The Dallas Mavericks have gotten off to a rough start in the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League. They have dropped their first two games and had two starters go down with injuries. Tyrell Terry straining his groin has been the biggest blow as the Mavs were hoping to see growth from the 2020 second-round draft pick.
Fans looking for a boost received one on Aug. 11 as highlights from a young Dirk Nowitzki dominating in summer league began circulating the internet. It is easy to forget just how skilled and athletic pre-prime and prime Dirk was. The package is on full display here.
Let us take a closer look at the highlights before flashing forward to what Nowitzki is doing in his post-retirement.
Throwback to Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki dominating summer league
Nowitzki has the total package on display in this clip. He is handling the ball, making plays, blocking shots, and going coast-to-coast to finish at the rim. Enjoy it below.
This was following Dirk’s rookie season where he played just 20.4 minutes per game. Nowitzki was a full-time starter and came into his own in year two. The 1999 summer league was a precursor to his sophomore success. It was fun to see a throwback of Dirk dominating that many Mavericks supporters have likely never seen.
Nowitzki is back with the Mavericks as a special advisor. He was brought on to help owner Mark Cuban hire a new head coach and general manager this summer. Dirk accompanied the Dallas brass to Slovenia to iron out Luka Doncic’s massive supermax extension. Hopefully, Nowitzki stays involved with the team in a day-to-day role this season. Stay tuned to see how it develops.
Fans looking for more Dirk Nowitzki should head over to YouTube. Watching Dirk dominate is always a fantastic time. The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to build their second title team around Luka Doncic with Nowitzki’s help. The future is bright, so do not miss a second of the action.