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Mavericks: Best moments from the rookie season of Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by PAUL BUCK/AFP via Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki had an incredible career. Let take a look at the best moments from his otherwise forgettable rookie season.

Dallas Mavericks fans remember a ton of Dirk Nowitzki moments. From the one-legged fadeaway to clutch playoffs shots to his retirement announcement, Dirk gave Mavs fans so much over his 21 years in Dallas.

The Smoking Cuban is going to honor Nowitzki this month. Our site will feature a series of articles about the Mavericks GOAT covering his entire NBA career. Let us start at the beginning.

Dirk Nowitzki played his entire career with the Mavs, but he was technically drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks. On draft night in 1998, Dallas acquired the German and Pat Garrity for Robert Traylor. It was a banner night for the Mavericks as they flipped Garrity and a first round pick to the Suns for Steve Nash. The team was beginning a new era with two young talents.

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The 1998 NBA lockout happened shortly after the draft. It was the first one in history that caused the league to miss games. The season was limited to 50 contests and did not begin until Feb. 1999.

It was an up and down campaign for 20-year-old Dirk. He averaged just 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game. Nowitzki shot 40.5 percent shooting from the field and 20.6 percent on his 3-pointers. It was perhaps the only forgettable season in his 21-year career.

Nowitzki’s rookie campaign still had memorable moments. Here is a look at the best ones.

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