Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki can still throw down a dunk

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki may be entering his 21st season in the NBA, but he can still throw down a dunk as we saw on Aug. 29.

The Dallas Mavericks have an unquestioned top player in their franchise history and he is still an active player.  Dirk Nowitzki epitomizes greatness and is entering his 21st season with the only franchise he has ever called home.

Dirk turned 40 in June and he cannot handle the massive 38 minute per night workloads he did in his prime.  Nowitzki still has a lot left in the tank, though.  He has settled into a 25 minutes per game role.  Dirk continues to be efficient and effective in his gig.  Expect it to continue this season.

The only change Nowitzki may face is he might not be in the starting five for the first time in a long while.  That story is something to watch for during training camp.

Nowitzki dunks in workout video

Dirk showed that he still has it in a workout video posted by J.J. Barea on Instagram.  You can check out Nowitzki’s behind the back dribble to a slam here courtesy of the Mavericks official Twitter account.

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It was a nifty dunk produced by Dirk and something you are going to want to check out.

A perfect response from Dirk

The future Hall of Famer is hilarious.  He is perhaps the funniest player in the NBA, so naturally, he had the perfect response to the video.  You can see Dirk’s Tweet here.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki can still throw down a dunk at age 40.  Speculation continues about Dirk’s retirement, but the big man can still ball.  He could probably play another three or four seasons if he desired to do so.  The question will be how the German wants to go out and when he feels the time is right.

The Mavericks are hoping to qualify for the playoffs this season and give Nowitzki a chance to retire after a postseason game.  That is the organization’s goal and it may be more realistic than fans think.  Stay tuned to see how the Mavs perform this season.

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