Dallas Mavericks history: 5 all-time players we’re most thankful for
By Noah Rubinstein
Dallas Mavericks players we’re thankful for: 1. Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki is the only player in Mavs history to be named regular season MVP, finals MVP, and lead the team to their only NBA championship. For 21 seasons, He displayed what it means to be selfless, hard-working, and passionate. Dirk was and continues to be a role model.
Nowitzki is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with one team, and he changed the way the NBA game is played. Before Dirk, big men did not shoot threes regularly, rarely put the ball on the floor, and nobody dared to attempt a one-legged fadeaway. Maverick’s fans will never be able to put into words what the Tall Baller from the G means to them and the rest of the world may not either.
In his playing days, Dirk achieved a 50/40/90 season. He averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game during the 2011 championship run. Nowitzki stayed committed to Dallas regardless of what happened. He won a championship without any other All-Stars on his team and did it by taking down LeBron James’ big three in Miami.
Dirk already has a street named after him, his jersey will soon be retired, and he will have a statue in front of the American Airlines Center. Dirk provided Mavericks fans with the ultimate joy, happiness, sadness, tears, and every emotion in between.
As a Dallas Mavericks fan, it would be a crime to not be thankful for Dirk every day. Be sure to be a little extra grateful for Nowitzki this holiday season.