Dallas Mavericks: All-time starting 5 for the franchise
Dallas Mavericks all-time starting power forward: Dirk Nowitzki
This is a non-negotiable choice. No arguments can be made against Dirk as the best Mavs player of all-time. Dirk accounts for 14 of the 31 Mavs All-Star selections. He is the only Maverick to win MVP and Finals MVP. Nowitzki sits sixth on the all-time scoring list. He is arguably the best European player in NBA history too.
Dirk changed the way the NBA is played. He took down LeBron’s Big Three Heat to win the Mavericks only championship. Dirk will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He perfected a one-legged fadeaway that is used across the NBA today. He produced an elusive 50/40/90 season in 2007.
Overall, there are not enough words to explain how special Dirk was, and why he is the greatest Maverick of all time.
Dirk’s 21 seasons with the Mavericks set a record. No players have ever played with one team for longer. He led the Mavs in win shares 14 times. Dirks’s loyalty resonated with Mavericks fans and the entire league. Nobody worked harder than Nowitzki. When the league called him soft, he kept coming back stronger until he won the title in 2011. There was no question about his selection.