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Mavs’ Rick Carlisle, Salah Mejri praise Dwight Powell’s ‘hard work’

Dwight Powell, Salah Mejri, Rick Carlisle, Mavs

Dallas Mavericks big man Dwight Powell put up another solid performance on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 25 points (on a highly-efficient 8-of-9 shooting), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block in 31 minutes of action. This was just the latest of Powell’s recent hot streak, and no less than Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle praised the 27-year-old for all his hard work.

“He’s put a lot of work in,” coach Rick Carlisle told Brian Kalbrosky of HoopsHype. “A lot of players don’t work on finishing around the basket. He works on it with pads and stuff like that. He is fortunate enough to be around guys who can make those plays and get him the ball.”

Teammate Salah Mejri also had nothing but good things to say his fellow Mavs big man.

“He’s maybe the hardest worker in the NBA,” Mejri said. “I’ve seen him as the first one to arrive and the last to leave. Even when his knee was banged up, he was still pushing himself. He has been working on his game, his shot. He got way quicker, too. That’s very useful in the league for a bigger guy. He can dribble and get to the basket. He’s very athletic. This year, he’s been playing constantly and that has built his confidence, too. He’s been doing great things.”

Powell is currently on the third year of his four-year, $37 million deal with the Mavs. He has a player option for next season so the 6-foot-11 big will have some thinking to do over the summer.