DP’s grade increases for earning back his starting gig.

Dallas Mavericks grades after 30 percent of the season: JaVale McGee

The Mavs signed McGee to be their starting center, but that lasted just seven games. The seven-footer has struggled to fit into the team’s defensive scheme, and Dallas has been outscored by 56 points in his 158 minutes on the floor so far this season.

Grade: D

The Dallas Mavericks signed JaVale McGee to help solve their rebounding and rim protection woes, but that has just not happened. McGee’s struggles have him out of the rotation, and it will be interesting to see if he can work his way back at some point this season.

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