Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki 17th in Bleacher Report’s NBA top 50 all-time

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) /

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.

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki is officially retired. He will not be wowing fans with another one-legged fadeaway or incredible scoring performance.

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.

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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.

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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.