Dwight Harlan Powell was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Harlan Powell and Jacqueline Weir in 1991. As a youth, he moved to the United States and attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for three years. During his senior season at IMG, Powell averaged 23.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. During the summer of 2009, he was one of two high school players invited to train with the Canadian national team. Since joining the NBA, Powell has taken part in various charitable causes. He received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for October 2018 in recognition of his efforts to support families battling cancer in the greater Dallas area. In addition, he participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program as a coach in 2017 and 2018. Learn more about Powell by following him on Twitter (@DwightPowell33) and Instagram (@dwightpowell).
Dwight Powell holds career averages of 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 18.5 minutes per game in 429 games (108 starts) with Boston and Dallas. The athletic big man has shot 56.9 percent (1,182-of-2,079) from the field for his career.
Powell (6-10, 240) was selected by Charlotte in the second round (45th overall pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft. Before making his NBA debut, he was traded to Cleveland (July 12, 2014) and then to Boston (Sept. 25, 2014). Powell was acquired by the Mavericks in the Rajon Rondo deal that sent Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a future first-round pick and future second-round selection to the Celtics on Dec. 18, 2014.
As a senior at Stanford, the Toronto native was named All-Pac-12 First Team while averaging 14.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He also earned Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
Off the court, Powell continues to work tirelessly in the community and was a recipient of the 2019-20 End-of-Season NBA Cares Community Assist Award. Among his many contributions in 2019-20, Powell hosted his second annual ‘A Night of Hope’ to help patients and their children cope with cancer. The event raised $750,000, bringing the total raised in the past 14 months to over $1.5 million. Powell teamed with Luka Dončić, Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation to donate $500,000 to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his commitment to social justice, he orchestrated the team’s plan to wear the word “Equality” on the back of their jerseys during the 2019-20 restart. Powell, who was also a finalist for the 2018-19 End-of-Season NBA Cares Community Assist Award, continues to support cancer patients and their families through the Dwight Powell Children and Family Support Fund.