Dwight Powell Feared To Have Suffered Torn Achilles

Dwight Powell went down with a non-contact injury in tonight’s tilt against the Clippers and Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link) hears that it’s believed to be a torn right Achilles tendon. So far, it has only been diagnosed as an Achilles ailment, with further testing required to confirm the severity of the injury.

The center has been a key contributor for the Mavericks, manning the starting center spot in 36 of the team’s games this year. He’s been a major reason why Dallas has overachieved and is in good position to make the postseason.

The 28-year-old has averaged 9.4 PPG and 5.7 RPG with a 63.8% field goal percentage and solid interior defense in 26.5 minutes per contest.

Powell, who entered the night ranked sixth in the league in true shooting percentage, signed a three-year extension with the Mavs prior to the season. That extension doesn’t kick in until next year and it runs through the 2022/23 campaign, paying him approximately $11MM annually.

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25 thoughts on “Dwight Powell Feared To Have Suffered Torn Achilles

  1. phillyballers

    And this is why you can’t get ahead of yourself with playoff predictions, more injuries to come to contenders.

    They have that trade exception, 11M. TT, Favors, Biyombo, Noel, Portis, Len, WCS, Dedmon all available.

    • udaman

      Favors would be a nice fit but I don’t know if the Pels will move him. Stein for how little he’s cost would be a decent stop gap

  2. x%sure

    If Doncic has an opinion, time to speak up. A variety of 5s are available.
    Assuming a Powell achilles.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Like Jonah Bolden and Kyle O’Quinn?

      I think the Mavs can do way better than either of those two.

  3. Portis would be a good fit as a replacement on the court (2 position big) and in terms of payroll (team option for next year, and this is a possible 2 year injury). Easy guy for the Knicks to move if they don’t move Randle or Morris. Assumes Mills/Perry aren’t forbidden to get in the same room with the Mavs’ FO again.

  4. formerlyz

    Wow…that really sucks for both him and the Mavs. People dont realize how good he has been for them, and how amazing the pick and roll combo has been with him and Luka, and he can shoot at times, defend pick and roll and block shots as well. They have other bigs, but it’s still a big loss. Porzingis is going to have to be better, and hopefully sees more minutes at the 5. They still need another wing defender

    • Powell is not that great…. he has 22 blocks on the season and made 10 out of 39 3s. He gets destoryed in the paint a lot. He cant even block guards that drive right at. I will say that he is hustles a lot and works extremely hard and good teammate. Not a great center though. Mavs need to upgrade finney smith and Powell. Robert covington and Aaron baynes would be huge

  5. Skip, Tampa

    Actually Drummond would be an excellent pick up for a big playoff run. Still a win even if he opts in, which he won’t do.
    Mav: Drummond, Mykhailiuk
    Pistons: Lee, Curry, 2-2nds
    As has been pointed out, lots of cheap options. None that can give the team a stat line of 18/15.
    Big time frontcourts await in the playoff. So is cheap really the best option ?

  6. Major Factuh

    This really sucks for Powell. I enjoy watching him as a high energy rim-runner; however, the Mavs needed to make a move for a center regardless of his injury. It’s just that now that I wouldn’t think anyone would take him on as part of a trade package, I don’t know.

    Personally, I would like them to go after an Adams or Tristan Thompson as I’m not too high on the possibility of Drummond. Mavs need a big defensive/rebounding presence besides KP’s shot blocking threat.

    Side note: Finney-Smith needs to eat up and hit the weight room. To be fair, Lebron, Leonard, and Jokic have their way with most, but my gosh DFS just gets discarded by these guys. Opening play of the 2nd half last night KL just shrugged him off and punched it like it was nothing. Lebron, was feasting as well in the last matchup. Reason I say Jokic, is the last image in my head was that last matchup with the Nuggets when Jokic discarded him on the go-ahead bucket. These guys are elite, yes, and I really don’t expect them to be stopped, but they’re not even being slowed down in most cases.

    • Youre not wrong. DFS is pretty bad. I mentioned this like a month ago. And how he cant guard players like PG13, Kawhi, LeBron, Simmons etc. However last night Kawhi ate up Maxi. A lot of screens set and switching.

  7. Powell is not that great…. he has 22 blocks on the season and made 10 out of 39 3s. He gets destoryed in the paint a lot. He cant even block guards that drive right at. I will say that he is hustles a lot and works extremely hard and good teammate. Not a great center though. Mavs need to upgrade finney smith and Powell. Robert covington and Aaron baynes would be huge

    • formerlyz

      Powell’s numbers as a screen setter in pick and roll, especially for Luka, are elite, and their net rating with him on the floor is still good. They need a wing in addition to Finney-Smith, who improved offensively this year. Also, I consider Finney-Smith to be more of a 4

  8. Youre not wrong. DFS is pretty bad. I mentioned this like a month ago. And how he cant guard players like PG13, Kawhi, LeBron, Simmons etc. However last night Kawhi ate up Maxi. A lot of screens set and switching.

    • Major Factuh

      Yeah, this last stretch against LA (both), Sixers, Nuggets has exposed some glaring holes. It’ll be a quick exit from the playoffs if not addressed. I like your suggestions of Covington and Baynes, that would be awesome. Ship your boy Brunson out in whatever trade happens and now we’re talkin’. lol

  9. Skip, Tampa

    The positive upside is that the Mavs have their 2023, 2025 1st, half a dozen 2nds, plus Lee and some interesting filler.
    So they can aim as high as feels comfortable.
    Those kind of assets put Centers like Turner in play, along with 3 or 4 more.

    • mavs cant trade their 2023 nor their 2025 yet. turner would be the best play, even though he cant rebound as well

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