Mavs’ Dwight Powell expected to miss the rest of the season with torn Achilles
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 22, 2020
Powell suffered the injury in the Mavs’ Wednesday night game against the Los Angeles Clippers with 2:57 left in the first quarter. As a non-contact injury, fans feared the worst — and it sadly looks as if those fears have been confirmed.
The 28-year-old was having a strong season alongside Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis this year, starting in 36 games in the 2019-20 season and becoming one of the league leaders in offensive rating per 100 possessions at a lofty 135. He led the league in that statistic for two straight seasons prior to this year.
The six-year veteran was averaging 9.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game before suffering the season-ending injury. The latter two statistics were both career-highs, and he was also shooting a career-high 64 percent from the field (though it must be noted that 82.9 percent of his shots came from two-point range with 68 percent of those coming right at the rim).
After four years of college at Stanford, Powell was actually drafted by the then Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) in 2014 before being swiftly dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. A few months later, in September, Powell was traded to the Boston Celtics where he played nine minutes across five games before being included in the Rajon Rondo trade to the Mavs.
Here’s to hoping that Dwight Powell has a swift and successful recovery and comes back to his rim-running ways as soon as possible.