Dwight Powell making Dallas feel better about the Rondo trade
When the Dallas Mavericks traded Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and Brandon Wright to the Celtics last December in exchange for Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell, they thought they were getting a superstar point guard and floor leader who was going to give Dirk Nowitzki another shot to win a title.
Instead, what they got was a guy whose bad attitude and stubbornness were starting overshadow his game, which appeared to be on a steep decline. Although Rondo seems to be fitting in a little better in Sacramento, his stint with the Mavs last year was a disaster.
Besides the disappointment of Rondo, they got a 23 year-old forward who had yet to prove himself in the NBA and was considered no more than a throw-in at the time. Dwight Powell played in only five games for Boston last year before the trade.
Through the first five games of this season, however, Dwight is showing that the Rondo trade wasn't completely regrettable from a Mavericks standpoint. Powell is playing 22 minutes a game and averaging 10.6 points and 8.2 rebounds.
On Thursday night against the Hornets, he scored 14 points on 6-12 shooting and grabbed 9 boards.
Following the game, the Dallas Mavericks' official Twitter page had some fun with Powell's recent success at the expense of Rajon Rondo, claiming that Rondo was the throw-in in a deal that they agreed was a steal in regards to Dwight.