Dallas Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki dominated the mid-range in the 2000s

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

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki dominated the mid-range in 2000s

Dallas Mavericks supporters know that Dirk Nowitzki was one of the NBA’s best scorers for two decades. He paved the way for stretch fours in today’s game. His incredible combination of size and touch allowed to score 31,560 points which remain the sixth most in league history.

ESPN ran the numbers from the 2010s to show the Dirk dominated on the block for that decade. He was the most efficient scorer from both sides of the court. Fans can read more about that here.

They decided to the same thing for the first decade of this century. ESPN broke down the best and worst shooters from every zone on the floor from 2000 to 2009. Each spot featured three players. They are the man who made the most shots, the highest shooting percentage, and the worst volume shooter from there. Nowitzki was all over this list.

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Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki dominates the mid-range

They broke the mid-range down into four parts. Dirk made the most field goals in three of the four. He was bested on the left block by Kevin Garnett. None was more impressive than Dirk’s 2,369 made field goals from the right block. It is precisely why there is a silhouette of the Mavericks GOAT on the American Airlines Center floor there today.

That is incredible mid-range dominance. He made the most field goals in three of the four zones. Bruce Bowen was the only other player to make the most field goals in multiple zones. The Spurs wing dominated the corner 3-pointers in the 2000s.

There were other former Mavericks who made this list. Steve Nash was the most efficient 3-point shooter from both zones at the top of the arc. Current Mavs assistant coach Darrell Armstrong was also featured in the video.

ESPN did a fantastic job of further proving Dirk’s dominance. The fact that he stayed at the top of his game for so long made it more impressive. Mavs fans should be excited for his jersey retirement and the statue being built outside the American Airlines Center. There are never too many ways to honor the Mavericks GOAT.

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