Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki was snubbed by Bleacher Report in their NBA top 50 of all-time ranks. See why Nowitzki was too low.
The Mavs will certainly miss him this season as they transition into the Luka Doncic era. Running mate Kristaps Porzingis could still learn a ton from Dirk. Expect the Tall Baller from the G to be helping as much as possible for years to come.
The Mavericks will be honoring Nowitzki this season. They have a silhouette of him shooting at each basket on the court this season. The street outside the American Airlines Center had a name change. It is now Nowitzki Way. Expect the legend to be honored in other ways as well.
Dirk Nowitzki is truly an all-time great. Bleacher Report produced their top 50. Let us take a look at where Dirk ranked.
BR places him 17th
Bleacher Report named Dirk Nowitzki the 17th best NBA player of all-time. That is high praise, but they got it wrong.
Directly behind Kevin Garnett was a mistake. They were contemporaries. Both won one championship and one MVP. KG made 15 All-Star appearances. Dirk had 14. Nowitzki won the battle of All-NBA honors 12 to nine, though. Nowitzki was the significantly better offensive player.
Dirk should have been in the top 15. He is the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history. The Mavericks GOAT also changed the game of basketball. He started the trend of seven-footers shooting and hitting threes. The NBA would be a totally different game today without Dirk.
Nowitzki is an all-time great. Being 17th is not a total slap in the face, but he should have been a few spots higher. Do not expect Dirk to lose any sleep over it. The Dallas Mavericks legend is living his best life in retirement, and that should bring a smile to the faces of fans everywhere.