The Dallas Mavericks are happy to have Dirk Nowitzki back with the organization, even in a limited role as special advisor to owner Mark Cuban. In many ways, Dirk is the Mavericks. He was the face of the team for two decades as he changed the game of basketball and did a ton of charity work to improve the city and the world.
Fans know Nowitzki dominated the mid-range as he patented the one-legged fadeaway that fans see so many players doing today. Dirk could beat the defense in so many different ways, but nothing was more satisfying than watching him leave the defender helpless as he sank a silky smooth jumper over them.
ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry combed through the NBA’s stats to determine the best jump shooters (suscription required) over the last 25 when the tracking data improved. Where did Dirk rank on that list?
Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki ranks as third-best shooter in last 25 years
Nowitzki earns praise as the top mid-range and fadeaway shooter in the article before Goldsberry ends with the stat that Dirk made over an astonishing 28 miles of buckets during his 21-year career in Dallas.
The Mavericks GOAT changed the game and helped usher in the era of the stretch big man. Now, every team employs big men that can shoot threes and space the floor. Nowitzki proved that player was valuable on his way to becoming an all-time great.
The Dallas Mavericks are working on a date for Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey retirement and statue unveiling. Fans are hoping the cannot miss celebration takes place during the 2021-2022 season. It will be a night filled with emotion, and supporters will be happy to hear that Dirk is enjoying his retirement. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on Nowitzki and the Mavs this season.