Dallas Mavericks: Top 5 sidekicks of Dirk Nowitzki’s career

By Chad Sanchez
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Steve Nash (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki’s top sidekick: 2. Steve Nash

Nash and Nowitzki were one of the NBA’s premier duos in the early 2000s. Their style of play complemented each other. If it weren’t for these two becoming friends, the success of the franchise would’ve never happened. Fans may not be looking at Dirk as the Mavericks GOAT either.

Nash helped Nowitzki adjust when he first moved to the United States. Dirk noted his relationship with Nash is the reason he stayed. The two were unstoppable when it came to using the pick. The defender either had to stay with Nash or take on the seven-footer and get shot over.

Fans loved this combo because they made Mavs basketball something beautiful. They both helped the franchise end a decade-long playoff drought. The Mavs made the Western Conference Finals in 2003 with Nowitzki and Nash leading the way.

The duo never got over the hump, though. Fans were unable to see it through after Nash left for Phoenix in 2004.

They both did find success as rivals though, Nash won back-to-back MVP awards on the Suns. Nowitzki won an MVP and a ring in Dallas. Nash may be Dirk’s top sidekick, but they did not get enough time to see if they could win a ring as teammates.

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