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5 things that separate Dirk Nowitzki from other all-time greats

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Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki
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Separating Dirk Nowitzki from other all-time greats: 4. Signature shot

Dominating on the court is one thing, but Dirk took his game to another level by having an iconic shot. The one-legged fadeaway will forever be linked to Nowitzki. He made it his own, and fans see them hit on a nightly basis in the NBA thanks to Dirk.

Only a handful of all-time greats have their own shot. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had the skyhook. Michael Jordan sank the fadeaway. Hakeem Olajuwon hit the dream shake. Only a few players in the history of the NBA have a signature shot connected to their legacy, and Dirk is one of them.

The move is so iconic that the Mavericks have a silhouette of Nowitzki sinking it on their court.  Few things bring MFFL’s more joy than watching current Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic hitting Dirk’s iconic shot on top of the silhouette. Fans can see an example below.

Dirk’s one-legged fadeaway is an unstoppable move. No defender can get close enough to contest it leaving him at the mercy of the legend. It is fantastic to see so many players using it in the NBA today, and every single one can thank Dirk Nowitzki for perfecting it.