1. Dirk Nowitzki
There is probably no other former Dallas Mavericks player who would fit better with this campaign's Mavs than the franchise G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) himself, Dirk Nowitzki.
Imagine the 14-time All-Star on this team. Opponents would have an impossible task of devising a defensive scheme that could stop the trio of Nowitzki, Luka Doncic, and Kyrie Irving. While the "Dunking Deutschman" expressed the desire to play with Doncic longer, Mavs fans likely have a similar wish.
As it turned out, the European legends played only 42 contests together, as Luka's rookie season coincided with Dirk's farewell tour. But what if their careers and primes overlapped? Mavs minority owner Mark Cuban once said in an interview with FanSided's Mark Carman that such a scenario would have allowed the NBA world to see the second coming of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Instead, what Doncic has now is the opportunity to do better than Nowitzki, although he has quite a ways to go. Despite having achieved more than the Hall of Famer at the same point in their respective careers, he still lacks the hardware, particularly an MVP award and a championship ring, to even be worthy of such a comparison.
But the onus shouldn't fall on the four-time All-NBA First-Team selection to earn those honors, as Dallas also has the responsibility of building a competitive roster around him.
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