Dwight Powell
Dwight Powell
28-Year-Old CenterC
Dallas Mavericks
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Injury Achilles
Est. Return 11/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 45th overall pick out of Stanford in the 2014 NBA Draft, Powell's role has been consistently growing year-to-year. He saw a career-high 21.6 minutes per game last season, and he drew 22 starts across 77 appearances. While Powell's season numbers (10.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 APG) don't jump off the page, it's important to look at what he accomplished as a starter. In his 22 starts, he averaged 14.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and a combined 1.7 blocks/steals. Maybe most impressive is his efficiency, with Powell shooting 64.6 percent from the field as a starter, plus 44.4 percent from three and 73.8 percent from the charity stripe. With DeAndre Jordan signing in Brooklyn during the offseason, Powell figures to transition into a full-time starting role during 2019-20. As a result, his fantasy value should hit a new high. He's a relatively low-usage player, but will be a strong contributor in the field-goal and free-throw percentage categories as a big man. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $33 million contract extension with the Mavericks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Dwight Harlan Powell was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Harlan Powell and Jacqueline Weir in 1991. As a youth, he moved to the United States and attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for three years. During his senior season at IMG, Powell averaged 23.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. During the summer of 2009, he was one of two high school players invited to train with the Canadian national team. Since joining the NBA, Powell has taken part in various charitable causes. He received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for October 2018 in recognition of his efforts to support families battling cancer in the greater Dallas area. In addition, he participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program as a coach in 2017 and 2018. Learn more about Powell by following him on Twitter (@DwightPowell33) and Instagram (@dwightpowell).

College/International Summary

For the first two seasons of his Cardinal career, Powell was a part-time starter. The 6-foot-8 forward provided 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. He had a pair of double-doubles, including 11 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Oregon. Powell's minutes dipped as a sophomore since the Cardinal also had Josh Owens, Josh Huestis and Andrew Zimmerman on the roster. Stanford won the NIT Championship and Powell had 18 points and nine rebounds in a win over Illinois State. The Canadian big man established himself as a starter during his junior year. He provided 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. He opened the season with a career-high 27 points and bested that three weeks later with 29 points. Powell put up 17 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to USC. Powell won the Pac-12's Most Improved Player award. The Cardinal returned to the NCAA Tournament in Powell's senior season. He averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He had 15 points and seven rebounds as Stanford knocked Kansas out in the Round of 32. Powell declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 45th overall pick.

Progresses to jogging, shooting
CDallas Mavericks
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July 1, 2020
Powell (Achilles) recently progressed to jogging and on-court shooting, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
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Powell underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon in late January, so it's encouraging he's starting to make some tangible basketball-related progress just over five months later. Prior to getting hurt, Powell was enjoying a strong season for the Mavericks, averaging 9.4 points (63.8 percent from the field), 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.5 minutes per game. A start date for the 2020-21 NBA season has yet to be firmly set, but if the upcoming campaign doesn't begin until at least mid-to-late December, Powell should have a decent shot at being cleared for the opener.
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2018

Powell turned in the best season of his career thus far in 2018-19. Over the course of 77 games (22 starts) for the Mavericks, he averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 combined steals and blocks despite being limited to 21.6 minutes per game. Powell started the season hot, averaging 15.7 points over the Mavericks' first three games despite never cracking 20 minutes in that time. However, limited playing time moderated his contributions for much of the season's first half. Everything changed for him after New Year's, though. From Jan. 2 on, Powell averaged 25.4 minutes per game, rewarding the Mavericks with 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest in that span. Overall, he scored in double digits 40 times, topping 20 points on seven occasions. His biggest game came Mar. 6 against Washington, when Powell made 11-of-12 shots en route to 26 points with 10 rebounds. That was one of six double-doubles he tallied on the season. On Mar. 26, Powell recorded another impressive double-double, delivering a 21-point, 13-rebound, four-block performance in a home loss to the Kings. The 6-foot-10 big man also posted a career-high block total with 50, averaging 0.6 per game.

2017

Powell once again mostly served as a reliable reserve big man in Dallas in 2017-18, though he did begin to crack the starting lineup with more regularity. The Stanford product set new career highs with 79 games and 24 starts. He played more than 20 minutes per game (21.2) for the first time in the NBA and posted a new career high with 8.5 points per game. Powell was a highly efficient scorer, knocking down 59.3 percent of his shots from the field. He also held his own at the free-throw line, connecting on 71.9 percent of his attempts. As a starter, Powell actually improved on both those numbers, shooting 61.3 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the line. In his 24 starts, he recorded 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Powell tied his career high of 21 points on two separate occasions, adding eight boards both times. He grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Indiana on Feb. 26, adding 10 points for one of his five double-doubles. Powell even added better long-range shooting to his repertoire. After shooting just 25.7 percent from beyond the arc over his first three seasons, Powell upped that mark to 33.3 percent, making a career-high 28 threes in the process.

2016

Powell's third NBA season saw him continue to grow his game and his role with the Mavericks after re-signing over the summer. He played in a career-high 77 games in 2016-17, starting three and averaging 17.3 minutes per contest. That was enough of a bump for Powell to post career highs with 6.7 points, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks per game while tying the previous season's mark with 4.0 rebounds per game. He shot 51.5 percent from the field and 75.9 percent from the line -- also career bests. The Stanford product posted 24 games with double-digit points, including a pair of double-doubles. Powell notched a career-high 13 rebounds in one of those double-doubles, Dec. 30 against the Warriors. He also set a new career high in scoring with 21 points -- rounded out with five boards, two assists, two steals and a block -- on Apr. 9 against Phoenix. On Dec. 19, he blocked three shots in a game for the first time in his career, complementing 11 points and eight rebounds. Powell picked up five steals on two occasions and multi-steal efforts in 16 games overall.

2015

After bouncing across four franchises in his rookie season, Powell settled in as a regular off the bench for the Mavericks in the 2015-16 campaign. He appeared in 69 games, starting twice and averaging 14.4 minutes per game. As a result, he improved upon his rookie stats with 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game alongside a 49.3 shooting percentage. Powell also turned in a solid 73.9 percent free-throw percentage. The Stanford grad posted 18 games with double-digit points, including a trio of double-doubles. On Nov. 13, he set a new career high with 12 rebounds alongside 10 points, two assists and a steal against the Lakers. His highest-scoring game came Mar. 28, when Powell notched 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting along with seven rebounds, two steals and a block in a rare start. Powell set a new career high with three steals against Denver on Nov. 28. He also blocked two shots on five occasions.

2014

The Hornets claimed Powell out of Stanford with the 45th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but he was shipped to Cleveland on Jul. 12. Then, on Sept. 25, he was traded again, this time to Boston. Powell appeared in five games for the Celtics, averaging 1.8 points in 1.8 minutes per game. He went on to be traded a third time on Dec. 18, this time heading to Dallas. The Mavericks provided Powell with more opportunities, as he played in 24 games, averaging 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds over 9.5 minutes. He spent multiple stints in the NBA Development League at both stops, playing in a total of 12 games and raising eyebrows with 26.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. At the NBA level, Powell cracked double-digit points on two occasions, both with Dallas. He scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists and a block at Denver on Jan. 14, then posted 10 points with six boards, two assists and a block against New Orleans on Jan. 25. In between, Powell set his personal best in single-game rebounding with 10 boards against Minnesota on Jan. 21.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2nd round (45th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • June 27, 2014
    Traded by the Charlotte Bobcats with Brendan Haywood to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Alonzo Gee.
  • August 23, 2014
    Signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • September 25, 2014
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with John Lucas III, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, a 2016 2nd round draft pick and a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for Keith Bogans, a 2015 2nd round draft pick and a 2017 2nd round draft pick.
  • December 18, 2014
    Traded by the Boston Celtics with Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, a 2016 1st round draft pick and a 2016 2nd round draft pick
  • July 8, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks
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Powell was in and out of the starting lineup all year for the Mavericks in 2017-18, as the frontcourt rotation changed on a night-to-night basis depending on the opposing matchup. That said, it still allowed Powell to put together the most productive season of his career. The 6-foot-11 big man averaged 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 21.2 minutes, while shooting 59.3 percent from the field. That didn't put him on the radar in the majority of Fantasy leagues, but for basketball purposes alone, he was a solid option for Dallas that could play multiple frontcourt spots. Despite his efforts, Powell's potential upside took a significant hit this offseason, with the Mavericks opting to sign star center DeAndre Jordan in free agency. Jordan will immediately slot into the starting five, which means Powell will translate back into a full-time reserve role. Look for Powell's workload to take a slight hit as he works behind the likes of Jordan, Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes, so he can once again be avoided in the bulk of leagues.
Powell continued to progress during his third year in Dallas, averaging a career-high 17.3 minutes as a key reserve in the frontcourt. For the most part, he was stuck behind Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes at the power forward spot, although he occasionally helped out as a small-ball center. He finished the season averaging 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field. That translated to a slight increase in his scoring totals, but he failed to progress as a three-point shooter and still remains somewhat limited offensively. With the Mavericks bringing back nearly everyone in the frontcourt from a year ago, Powell's role isn't expected to change much. Dirk Nowitzki is only getting older and could have his workload scaled back, although that shouldn't result in any drastic changes for Powell. He'll likely remain one of the top reserves at both power forward and center, but that still only affords him minutes in the upper-teens or low-20's on most nights. For that reason, Powell's Fantasy upside will continue to be nearly non-existent in anything but the deepest of leagues.
In his second NBA season, Powell emerged as a consistent role player off the bench, averaging 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game. The Mavericks rewarded the 25-year-old with a four-year, $37 million contract in the offseason, essentially offering a vote of confidence in him as a building block for the future. Powell is expected to step into a larger role in 2016-17, but he'll still be stuck behind veteran Dirk Nowitzki at the power forward spot. Nowitzki's production has yet to drop off, and until that happens, Powell may have a difficult time carving out high-end minutes. However, if Nowitzki finally regresses this season or sustains an injury, Powell's fantasy stock would increase significantly.
The 24-year-old Powell joined the Mavericks mid-season as a part of the failed Rajon Rondo trade. After appearing in just five games with Boston, Powell appeared in 24 games with Dallas and made regular appearances for the team's D-League affiliate. Overall, he averaged 3.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, and 0.2 blocks per game in 10 minutes of playing time in his rookie season. Powell finished the year shooting a respectable 46 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line. He did turn some heads this summer as he was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team after averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steal in six starts for Dallas' summer league squad. Powell also joined the Canadian National Team over the summer, gaining valuable experience off the bench. He remains a project in his second season in the league, and the Mavericks have encouraged him to extend his range to earn an increased role in the system. Powell should see a bump in minutes with Dallas' depth behind Dirk Nowitzki looking a bit thin.
Dwight Powell was the taken with the 45th pick overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014 NBA Draft. He was subsequently traded to Cleveland along with Brendan Haywood for Scotty Hopson and cash. The 23-year-old power forward spent four years with the Stanford Cardinal where he led the team in scoring as a junior with 15 points per game and was second on the team last year at 14 points. Powell has a nicely diversified game and can score in a variety of ways. His range didn't extend well to three-point land in college, and he was only 10-of-39 (26 percent) on three-pointers as a senior. He had four double-doubles in 2013-14 and scored 28 points (Nov. 11 against BYU and Feb. 1 vs. Arizona State). As competition got stiffer, fouls became a problem for Powell. In the last four games of the season, he accrued four fouls in each game and fouled out of the win over New Mexico in the NCAA tournament with just three points. The Canadian will join fellow countryman Tristan Thompson in the Cavaliers' frontcourt but will likely spend the majority of his season in the D-League with the Canton Charge.
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Undergoes surgery
CDallas Mavericks
Out For Season
January 28, 2020
Powell underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair his ruptured right Achilles' tendon.
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Ruptured Achilles confirmed
CDallas Mavericks
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January 22, 2020
The Mavericks announced Wednesday that Powell suffered a rupture of his right Achilles' tendon during Tuesday's 110-107 loss to the Clippers.
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Headed for MRI on Wednesday
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Out For Season
January 22, 2020
Coach Rick Carlisle said Powell is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday after he suffered what the Mavericks fear is a torn right Achilles' tendon in Tuesday's 110-107 loss to the Clippers, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports.
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Torn Achilles expected
CDallas Mavericks
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January 21, 2020
Powell is expected to have suffered a torn right Achilles tendon, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Out with Achilles injury
CDallas Mavericks
Out For Season
January 21, 2020
Powell suffered an Achilles injury during Tuesday's game against the Clippers, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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