5 Predictions for the 2016-17 Dallas Mavericks
5.) Dirk Nowitzki Will Average Under 29 Minutes a Game
Last year, at 37 years old, Dirk averaged over 31 minutes a game as the big fella continued his Hall of Fame career.
The Mavericks probably would have loved to rest Nowitzki more throughout the season, but simply couldn’t due to scoring deficiencies and injuries across the roster. Due to the injuries to Parsons and Williams, along with Matthews recovery, Nowitzki was asked once again to lead the team in scoring.
For the first time since his rookie season, I predict Dirk will average less than 29 minutes.
Nowitzki is 38 years old entering the season and the Mavs can’t afford to ask him to log over 30 minutes a night still. Although his scoring will be needed, the Mavericks will hopefully make a conservative effort to lower his minutes this season.
Harrison Barnes will get minutes at the small ball four spot while Powell and Acy will log minutes at the four off the bench. Dallas has numerous options this year behind Nowitzki at the four.
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