The Dallas Mavericks drafted a slender seven-footer out of Wurzburg, Germany in 1998, and nobody predicted he would go down as one of the all-time greats, but Dirk Nowitzki did just that. He played 21 straight seasons in a Mavs uniform and changed the game. Dirk’s iconic one-legged fadeaway is done by all the top players in the NBA today.
There is no debating Nowitzki’s status as the Mavericks GOAT or as an all-time great. He is sixth all-time in scoring and fourth in games played. Dirk averaged over 20 points a night for 12 straight seasons. He was a 14-time All-Star, 12-time All-NBA selection, and 2007 MVP. Nowitzki did it all in his basketball career, including bringing a championship to Dallas in 2011.
The NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, and they have a ton of festivities planned. One of which is honoring the best players in league history by naming them to NBA 75,and unsurprisingly, Dirk Nowitzki made the list on the first 25 players released on Oct. 19.
Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki named to NBA 75
Nowitzki was a no-brainer selection as he is one of the 20 best players in league history. The NBA did not rank them on this list. They are just naming the 75 top talents as voted on by a select panel of media, players, coaches, GMs, and team executives. Dirk was a cannot miss selection, but it is still awesome to see him honored by the esteemed voters.
It is a special season for Dirk Nowitzki. He is back with the Mavericks as a special advisor and serving the league as an ambassador for this historic anniversary campaign. Now, Dirk was named as one of the 75 best players in league history, and owner Mark Cuban talked about potentially retiring his jersey too. Nowitzki is headed for the Hall of Fame in 2023 with plenty of accolades to his name, including being named to the NBA 75 and more still rolling in.
Dallas Mavericks fans should see more of Dirk this season, so please stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.