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Mavs’ Dwight Powell reveals status on Achilles rehab

Dwight Powell, Mavs

Dallas Mavericks slotman Dwight Powell revealed that his Achilles rehab progress has been going as planned and is ready to participate in scrimmages for the Mavs.

However, given the uncertainty of the schedule for the 2020-21 campaign, the 6-foot-10 Canadian is still unsure when he will exactly make his return to the hardwood.

Dwight Powell underwent successful surgery for his torn Achilles last January, which he suffered in a regular-season game against the Los Angeles Clippers.  

Before going down with a season-ending injury, Powell was enjoying a solid season for the Mavs and was a reliable player for head coach Rick Carlisle. He averaged 9.4 points on 63.8 percent shooting from the field, to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 40 games.

Now eight months removed from the operating table, Powell shared that he has not experienced any setbacks whatsoever and has no movement limitations so far. In fact, the 29-year-old Mavs big even managed to join his teammates at Walt Disney World and continued his rehab inside the bubble.

Powell, of course, did not play but his presence on the bench showed just how dedicated he is to the organization.

Despite being in the sidelines, Powell also stayed committed to the league’s advanced social justice and COVID-19 relief and support initiatives.

The NBA recently recognized his massive contribution to the community and awarded him the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

“The game of basketball has provided me a great deal and playing in this league has always been my dream,” Powell said upon receiving the recognition.  “But more importantly, to be able to support families in their time of need and hopefully allow kids a chance to live their dreams themselves means so much more to me.”

Powell joined the likes of fellow NBA players Harrison Barnes, Jaylen Brown, George Hill, and Chris Paul who also got the same recognition for their efforts off the court this season.

The Mavs, meanwhile, are expected to be a top-tier team next season following their impressive outing in the 2019-20 campaign.