Dallas Mavericks who look ready for regular season: 3. Dwight Powell
Head coach Jason Kidd wasted no time in naming Powell the team’s starting center, which came as a slight surprise given the Mavs depth at the position. DP struggled last season as he was returning from Achilles surgery, but he looks healthy and ready for a career year after getting his body right in the offseason.
Powell averaged 11.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game over his three preseason contests. He shot 76.5 percent from the field, including hitting four of six 3-point tries. It is a small sample size, but DP looks more comfortable and confident stepping into those wide-open triples this season.
The Mavs are starting Dwight Powell because he is an excellent pick and roll partner for Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic. The 30-year-old has his athleticism and leaping ability back, which should lead to plenty of alley-oops this season.
Powell’s preseason play solidified his position in the starting five on opening night, but it will be interesting to see if coach Kidd plays the matchups with his opening unit. Former Mavs boss Rick Carlisle was never afraid to change up the starting five if he thought it gave Dallas the best opportunity to win, but will J-Kidd feel the same way? Regardless, Powell looks healthy and ready for a career year.