Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki slighted in ESPN rank of best seasons

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki had the 43rd best season in NBA history in 2005-2006 according to ESPN. A look at why he was slighted a bit.

The Dallas Mavericks will never have another Dirk Nowitzki. He entered the league in 1998 but had a rocky rookie year. Then, Dirk took off. He spent 21 seasons in Dallas in total. Nowitzki was one of the best players in the NBA for most of that run. He won the MVP in 2007 along with being a 14-time All-Star and making the All-NBA teams 12 times.

ESPN did an interesting project recently. They put together the 74 best individual seasons in NBA history to celebrate the league’s 74th season. It takes a look at every game from the regular season opener through the playoffs. They do a fantastic job of laying it out in the build-up to the list.

Dirk Nowitzki’s 2005-2006 season was named the 43rd best season in NBA history.

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He was phenomenal that year. Dirk averaged 26.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 block per game during the regular season. He also led the Mavericks to the NBA Finals while producing 27.0 points and 11.7 rebounds a night in the playoffs. It was 104 games of Nowitzki greatness that nearly (and should have) ended in a Dallas Mavericks championship.

That was Nowitzki’s only spot on the list. Many other all-time greats had multiple seasons featured. Here is a look at why Dirk was slighted a bit in two different ways.

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