Dallas Mavericks: Kevin Durant’s game draws Dirk Nowitzki comparison

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki will not be forgotten in retirement. Marc Stein compares Kevin Durant to the future Hall of Famer.

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki will go down in NBA history as one of the greatest players of all-time. He should be a first ballot and inner circle Hall of Famer. Dirk revolutionized the game. He is also near the top in a plethora of all-time statistics.

The legend retired at the end of the 2018-2019 season. It was not before two memorable performances to close out his career. Dirk’s 21 years in Dallas is a rare feat that is worth celebrating.

In many ways, Nowitzki is the Dallas Mavericks. He is their greatest player. Fans may be worrying about him being forgotten. That isn’t happening.

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KD compared to Dirk

Kevin Durant had a monster game to push the Warriors past the Clippers and into the second round of the playoffs. He had 50 points on 26 field goal attempts. No defender was stopping KD on April 26. It marked his second straight game with over 45 points and four straight over 30.

Marc Stein sent out the following Tweet during the first half of Friday’s Warriors vs. Clippers game.

The quote is a testament to both players. Each man is one of the best players of his era. They are two future first-ballot Hall of Famers. Players like Durant may not exist without Dirk revolutionizing the game. Seven-footers that shot 3-pointers and spaced the floor were not a hot commodity until Nowitzki did his thing.

Any time a player drills a one-legged fadeaway it reminds everyone of Dirk. That shot and the stretch big man are just two of the many things that will keep Nowitzki fresh in the minds of fans. Legends never perish, and Dirk Nowitzki is in that class.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki had Kevin Durant compared to him during KD’s magnificent performance on Friday evening. It has been a fun first round of the playoffs with the best still yet to come. The only thing that would make it better is Dallas making a deep run.

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That is the hope for next season. They have two pillars in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to build on that this offseason. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest news and rumors.