Positive Dallas Mavericks must carry into playoffs: 3. Powell’s rim running
Love him or hate him, Dwight Powell has been fantastic for the Mavs down the stretch. He is the only Maverick that has not missed a game this season, but DP was still working his way back from his Achilles repair early on. He just did not have the same explosiveness or athletic ability, but it returned as the season progressed.
Over the last 20 games, Powell has averaged 12.2 points on 67.9 percent from the field and 89.7 percent on his free throws. He chips in 6.4 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game as he has started all 20 contests. The 6’10 big man has been a deadly pick and roll partner with superstar Luka Doncic, and he brings the Mavericks a key vertical spacer.
Dallas is light on big men following the Kristaps Porzingis trade. They have opted to play primarily single big man lineups since the deal went down with Powell or Maxi Kleber often earning the minutes at the five. With Kleber stuck in a significant shooting slump, Powell’s play becomes even more important in the postseason.
Dwight Powell brings energy and effort on the defensive end of the floor, but he is not a rim protector or lockdown option. The Mavs need him to limit his fouls, crash the glass, and continue to create easy buckets as a rim roller.