Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki inspired Celtics center Daniel Theis

Tyler Watts
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 has been an inspiration to many. Hear what Celtics center Daniel Theis had to say about the Mavs GOAT here.

Dallas Mavericks icon Dirk Nowitzki dominated the NBA for nearly two decades. It was not just his incredible scoring ability. Dirk revolutionized the game of basketball. He started the stretch four movement. Now, nearly every NBA team employs one.

Nowitzki was also an inspiration in his native Germany. They are a soccer country, but Dirk made playing basketball an option. According to Real GM, there have been 22 NBA players from Germany since 1947. Seven of them were born after 1990. That means they watched Nowitzki dominating the league during their childhood.

That all goes without mentioning the impact Dirk has made with his charity. The city of Dallas named a street after him. His impact there and worldwide has been massive. He is a one of kind superstar, to say the least.

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Theis talks Dirk

One player Dirk inspired is fellow German Daniel Theis. The Celtics center did a question and answer session with fans on the NBA’s Twitter on April 4. See what he had to say about his favorite international player here.

That should come as no surprise. Nowitzki and Garnett were the two best power forwards in the league for years. Both men had unique skill sets and were difference makers on the court. KG will be entering the Hall of Fame in 2020 with Dirk to follow when is eligible.

Theis was later asked specially about Nowitzki. Check out his answer below.

It was cool to hear the Celtics big man share his thoughts on Dirk Nowitzki. Mavericks fans know Dirty is a legend and inner-circle Hall of Famer, but it is always interesting to hear the perspective of other NBA players.

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