6 Mavericks in the running for NBA Awards (and their chances of winning)

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3. Dwight Powell - Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award

All of the other awards on this list have to do with the player's performance on the floor, but Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell is up for an award that has nothing to do with how he has played this season.

Powell is up for the NBA's Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, and this award "recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team." Jrue Holiday has won this award the past two seasons, but this year, Powell could be someone who snags this award for the first time.

This summer, Powell took a massive pay cut to remain on the Mavs, and all signs were pointing to him getting solid minutes in the rotation. He was no longer going to be the starting big due to the emergence of Dereck Lively II, but things were lining up for him to be the second-string big. Powell lost his job to a rookie, but he still remained a good teammate through it all, never complained, and was a huge encourager from the bench as the backup big.

After a few months, it was clear the Mavs needed more depth behind Lively II, so they traded for Daniel Gafford. This move moved Powell even further down the depth chart, and he still remained a great teammate through it all.

This season would have been a time that would have been easy for Powell to not be engaged and be frustrated with his role, but instead, he is always the first one to encourage his teammates and is always doing work in the community.

Powell is the longest-tenured Maverick by far, and no one deserves this award more than him.