Dallas Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki patented the iconic one-legged fadeaway that is used by so many players in the league today. It is impossible to block and turned him into arguably the greatest mid-range shooter of all time.
Dirk’s signature shot is a topic for a novel. There is so much to say about it from the Tall Baller from the G spending countless hours in the gym perfecting it to how it helped change the game. Nowitzki revolutionize the power forward position and is less than one year away from being a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His signature shot played a massive role in both.
Bleacher Report ranked the filthiest signature moves in the modern NBA to celebrate the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees. Dirk’s iconic one-legged fadeaway appeared on the list, but it was ranked far too low. Here is a look at where it landed and why it should have been significantly higher.
Dirk Nowitzki’s signature shot was disrespected in Bleacher Report rankings
B/R only looked at moves from the 3-point era, which began in the 1979-1980 season, and they made it clear that is not a rundown of the best. They factored in looks and were looking for highlight reel material.
Nowitzki’s jumper was incredible and sparked a whole new generation of players who practiced the move as they imitated Dirk Nowitzki in the backyard or in gyms across the country. For it to land seventh was too low. The one-legged fadeaway is so cool that everyone from Luka Doncic to the sixth man coming off the bench is hitting it in games in 2022.
Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Maverick Tim Hardaway Sr. landed third on the list with his crossover.
Nowitzki should have been in the top five because he can shuffle right into his one-legged fadeaway and literally attempt a clean look every time. Think about how many times you see it while watching an NBA game. Dirk’s one-legged fadeaway is certainly one of the five filthiest moves in the modern NBA, and it has a strong case at number two behind only Michael Jordan’s fadeaway.
The list featured the signature moves of the two NBA Hall of Famers from the class of 2022, and it will be interesting to see if Dirk Nowitzki moves up as he gets inducted into the Hall of Fame next fall. The Dallas Mavericks GOAT will unquestionably be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and fans should already be marking their calendars for the celebration. Expect to see plenty of Dirk this season, and get ready for his statue unveiling. That will certainly be another night to remember.