The Dallas Mavericks have the fourth-best record in the league since the start of 2022. Their impressive run has been sparked by Luka Doncic, but Dwight Powell has also been lights out. The 6’10 big man does not have season stats that jump off the screen, but he continues to play a key role for Dallas.
Head coach Jason Kidd decided to start Powell during training camp. He loves the little things he does to impact games, and he wants a lob target on the floor for Doncic. DP got off to a bit of a slow start, but he is playing his best basketball down the stretch.
Powell is averaging 9.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game since the start of 2022 while shooting 70.5 percent from the field and 82.6 percent on his free throws. His last ten games have arguably been the best of his career as Powell is standing out on both ends of the floor. Here is a closer look at his recent play.
Dallas Mavericks big man Dwight Powell is playing his best down the stretch
The Mavs are finding him shots at the rim as teams commit extra help to slow down Luka Doncic. Powell’s athleticism is back after recovering from a torn Achilles, and he is finishing everything inside. The 6’10 big man was a perfect eight for eight against the Timberwolves on March 21 as he led the Mavericks in scoring with 22 points, and it featured plenty of dunks.
Over the last ten games, he averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game. Powell is making key contributions on the defensive end too. He is holding his own on the perimeter and his energy and effort are contagious. DP is not a rim protector, but he did well at keeping Karl-Anthony Towns from going off on Monday night to help the Mavericks secure a crucial victory.
The Dallas Mavericks will need Dwight Powell to convert easy baskets and play stout defense in the playoffs. If they match up against the Utah Jazz in the first round, DP will likely draw the assignment on Rudy Gobert, and the Mavs will need to keep the All-Star big man off the glass if they want to take the series.
Powell is playing his best at the right time, and fans should expect him to keep it up as teams sell out to stop Luka Doncic.