Dirk Nowitzki vs Tim Duncan round six pins two future Hall-of-Famers, three regular season MVPs, four finals MVPs, 26 All-Team (1-3) seasons, and two players who even at their respective ages, are still getting it done.
- Stats: 21.7 points, 49.6% fg, 39.8% 3pt, 6.2 rebounds
- Pros: Can score and shoot from all spots on the court. Better rebounder than numbers show. Good help defender. Takes care of the ball. Excellent 3-pt range. Demands the attention of the whole defense with or without the ball. Good passer.
- Cons: Not the fastest or more athletic power forward in the league. Doesn’t get many blocks for being seven feet tall. As he’s gotten older, he’s relied more on his jumper than his back to basket game and iso moves. Can’t stay with quick player.
- Responsibilities: Simple, carry the Mavericks’ offense. Nowitzki will and has always demanded the defense’s attention. A strong showing from Nowitzki can make things interesting for the Mavs.
- Stats: 15.1 points, 49% fg, 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 blocks
- Pros: Great post defender. Great shot blocker and rim protector. Great around the basket. Great post player.
- Cons: Not as mobile or agile as he once was. Doesn’t posses good 3-pt range.
- Responsibilities: Anchor both sides of the court. Even at his age, Duncan is still a presence on the boards, paint, and on the block. Duncan hasn’t been asked to score as much as previous seasons due to the Spurs balanced attack. But if the Spurs hit a cold streak, don’t be surprised to see a heavy dose of Duncan post ups.