Mavs Dwight Powell Season In Review
Drafted 45th overall out of Stanford by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 NBA Draft, Dwight Powell was eventually traded to the Boston Celtics by way of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Later on in his rookie season, after bouncing back and forth from the Celtics to their D-League affiliate – the Maine Red Claws, Powell was traded to the Dallas Mavericks as part of the now-infamously regrettable trade for Rajon Rondo. Once a part of the Mavs, Powell was inconsistent at best for most of the season, and struggled to find a way into the rotation.
As a Maverick, the Canadian big man averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game on the season, with his best game coming in a 109-106 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, in which he scored 10 points, grabbed six boards, and blocked a shot. Powell showed promise through some parts of the season, but with the emergence of Al-Farouq Aminu, his playtime became sparse.
As part of the Texas Legends, Powell was a D-League stud, averaging 26 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest -- including a season-high 35 points against the LA Defenders. As seen in the highlight video below, Powell possesses a great deal of raw talent and athleticism ... talent that the Mavs were obviously intrigued by when he was included in the Rondo deal:
“I still have to prove myself regardless of the situation,” Powell said earlier this year. “I’m just going to keep trying to work hard and show that I’m working hard and bring full effort every time (coach Rick Carlisle) gives me an opportunity.”
Moving into the off-season, the former Stanford standout is one of four returning under-contract players on the roster (at $845,059), and the Mavs front office is optimistic about his future. With his role expected to increase next season, it is notable that Powell has become the piece of the Rondo trade that the Mavericks will attempt to build on. Powell’s undeniable athletic ability, coupled with his size and young age, gives the Mavs something to be excited about going forward. Whether or not they will be able to unlock that potential remains to be seen. ... but he's getting all the work he can, including a likely stint this summer with the Canadian National Team.
DB.com will say this, having seen every home game he played in Frisco: Powell is very competitive, coachable and intelligent. There is some potential there.
“That’s a coach’s question, but it wouldn’t surprise me,” said GM Donnie Nelson when asked of Powell's chance to be a rotation player in 2015-16. But for now? DallasBasketball.com Season Grade is a "C,'' based on fulfilling expectations that were truly non-existent when Powell came to town.
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