Dwight Powell is the NBA center who cannot die, continuing to play and start for the Dallas Mavericks despite their annual attempts to replace him. Kristaps Porzingis, Christian Wood, Willie Cauley-Stein, DeAndre Jordan and Nerlens Noel are all gone, and Powell remains.
The 6’10” Canadian center first arrived on the Dallas Mavericks as a part of the Rajon Rondo trade in December of 2014, with Jae Crowder highlighting a return package to the Boston Celtics. Powell was hardly a long-time Celtics player, however, landing in Boston just three months earlier.
Powell was drafted in June of 2014, and teams promptly began playing hot potato with the Stanford center. The Charlotte Bobcats drafted him, then turned around the next day and traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs signed Powell, then found out that LeBron James was coming and moved half of their bench to the Celtics to clear up roster spots for win-now veterans.
All told, then, Powell was on three different teams in the first two months of his career without playing a single game, then suited up for only five games in Boston before landing in Dallas…where he has played for the last nine seasons and racked up 582 appearances. Basketball is asymmetrical sometimes.