Dallas, Texas — Dallas Mavericks center, Dwight Powell, has defied the odds two years removed from the worst injury of his career.

In 2019, Powell tore his Achilles. Yet, by 2022, Powell leads the Mavericks in games played (81), and after Sunday night, he will be the only player on the team to appear in all 82 games. His iron man disposition has also warranted the attention of NBA superstar and Achilles tear survivor Kevin Durant, who praised him for putting the injury behind him.

“[Shoutout to] Dwight Powell,” Durant tweeted on Saturday. “[He] made that Achilles injury look like nothing.”

Powell played in 58 games last season. It was his first year back, and often with injuries to Achillies, it takes two years for a player to feel confident in his rebuilt tendon. And in this season, Powell has put his confidence in his ability on full display.

He’s averaging 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He is also shooting a career-best 66.8 percent from the field — a mark that sits third-best in Mavericks history.

Powell’s impressive year doesn’t stop there. Since the Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis, he is averaging 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 70.1 percent from the field. And in the last 10 games, those numbers get even better at 13.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 78.5 percent from the field.

In what has amounted to an iron man year, Powell has showcased how reliable he can be. It also helps that he has a contract year looming. He may not be Dallas’ long-term solution at the center position, but this year, he’s done everything anyone can ask of him.

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