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Encyclopedia > Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
Position Power forward
Height ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Team Dallas Mavericks
Jersey #41
Born June 19, 1978 (1978-06-19) (age 29)
Würzburg, West Germany
Nationality German
Draft 9th overall, 1998
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1998–present
Awards Seven-time All-Star
Eight-time All-NBA
2002 World Championships MVP
2005 EuroBasket MVP
2006 All-Star Three-Point Shootout Champion
2007 NBA Most Valuable Player

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (pronounced [ɖɪʁk weʁneʁ no'v?tski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium Grammar School and DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was drafted ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft, and was immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played ever since. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Nowitzki plays the power forward position, but is also capable of playing other frontcourt positions like center or small forward. Image File history File links DirkN.jpg‎ Tsn - Copyright holder This image is a screenshot of a copyrighted television program or station ID. As such, the copyright for it is most likely owned by the company or corporation that produced it. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kg redirects here. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... For the German World War II radar system of the same name, see Würzburg radar. ... The 1998 NBA Draft took place on 24 June 1998 in General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The 2002 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from August 29 to September 8, 2002. ... The Basketball World Championship (official name: FIBA World Championship) is a world basketball tournament for mens national teams held quadrennially. ... Eurobasket 2005 Logo The 2005 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2005, was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. ... This article is about the basketball tournament. ... The Three-point Shootout is a National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend contest held on the Saturday before the All-Star Game. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... A stereotypical German The Germans (German: die Deutschen), or the German people, are a nation in the meaning an ethnos (in German: Volk), defined more by a sense of sharing a common German culture and having a German mother tongue, than by citizenship or by being subjects to any particular... This article is about the sport. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... NBA redirects here. ... Hand mit Ringen: print of Wilhelm Röntgens first medical x-ray, of his wifes hand, taken on 22 December 1895 and presented to Professor Ludwig Zehnder of the Physik Institut, University of Freiburg, on 1 January 1896[1][2] Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (March 27, 1845 – February... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1998 NBA Draft took place on 24 June 1998 in General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... Frontcourt is a term used in basketball referring to the small forward, power forward, and center positions as a cohesive unit. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. ...


Nowitzki is a seven-time NBA All-Star and eight-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and is the first European-born player in NBA history to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player award.[1] He is the first Maverick ever to be voted into an All-NBA Team and also holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records.[2] He led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the silver medal in EuroBasket 2005, and was leading scorer and elected Most Valuable Player in both tournaments. Regarded as one of the best European players in basketball history, Nowitzki was named "European Basketball Player of the Year" by Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport for five years in a row and voted FIBA European Basketball Player of the Year in 2005.[2] The National Basketball Association (NBA) holds an All-Star Weekend every February, with a variety of basketball-related events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... The Germany national basketball team represents Germany in international basketball matches. ... The 2002 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from August 29 to September 8, 2002. ... Eurobasket 2005 Logo The 2005 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2005, was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. ... La Gazzetta dello Sport is an Italian newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports. ...

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Early years

Born in Würzburg, West Germany, Dirk Werner Nowitzki comes from an athletic family: his mother Helga was a professional basketball player and his father Jörg-Werner was a handball player who represented Germany at the highest international level.[3] His older sister Silke, a local champion in track and field, also became a basketballer and now works for the NBA in International TV.[2][4] Nowitzki Jr. was a very tall child; most of the time he dwarfed his peers by a foot and more.[3] He initially played handball and tennis, but soon grew tired of being called a "freak" for his height and eventually turned to basketball.[5] After joining the local DJK Würzburg, the 15-year-old attracted the attention of former German international basketball player Holger Geschwindner, who spotted his talent immediately and offered to coach him individually two to three times per week. After getting both the approval of Nowitzki and his parents, Geschwindner put his pupil through an unorthodox training scheme: he emphasized shooting and passing exercises, and shunned weight training and tactical drills, because he felt it was "unnecessary friction".[6] Furthermore, Geschwindner encouraged Nowitzki to play a musical instrument and read literature to make him a more complete personality.[6] For the German World War II radar system of the same name, see Würzburg radar. ... Handball is the name of several different sports: Team handball, or Olympic/European Handball is a game somewhat similar to association football, but the ball is played with the hand, not the foot. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Template:Infobox NBA Player Mentor Coach Holger Geschwindner (born September 12th in 1945, in the West Germany is a basketball mentor, coach and friend for the National Basketball Associations (NBA) Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki. ...


After a year, the coach was so impressed that he said to his pupil: "You must now decide whether you want to play against the best in the world or just stay a local hero in Germany. If you choose latter, we will stop training immediately, because nobody can prevent that anymore. But if you want to play against the best, we have to train on a daily basis." After pondering for two days, Nowitzki decided on the former. Geschwindner let him train seven days a week with DJK Würzburg players and future German internationals Robert Garrett, Marvin Willoughby and Demond Greene, and in the summer of 1994, the 16-year-old Nowitzki made the DJK squad.[7]


DJK Würzburg (1994–98)

When Nowitzki joined the team, DJK played in the Second Bundesliga, South Division. His first trainer was Pit Stahl, who played the tall teenager as an outside-scoring forward rather than an inside-scoring center to utilise his shooting skills.[8] In the 1994–95 Second Bundesliga season, ambitious DJK finished as a disappointing sixth of 12 teams; the rookie Nowitzki was often benched and struggled with bad school grades, which forced him to study rather than work on his game.[9] In the next 1995–96 Second Bundesliga season, Nowitzki established himself as a starter next to Finnish star forward Martti Kuisma and soon became a regular double-digit scorer: after German national basketball coach Dirk Bauermann saw him score 24 points in a DJK game, he stated that "Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest German basketball talent of the last 10, maybe 15 years". DJK finished second in the South Division, but could not earn promotion after losing 86–62 in the deciding match versus BG Ludwigsburg: in that game, Nowitzki scored only eight points.[10] In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The following are the basketball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... The following are the basketball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... Language(s) Finnish, Swedish Languages related to Finnish include Estonian, Karelian, Vepsian, Võro and to a lesser extent, all Finno-Ugric Languages. ...


In the 1996–97 Second Bundesliga season, the team's top scorer Kuisma left the team, and Holger Geschwindner replaced Pit Stahl as head coach. Filling Kuisma's void, Nowitzki averaged 19.4 points per game and led DJK again to second place after the regular season, but could not help his team gain promotion.[11] In the following 1997–98 Second Bundesliga season, Nowitzki finished his "Abitur" (German A-levels), but had to do his compulsory military service in the Bundeswehr (German Military) which lasted from September 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998;[2] Nowitzki described this period as "a tough time at first, we had no privileges and had to participate in all the drills… later [after finishing the tough "Grundausbildung", the most intensive initial part of the service] it was much more relaxed".[12] Concerning basketball, the 19-year old, who had grown to 6 ft 11 in tall, forward flourished further, leading DJK to a 36:4 point total (in Germany, a victory gives 2:0 points and a loss 0:2) and ending as leading scorer with 28.2 points per game. In the promotion playoffs, DJK finally broke its bane, finishing at first place with 14:2 points and earning promotion; Nowitzki scored 26 points in the deciding 95–88 win against Freiburg and was voted "German Basketballer of the Year" by the German BASKET magazine.[13] The following are the basketball events of the year 1997 throughout the world. ... The following are the basketball events of the year 1998 throughout the world. ... Abitur (from Latin abire = go away, go off) is the word commonly used in Finland and Germany for the final exams young adults (aged 18, 19 or 20) take at the end of their secondary education, usually after 12 or 13 years of schooling. ... An A-level, short for Advanced Level, is a General Certificate of Education usually taken during Further Education and after GCSEs. ... The Bundeswehr (German for Federal Defence Force;  ) is the name of the unified armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany and their civil administration and procurement authorities. ... is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Abroad, Nowitzki's progress did not go unnoticed. In 1996, FC Barcelona Bàsquet wanted to sign him, but Nowitzki refused to move before finishing his German A-levels.[14] A year later, the teenager participated in the Nike "Hoop Heroes Tour", where he played against NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen. In a 30-minute show match, Nowitzki outplayed Barkley and even executed a slam dunk on him, causing the latter to say: "The boy is a genius. If he wants to enter the NBA, he can call me."[15] On March 29, 1998, Nowitzki was chosen to play in the Nike Hoop Summit, one of the premier talent watches in U.S. men's basketball. In a match between the U.S. talents and the international talents, Nowitzki scored 33 points on 6-of-12 shooting, 14 rebounds and 3 steals for the internationals[2] and outplayed future US NBA stars Rashard Lewis and Al Harrington. He impressed with an array of quickness, ball handling and his shooting range, and from that moment on, a multitude of European and NBA clubs wanted to recruit him.[16] FC Barcelona Bàsquet, known for sponsorship reasons as AXA FC Barcelona, is a Spanish basketball team. ... Nike, Inc. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... This article is about the term, slam dunk. For other uses, see Slam dunk (disambiguation). ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Nike Hoop Summit is a basketball game held once a year that is comprised of high school players from America, as well as from around the globe. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. ... Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979 in Pineville, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic. ... Albert Harrington (born February 17, 1980 in Orange, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player currently playing for the NBAs Atlanta Hawks. ...


Dallas Mavericks (1998–present)

Difficult start (1998–99)

After leading DJK Würzburg to promotion, with his A-levels and his military service completed, Nowitzki was now free to evaluate his future. In the official guides for the 1998 NBA Draft, Nowitzki was projected to be picked on position 7, so he decided to skip many college offers and make the leap directly into the NBA as a prep-to-pro player.[17] In particular Rick Pitino and Don Nelson, head coaches of the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks respectively, were highly interested in acquiring him. After a 45-minute private workout with Pitino, where he showcased his versatile shooting, rebounding and passing skills, the Boston coach immediately compared him to Celtics legend Larry Bird; Pitino assured Nowitzki that he would draft him with the Celtics' first-round draft pick on position 10.[18] However, his plan was foiled by Nelson, whose team had the sixth pick. Nelson worked out draft day deals with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns: the Mavericks wanted Nowitzki and Suns reserve point guard Steve Nash; the Bucks desired muscular forward Robert Traylor, who was projected to be drafted before Nowitzki; and the Suns had set their sights on forward Pat Garrity, who was projected as a low first round pick. In the draft, the Mavericks drafted Traylor with their sixth pick, and the Bucks selected Nowitzki with their ninth and Garrity with their nineteenth pick. The Mavericks then traded Traylor to the Bucks for Nowitzki and Garrity, and they in return traded the latter to Phoenix for Nash. In retrospect, Don Nelson had an outstanding trade instinct, basically trading future career underachievers Traylor and Garrity for two future winners of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, Nowitzki and Nash; in addition, both new recruits became best friends.[18] Nowitzki became only the fourth German player in NBA history, following pivots Uwe Blab and Christian Welp and All-Star swingman Detlef Schrempf, who was a 35-year old veteran player of the Portland Trail Blazers when his young compatriot came.[17] Nowitzki finished his DJK career as the only Würzburg player to have ever made the jump into the NBA.[19] The 1998 NBA Draft took place on 24 June 1998 in General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Prep-to-pro, or the Jump, is a term given to basketball players who enter the NBA directly following the graduation of high school. ... Pitino coaching the Louisville Cardinals Rick Pitino (born September 18, 1952) is the head basketball coach at the University of Louisville. ... Donald Arvid Nelson (born May 15, 1940 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an NBA head coach. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Robert DeShaun Tractor Traylor (born February 1, 1977 in Detroit, Michigan) is a basketball player. ... Patrick Joseph Garrity (born August 23, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Orlando Magic. ... The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... Uwe Konstantine Blab (born March 26, 1962 in Munich, West Germany) is a retired German professional basketball player who had a 5-year career in the NBA. Blab attended Effingham High School in Illinois, U.S., and played college basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, averaging 16 points per game... Christian Ansgar Welp (born January 2, 1964 in Delmenhorst, West Germany) is a German former professional basketball player. ... Swingman is a basketball term denoting a player who can play both the small forward and shooting guard positions; and, in essence, swing between the shooting guard and small forward positions. ... Detlef Schrempf Detlef Schrempf (born January 21, 1963 in Leverkusen, West Germany, now Germany) had a 16-year career as an NBA basketball player. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


In Dallas, Nowitzki joined a franchise which had last made the playoffs in 1990. Shooting guard Michael Finley captained the squad, and other notable players were 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley, once drafted at position 2, and top scorer was ex-Lakers forward Cedric Ceballos. Nowitzki experienced a rocky start: prior to the 1998–99 NBA season, NBA commissioner David Stern wanted to introduce a salary cap, causing the NBA players' union to declare a strike and putting the entire season in jeopardy. In this limbo, Nowitzki returned to DJK Würzburg and played 13 games, before both sides worked out a late compromise, and the season was played with only 50 instead of 82 regular season games.[20] When the season started, Nowitzki struggled further. Played as a small forward by coach Don Nelson, the lanky 20-year old felt overpowered by the more athletic NBA forwards, was intimidated by the expectations as a number-9 pick, and played bad defense, causing hecklers to taunt him as "Irk Nowitzki", omitting the "D" which stands for "defense" in basketball slang.[21] He only averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20.4 minutes of playing time.[22] Looking back, Nowitzki said: "I was so frustrated I even contemplated going back to Germany… [the jump from Second Bundesliga to the NBA] was like jumping out of an airplane hoping the parachute would somehow open." The Mavericks only won 19 of their 50 games and missed the playoffs,[23] although Nowitzki completed the season with eight double-digit scoring games in the last 12 matches.[2] The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973, in Melrose Park, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who is currently with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ... Shawn Bradley (born March 22, 1972) is a retired American 7 ft. ... Cedric Z. Ice Ceballos (born August 2, 1969 in Maui, Hawaii) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. As a small forward, he played most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, later finishing his career with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Miami... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. ... The 1999 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999 season. ...


Mark Cuban and the "Big Three" (1999–2004)

In the 1999–2000 NBA season, Don Nelson wanted to use Nowitzki as a point forward to make use of his passing skills.[24] One of the most important moves was made outside the hardwood: until then, the owner of the Mavericks was Ross Perot, Jr., who had bought the franchise for $125 million, but had no plans of investing in players and admitted he knew little of basketball.[25] On January 4, 2000, he sold the Mavericks to Internet billionaire Mark Cuban for $280 million. Cuban quickly invested into the Mavericks and restructured the franchise, attending every game at the sidelines, buying the team a $46 million six-star Boeing 757 for traveling, and increasing franchise revenues to over $100 million. Nowitzki lauded Cuban: "He created the perfect environment… we only have to go out and win."[26] As a result of Nelson's tutelage, Cuban's improvements and his own progress, Nowitzki significantly improved his averages. The sophomore now scored 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 35.8 minutes,[22] had nine double-double games, and scored a career-high 32 points twice.[2] He was voted runner-up in the NBA Most Improved Player Award behind Darrel Armstrong, and made it into the NBA All-Star Sophomore squad along with peers Paul Pierce and Vince Carter.[2] In the traditional Rookie-Sophomore match, he scored 17 points, six rebounds and four assists in an overtime loss against the rookie team led by Steve Francis and Lamar Odom.[27] The seven foot tall Nowitzki also was chosen for the NBA All-Star Three Point Shootout, becoming the tallest player ever to participate. After draining 15 three point shots in a row in the first shootout, he entered the final round, where he only was beaten by Jeff Hornacek.[27] While he improved on an individual level, the Mavericks missed the playoffs after a mediocre 40–42 season.[27] The 1999-2000 NBA season was the 54th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Point forward is an unofficial playing position in basketball for those who share the attributes of both a point guard and a forward. ... USD redirects here. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Mark Cuban (born July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American billionaire entrepreneur. ... The Boeing 757 is an American short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... Sophomore is used (especially in the USA) for describing a student in the second year of study (generally referring to high school or university study). ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... A double-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number in any two of these categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. ... The NBA Most Improved Player Award is the annual award presented at seasons end to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has made the most noticeable improvement from the previous season or seasons. ... This article is about a basketball player. ... Vincent Lamar Vince Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American All-Star basketball player in the NBA. He currently is a player and co-captain for the New Jersey Nets. ... Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ... Steve DShawn Francis (born February 21, 1977, in Silver Spring, Maryland,[2] U.S.) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Nicknamed The Franchise[1] and self-described as Steve-O, his on-court and off-court antics have generated considerable controversy throughout... Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979, in South Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays power forward (also plays both forward spots and is a point-forward) for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Lakers. ... The Three-point Shootout is a National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend contest held on the Saturday before the All-Star Game. ... Jeffrey John Hornacek (IPA: ); (born May 3, 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a retired American basketball player who played at the shooting guard position in the NBA from 1986–2000. ... The 2000 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1999-2000 season. ...


In the following 2000–01 NBA season, Nowitzki further improved his averages, recording 21.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.[22] Now playing the power forward position, he became the second player in NBA history after Robert Horry to score 100 three-pointers and 100 blocks in the regular season, registering respectively 151 and 101 of them.[2] As a sign of his growing importance, he joined team captain Finley as only one of two Mavericks to play and start in all 82 games and had 10 games in which he scored at least 30 points.[2] Nowitzki became the first Maverick ever to be voted into the All-NBA squads, making the Third Team.[2] In addition, his best friend Nash became a valuable point guard, and with Finley scoring more than ever, pundits were calling this trio the "Big Three" of the Mavericks. The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... A power forward is a position in some team sports. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. ... Oscar Torres (13) is in position to block this shot. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...


Posting a 53–29 record in the regular season,[28] the Mavericks reached the playoffs for the first time since 1990.[29] As the fifth seed, they were paired against the Utah Jazz of all-time assist leader John Stockton and second all-time leading scorer Karl Malone. After losing the first two games, Nowitzki scored back-to-back 33 points in Games 3 and 4 and help to tie the series.[30] In Game 5, the Mavericks trailed the entire game until Calvin Booth drained a jump shot which put them ahead 84–83 with 9.8 seconds to go. Jazz players Bryon Russell and Malone missed last-second shots and the Mavericks won, setting up a meeting with Texas rivals San Antonio Spurs of All-Star power forward Tim Duncan.[30] The Mavericks lost their first three games, and Nowitzki fell ill with flu and later lost a tooth after a collision with Spurs guard Terry Porter. After a Game 4 win, Nowitzki scored 42 points and 18 rebounds in Game 5, but could not prevent a deciding 87–105 loss.[31] While Sports Illustrated pointed out that the Mavericks shot badly during Game 5, Nowitzki was lauded for scoring his playoff career-high 42 points. The German said: "It's a disappointment to end the season on a blowout."[32] The 2001 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 2000-01 season. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... A jump shot being taken at the FIBA EuroCup Women Finals in 2005. ... Bryon Demetrise Russell (born December 31, 1970 in San Bernardino, California), is a former basketball player in the NBA. During a NBA career that spanned most of the 1990s and into 2005, he played for the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers and was a key member of... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former NBA player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


Prior to the 2001–02 NBA season, Nowitzki signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension, which made him the second highest paid German athlete after Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.[33] He continued to improve, now averaging 23.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, was voted into the All-NBA Second Team and into his first All-Star Game.[22] He also had 13 games with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds, third behind Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan.[2] Powered by new recruit Nick Van Exel, who became a high-scoring sixth man, the Mavericks "Big Three" convincingly made the playoffs with a 57–25 record.[34] The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ... F1 redirects here. ... Michael Schumacher (pronounced , (born January 3, 1969, in Hürth Hermülheim, Germany)[1] is a former Formula One driver, and seven-time world champion. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Nickey (Nick) Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27, 1971 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA. Van Exel, a 61 (1. ... The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best player coming off of the bench. ... The 2002 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 2001-02 season. ...


In the first round they swept Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the 2002 NBA Playoffs 3–0: Nowitzki outscored Garnett with 33.3 points per game versus 24.0.[35] In the second round, the Mavericks met the Sacramento Kings with rival power forward Chris Webber. After splitting the first two games, Kings coach Rick Adelman changed his defensive scheme: before, Webber had defended Nowitzki one-on-one, but now, the Kings coach ordered his smaller but quicker player Hedo Turkoglu to cover the German. Turkoglu should use his agility to play Nowitzki tightly, and if the taller Maverick tried to post up Turkoglu, Webber should double team Nowitzki.[36] In Game 3 in Dallas, the Mavericks lost 119–125; Nowitzki scored only 19 points and said: "I simply could not pass Turkoglu, and if I did, I ran into a double team and committed too many turnovers."[36] In Game 4, more frustration awaited the German: the Mavericks gave away a 14-point lead, although the entire Kings starting frontcourt of center Vlade Divac and power forward Chris Webber (both fouled out) and small forward Peja Stojakovic (injury) was eliminated in the closing stages of the game. Nowitzki missed two potentially game deciding jump shots, and the Mavericks lost 113–115 at home. In Game 5, the demoralised Texans were no match for the spirited Kings, lost 101–114 and were eliminated again.[37] Among others, nba.com remarked that the Kings defended better than the Mavericks:[38] in those five games, the statisticians counted 115 Sacramento layups against the Mavericks, meaning the Kings averaged 23 uncontested baskets (i.e. 46 easy points) per game.[39] However, Nowitzki received a consolation award: the Gazzetta dello Sport voted him as "European Basketballer of the Year", his 104 votes lifting him over second-placed Dejan Bodiroga (54) and Stojakovic (50).[40] Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2002 NBA Playoffs were the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 2001-02 season. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ... Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16, 1946 in Lynwood, California, United States) is the incoming head coach of the Houston Rockets. ... Hidayet TürkoÄŸlu, widely known as Hedo TürkoÄŸlu (born March 19, 1979 in Ä°stanbul), is a professional basketball player, and the first Turkish-born player in NBA history. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced ) (born February 3, 1968, in Prijepolje, Serbia) is a retired Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the United States NBA. At 71 he played at center and was known for his deft passing skills. ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ... Stojakovic playing for the Kings Predrag Peđa Stojaković (born June 9, 1977) is a basketball star for the NBAs Sacramento Kings. ... Allen Iverson performing a high percentage layup. ... La Gazzetta dello Sport is an Italian newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports. ... Dejan Bodiroga (Serbian: , born March 2, 1973 in Zrenjanin, Serbia) is a retired Serbian basketball player. ...


Before the 2002–03 NBA season, Don Nelson and Mark Cuban put more emphasis on defense in the training drills, specialising in a zone defense anchored by prolific shotblockers Raef LaFrentz and Shawn Bradley. The Mavericks won their first 11 games, and Finley, Nash and Nowitzki were voted "Western Conference Players of the Month" in November 2002.[41] In that season, Nowitzki lifted his averages again, now scoring 25.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.[22] In addition, the German had 41 double-double games, the seventh highest figure that season.[2] As a reward, he was voted into the All-Star game and the All-NBA Second Team again,[22] and was also runner-up in the "German Athlete of the Year" election, only losing to ski jumper Sven Hannawald.[42] He led the Mavericks to a franchise-high 60–22 record, which earned them the third seed: as a result, the Mavericks had to play sixth seed Portland Trail Blazers in the 2003 NBA Playoffs.[43] Now playing in a best-of-seven series instead of the former best-of-five, Dallas quickly won the first three games, but then the Mavericks completely lost their rhythm and lost the next three matches. In Game 7, Portland held the game close, but 90 seconds before the end, Nowitzki hit a clutch three point shot, and the game ended 107–95 for the Mavericks. "This was the most important basket of my career", he later said, "I was not prepared to go on vacation that early."[44] He later added in an ESPN interview: "We had to be more physical in the paint and rebound the ball. We worked hard all season to get the home-court advantage and we used that advantage today."[45] The 2002-03 NBA season was the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Raef Andrew LaFrentz (born May 29, 1976, in Hampton, Iowa) is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Portland Trail Blazers. ... Shawn Bradley (born March 22, 1972) is a retired American 7 ft. ... Sven Hannawald (born 9 November 1974 in Erlabrunn, Saxony) is a former German ski jumper. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... The 2003 NBA playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2002-03 NBA season. ...


In the next round, the Mavericks met the Kings again. After losing the first game at home with 113–124, Nowitzki (25 points) and veteran sixth man Van Exel (36) led Dallas to a spectacular 132–110 Game 2 win in which the Mavericks scored 83 points in the first half.[44] Helped by the fact that Kings star forward Chris Webber injured his meniscus, Nowitzki and Van Exel led the Mavericks to a 141–137 overtime win in Game 3, before dropping Game 4 with 83–99, where Nowitzki only scored 11 points and was ejected after angrily kicking over a load of towels.[44] After splitting the next two games, Nowitzki delivered a clutch performance in Game 7, scoring 30 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and playing strong defense, and led the Mavericks to a series-deciding 112–99 win.[44] ESPN lauded Nowitzki as "Big D", and after again winning a Game 7, the German added: "We've really learned how to close games out."[46] The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best player coming off of the bench. ... A: Read the bottom of a concave meniscus. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


In the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks met the San Antonio Spurs of Tim Duncan again. In Game 1 in San Antonio, Nowitzki scored 38 points on Duncan and led his team to a 113–110 win. In Game 2, Duncan quickly put Nowitzki in foul trouble, and the Spurs equalised the series with a 132–110 win. In Game 3, fate struck as Nowitzki went up for a rebound, landed on the foot of Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, rolled his ankle and suffered a season-ending foot injury: without their top scorer, the Mavericks still fought valiantly and trailed 2–3, before Spurs guard Steve Kerr nailed a buzzer beater in Game 6 to end the series.[47] Don Nelson later commented: "We were playing so well for so long and the bottom just dropped out... We went cold at the wrong time."[48] Nowitzki only took little consolation in the fact that he again was voted "European Basketballer of the Year"[47] and was named "Best European Basketballer" in a general survey of the NBA general managers.[2] Emanuel David Ginobili (Spanish: Ginóbili) (born July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), better known as Manu Ginobili, is an Argentine basketball player of Italian descent. ... Stephen Douglas Steve Kerr (born September 27, 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Buzzer Beater ) is a manga series by Takehiko Inoue. ...


In the 2003–04 NBA season, Mark Cuban and Don Nelson decided to add more offensive wing players to their squad. As a result, the Mavericks acquired two All-Star forwards, namely Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Antawn Jamison (for role players Danny Fortson, Jiri Welsch and Chris Mills) and Antoine Walker (Boston Celtics) who came for center Raef LaFrentz. Basketball experts were wary about latter trade, because it sent away the Mavericks starting center; they argued it left a hole in the middle that the aging, injury-prone backup pivot Shawn Bradley could not fill anymore.[49] Unable to trade for a new center, Don Nelson decided to start the prolific rebounder Nowitzki at pivot, put Walker on Nowitzki's usual power forward spot and played Jamison as a high-scoring sixth man.[50] To cope with his more physical role, Nowitzki put on 20 lb of muscle mass over summer, sacrificed part of his agility, and put more emphasis on defense rather than scoring:[51] as a result, his averages fell for the first time in his career, dropping to 21.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game,[22] but he was still the Mavericks leader in scoring, rebounding, steals (1.2 spg) and blocks (1.35 bpg).[2] These figures earned him nominations for the All-Star game and the All-NBA Third Team.[22] Compiling a 58–24 record, the Mavericks met their familiar rivals Sacramento Kings again, but were eliminated in just five games.[52] The 2003-04 NBA season was the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Antawn Cortez Jamison [pronounced an-TWAHN] (born June 12, 1976, in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Daniel Anthony Fortson (born on March 27, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball player currently at power forward/center for the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA. Fortson began his pro career after being drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks after a three-year collegiate career at the... Jiri Welsch (born 27 January 1980 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia) is an NBA basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Christopher Lemonte Mills (born on January 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976, in Chicago, Illinois, United States) is a Chinese-American professional basketball player with the National Basketball Associations Minnesota Timberwolves, his fifth team since his NBA career started in 1996. ... Raef Andrew LaFrentz (born May 29, 1976, in Hampton, Iowa) is an American professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Portland Trail Blazers. ... The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best player coming off of the bench. ...


Franchise player (2004–present)

Nowitzki (no. 41) has been the face of the Mavericks franchise.
Nowitzki (no. 41) has been the face of the Mavericks franchise.

Before the 2004–05 NBA season, the Mavericks were re-tooled again. Defensive center Erick Dampier was acquired from the Golden State Warriors, but Nowitzki's close friend Steve Nash left Dallas and returned to the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. During the season, long-time head coach Don Nelson resigned, and his assistant Avery Johnson took on coaching duties. In the midst of these changes, Nowitzki stepped up his game and averaged 26.1 points a game, a career-high, 9.7 rebounds, and his 1.5 blocks and 3.1 assists were also career numbers.[22] In addition, Nowitzki scored at least 10 points in every game and was only one of four players who registered at least 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.[2] On December 2, 2004, Nowitzki scored 53 points in an overtime win against the Houston Rockets, a career best.[2] As a reward, Nowitzki was voted to the All-NBA First Team for the first time.[22] He also placed third in the league's MVP voting, behind Nash and Shaquille O'Neal. By being elected to the All-NBA First Team, Nowitzki became the first player who did not attend a United States high school or college to be on the All-NBA First Team. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 661 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1129 × 1024 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 661 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1129 × 1024 pixel, file size: 1. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Erick Travez[1] Dampier (born July 14, 1975, in New Hebron, Mississippi) is an American professional basketball player. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... For the fictional character in the Halo series, see Avery J. Johnson. ... is the 336th day of the year (337th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


However, the Mavericks had a subpar 2005 NBA Playoffs campaign. In the first round, Dallas met the Houston Rockets of scoring champion Tracy McGrady and 7-6 center Yao Ming, and Nowitzki was expected to average high figures against unheralded forward Ryan Bowen: nba.com described Bowen as "overmatched" versus the German.[53] Instead, Bowen limited Nowitzki to just 21 points in Game 1[53] and 26 points in Game 2, where the latter only hit 8 of 26 shots from the field.[54] The Rockets took a 2–0 lead before the Mavericks won three games in a row. After losing Game 6, Dallas won Game 7 convincingly and won the series even though Nowitzki struggled with his shooting.[55] In the Western Conference Semifinals, the Mavericks met the Phoenix Suns, the new club of Nash. They split the first four games, before the Suns won the last two games. In Game 6, which the Mavericks lost in overtime, Nowitzki was again not at his best: he scored 28 points, but also sank only 9 of his 25 field goal attempts;[56] in addition, he was visibly irritated, repeatedly shouting at his team mates and missing all his five shots in overtime.[57] The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚) Yao Ming (Chinese: ; Pinyin: ) (born September 12, 1980, in Shanghai, China) is a Chinese professional basketball player and is arguably the best center in the National Basketball Association (NBA) today. ... Ryan Bowen (born February 7, 1990 in Fort Belvoir) is a professional ice-cream scooper. ...


Prior to the 2005–06 NBA season, veteran Mavericks captain Michael Finley was waived over the summer, and now Nowitzki was the last player remaining from the Mavericks' "Big Three" of Nash, Finley, and himself. Nowitzki blossomed as the sole franchise player, averaging 26.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.[22] He improved his shooting percentage, setting personal season records in field goals (48.0%), three-point shots (40.6%) and free throws (90.1%).[22] During the 2006 All-Star Weekend in Houston, Nowitzki scored 18 points to defeat Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen and Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas in the Three-Point Shootout contest.[58] The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973, in Melrose Park, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who is currently with the NBAs San Antonio Spurs. ... Field goal percentage in basketball is the ratio of field goals made to field goals attempted. ... In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or, simply, three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ... Houston redirects here. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Not to be confused with Ray Alan or Allan Ray. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. ...


Nowitzki paced the Mavericks to a 60-win season. The team finished with the third-best record in the league, behind the defending champion San Antonio Spurs and defending Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons.[59] As in the 2004–05 season, he finished third in the league's MVP voting, this time behind Nash and LeBron James. He was again elected to the first team All-NBA squad.[22] Nowitzki confirmed his superstar status during the playoffs as he averaged 27.0 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.[22] The Mavericks swept the Memphis Grizzlies with 4–0, with Nowitzki's most spectacular play being a clutch three-point shot in the closing seconds of Game 3 which tied the game and forced overtime. In the Western Conference Semifinals, the Mavericks played against the San Antonio Spurs again. After splitting the first six games, the Mavericks took a 20-point lead in Game 7 before Spur Manu Ginóbili broke a tie at 101 by hitting a clutch three-point shot with 30 seconds left. On the next play, Nowitzki completed a three point play (with Ginobili ironically committing the foul which led to the bonus free throw) which tied the game at 104. In the end, the Mavericks won 119–111, and Nowitzki ended the game with 37 points and 15 rebounds.[60] Nowitzki commented: "I don't know how the ball went in. Manu hit my hand. It was a lucky bounce."[60] The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... LeBron Raymone James (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... Emanuel David Ginóbili, better known as Manu Ginóbili (born 28 July 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), is an Argentinian basketball player. ...


The Mavericks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they would again meet Nash and the Phoenix Suns. Nowitzki scored 50 points to lead the Mavericks to a victory in the crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2–2; the Mavericks would go on to win in six games and face the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals. A content Nowitzki commented: "We've been a good road team all season long, we believed in each other. We went through some ups and downs this season, but the playoffs is all about showing heart and playing together."[61] Of Nowitzki's performance, ESPN columnist Bill Simmons would remark, "Dirk is playing at a higher level than any forward since Bird."[62] The Mavericks took an early 2–0 lead, but then gave away a late 15-point lead in a Game 3 loss[63] and finally fell to a scoring onslaught by Heat Finals MVP Dwyane Wade: Wade scored at least 36 points in the next four games, which the Heat all won. Nowitzki only made 20 of his last 55 shots in the final 3 games as the Mavericks lost the Finals series 4–2 to the Heat. The German was criticised by ESPN as "clearly... not as his best this series" and remarked: "That was a tough loss (in Game 3) and that really changed the whole momentum of the series... After that, they got confidence. They played a lot better afterwards".[64] The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Bill Simmons Bill Simmons (b. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ...


The 2006–07 NBA season was to be the one Nowitzki would be named the league's Most Valuable Player. He recorded averages of 24.6 points on .502 shooting, 8.9 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 assists[22] and led the Mavericks to a franchise-high 67 wins, which meant Dallas earned the first seed of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.[65] Nowitzki was touted as the overwhelming favorite for the Most Valuable Player award, and was expected to lead the Mavericks to an easy win against the eighth seed Golden State Warriors. However, the Mavericks ended up losing to the Warriors in six games, marking the first time a #8 seed has beaten the #1 in a best of seven series in NBA history.[66] In the clinching Game 6, Nowitzki shot just 2–13 from the field for only eight points.[66] Defended by Stephen Jackson, Nowitzki averaged nearly five points less than his regular season average in that series and shot only 38.3% from the field as compared to 50.2% during the regular season.[22] He described this loss as a low point in his career: "This series, I couldn't put my stamp on it the way I wanted to. That's why I'm very disappointed."[67] In spite of this historic playoffs loss, Nowitzki was named the NBA's regular season Most Valuable Player and beat his friend and back-to-back NBA MVP Nash with more than 100 votes. He also became the first European-born player in NBA history to receive the honor.[68] The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... Stephen Jesse Jackson (born April 5, 1978 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA) is an American professional basketball player for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. ...


The 2007–08 campaign saw another first-round playoffs exit for Nowitzki and his Mavericks. Despite a mid-season blockbuster trade that sent veteran NBA All-Star Jason Kidd to Dallas, the Mavericks could only finish seventh in a highly competitive Western Conference.[69] In the playoffs, they faced rising starlet Chris Paul's New Orleans Hornets, and were eliminated in five games.[69] The only positive highlights that season for the German were that he notched his first career triple-double against the Milwaukee Bucks February 6, 2008, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and a career-high 12 assists; then, on March 8, 2008, with 34 points, he surpassed Rolando Blackman with his 16,644th point to become the all-time points leader for the Mavericks.[70] The 2007-08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... The 2008 NBA Playoffs is the postseason for the National Basketball Associations 2007-08 season. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. His nickname is CP3. ... The New Orleans Hornets are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Rolando Ro Antonio Blackman (born February 26, 1959 in Panama City, Panama) was an All-Star NBA basketball player who spent most of his career with the Dallas Mavericks. ...


International career

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Nowitzki has been playing for the Germany national basketball team since the 1999 FIBA European championships. In his debut tournament, the 21-year old rookie established himself as the main German scorer, but could not prevent that Germany only ended seventh and failed to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games.[71] In the 2001 FIBA European Championships, Nowitzki was top scorer with 28.7 points per game, and narrowly lost the MVP vote to Serbian player Peja Stojakovic. Germany reached the semi-finals and were close to beating host nation Turkey, but down by three, Hedo Turkoglu hit a three-point buzzer beater, and the Turks eventually won in overtime.[72] Germany then lost 90–99 against Spain, and did not win a medal. However, with averages of 28.7 points and 9.1 rebounds, Nowitzki led the tournament in both statistics, and was voted to the All-Star team.[73] Back home, the German basketball team attracted up to 3.7 million television viewers, a record in German basketball history.[72] Image File history File links Dirk_Nowitzki. ... This article is about the sport. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... This article is about the basketball tournament. ... Eurobasket 2005 Logo The 2005 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2005, was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. ... Dirk Nowitzki is the current star of the Germany national basketball team. ... The 1999 FIBA European Basketball Championship, commonly called EuroBasket 1999, was the 31th regional championship held by FIBA Europe. ... (Redirected from 2000 Olympic Games) Categories: 2000 Summer Olympics ... The 2001 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2001, was held in Turkey between August 31 and September 9, 2001. ... Stojakovic playing for the Kings Predrag Peđa Stojaković (born June 9, 1977) is a basketball star for the NBAs Sacramento Kings. ... Hidayet TürkoÄŸlu, widely known as Hedo TürkoÄŸlu (born March 19, 1979 in Ä°stanbul), is a professional basketball player, and the first Turkish-born player in NBA history. ... Buzzer Beater ) is a manga series by Takehiko Inoue. ...


Nowitzki finally earned his first medal when he led Germany to a bronze medal in the 2002 World Championships. In the quarter-finals against the Pau Gasol-led Spain, Spain led 52–46 after three quarters, but then Nowitzki scored 10 points in the last quarter and led Germany to a 70–62 win.[74] In the semi-finals, his team played against the Argentinian squad of 2000 Olympic Games MVP Manu Ginóbili, but despite leading 74–69 four minutes from the end and despite Argentina losing Ginobili to a foot injury, the South Americans won 86–80.[74] However, the Germans won 117–94 against New Zealand in the consolation finals and won bronze, and tournament top scorer Nowitzki (24.0 ppg) was elected MVP. In Germany, now over four million television viewers followed the games.[74] The 2002 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball tournament held by the International Basketball Federation in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA from August 29 to September 8, 2002. ... Pau Gasol Sáez(Pronounced POW Guh-SAHL)[1] (born July 6, 1980, in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) is a 2. ... Argentina national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Argentina in basketball international competitions, and depends on the Argentine Basketball Federation. ... Emanuel David Ginóbili, better known as Manu Ginóbili (born 28 July 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina), is an Argentinian basketball player. ...


The 2004 European Championships proved to be a major disappointment for Nowitzki and his German squad. In a preparation game, he suffered a foot injury after a collision with French player Florent Pietrus; as a result, Nowitzki played inconsistently and was also often target of hard fouls.[75] In the decisive second round match against Italy (only the winner was allowed to play the medal round), Germany lost 84–86, finished ninth and did not qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games. Nowitzki scored 22.5 points per game (third overall), but in general seemed to lack focus and dominance due to his injury.[75] Florent Pietrus (born January 19, 1981 in Les Abymes, Guadaloupe) is a French basketball player. ... (Redirected from 2004 Olympic Games) The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, commonly known as the 2004 Summer Olympics were the 28th Summer Olympic Games. ...


In the 2005 FIBA European Championships, Nowitzki came back strong. He surprisingly led a depleted German squad into the Finals, beating title favorites Slovenia in the quarter-finals and Spain in the semi-finals on the way. Eurobasket pundits praised Nowitzki in both matches: against Slovenia (76–62), the forward scored a game high 22 points and commented: "The Slovenians underestimated us. They said we were the team they wanted and that was wrong, you shouldn't do that in the quarter-finals"[76] Against Spain (74–73), Nowitzki scored a game-high 27 points and scored the decisive basket: down by one and with only a few seconds to go, he drove on Spanish forward Jorge Garbajosa, and hit a baseline jump shot over Garbajosa's outstretched arms with 3.9 seconds to go. The German later commented: "It was indescribable. Garbajosa kind of pushed me towards the baseline so I just went with it."[76] Despite losing the Finals 78–62 to the Greeks, Nowitzki was the tournament's leading scorer (26.7 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (10.8 rpg) and shot blocker (1.8 bpg), and was voted Most Valuable Player of the tournament.[77] In the 2006 FIBA World Championships, Nowitzki led the German team to an eighth place and commented: "It's tough luck. But overall, finishing eighth in the world is not bad."[78] Eurobasket 2005 Logo The 2005 European Basketball Championship, commonly called Eurobasket 2005, was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. ... Jorge Garbajosa Chaparro Jr. ... Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. ...


Player profile

See also: List of career achievements by Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki (far right) is an outstanding free throw shooter, connecting on over 85% of his attempts.
Nowitzki (far right) is an outstanding free throw shooter, connecting on over 85% of his attempts.

Nowitzki is a versatile, all-purpose frontcourt player who mostly plays the power forward position, but has also played center, small forward and point forward throughout his career. With career averages of over 20 points and nearly 9 rebounds, he is a constant double double threat.[22] Nowitzki is considered one of the best shooters in the game, hitting over 85% of his free throws, connecting on almost 50% of his field goal attempts and on almost 40% of his three-point shots, and is also winner of the 2006 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout competition.[22] His shooting accuracy, combined with his tall seven-foot frame, makes him a tough defensive assignment, because he can shoot over most players.[79] This is a list containing the career achievements of Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball player Dirk Nowitzki. ... Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Point forward is an unofficial playing position in basketball for those who share the attributes of both a point guard and a forward. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... A rebound in basketball is the act of successfully gaining possession of the basketball after a missed field goal or free throw. ... A double-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number in any two of these categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. ... It has been suggested that Three point play be merged into this article or section. ... The Three-point Shootout is a National Basketball Association All-Star Weekend contest held on the Saturday before the All-Star Game. ...


Nba.com lauds his versatility by stating: "The 7–0 forward who at times mans the pivot can strike fear in an opponent when he corrals a rebound and leads the break or prepares to launch a three-point bomb."[2] One of the forward's main problems remains defense, where he averages just over one block per game and never made an All-Defense Team.[22] However, in a 2005 ESPN article, Nowitzki was voted the tenth best power forward of all time and was lauded for his "revolutionary" outside shooting skills.[79]


Nowitzki's career has also been rewarded with an array of awards. He has made the All-Star team seven times and the All-NBA Teams eight times. He was voted NBA Most Valuable Player of the 2006–07 NBA season and became the first European-born player to achieve this milestone. Other achievements include winning the 2006 NBA All-Star Three Point Shootout, being voted "European Basketballer of the Year" five times in a row by Gazzetta dello Sport, and becoming leading scorer and elected Most Valuable Player in the 2002 FIBA World Championships and 2005 FIBA European Championships. Finally, he holds several Dallas Mavericks franchise records relating to scoring, free throw shooting and rebounding. The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... La Gazzetta dello Sport is an Italian newspaper dedicated to coverage of various sports. ...


NBA career statistics

(Correct as of end of 2007–08 season)[80]
Regular season Team GP MPG SPG BPG RPG APG PPG FG% 3P% FT%
1998–99 Dallas 47 20.4 0.6 0.6 3.4 1.0 8.2 0.405 0.206 0.773
1999–2000 Dallas 82 35.8 0.8 0.8 6.5 2.5 17.5 0.461 0.379 0.830
2000–01 Dallas 82 38.1 1.0 1.2 9.2 2.1 21.8 0.474 0.387 0.838
2001–02 Dallas 76 38.0 1.1 1.0 9.9 2.4 23.4 0.477 0.397 0.853
2002–03 Dallas 80 39.0 1.4 1.0 9.9 3.0 25.1 0.463 0.379 0.881
2003–04 Dallas 77 37.9 1.2 1.4 8.7 2.7 21.8 0.462 0.341 0.877
2004–05 Dallas 78 38.7 1.2 1.5 9.7 3.1 26.1 0.459 0.399 0.869
2005–06 Dallas 81 38.1 0.7 1.0 9.0 2.8 26.6 0.480 0.406 0.901
2006–07 Dallas 78 36.2 0.7 0.8 8.9 3.4 24.6 0.502 0.416 0.904
2007–08 Dallas 77 36.0 0.7 0.9 8.6 3.5 23.6 0.479 0.359 0.879
Career 758 36.5 0.9 1.0 8.6 2.7 22.4 0.471 0.379 0.870
All-Star 7 18.9 0.9 0.6 4.6 1.6 9.3 0.429 0.238 0.750

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Playoffs Team GP MPG SPG BPG RPG APG PPG FG% 3P% FT%
2000–01 Dallas 10 39.9 1.1 0.8 8.1 1.4 23.4 0.423 0.283 0.883
2001–02 Dallas 8 44.6 2.0 0.8 13.1 2.3 28.4 0.445 0.571 0.878
2002–03 Dallas 17 42.5 1.2 0.9 11.5 2.2 25.3 0.479 0.443 0.912
2003–04 Dallas 5 42.4 1.4 2.6 11.8 1.4 26.6 0.450 0.467 0.857
2004–05 Dallas 13 42.4 1.4 1.6 10.1 3.3 23.7 0.402 0.333 0.829
2005–06 Dallas 23 42.7 1.1 0.6 11.7 2.9 27.0 0.468 0.343 0.895
2006–07 Dallas 6 39.8 1.8 1.3 11.3 2.3 19.7 0.383 0.211 0.840
Career 45 25 4.6 11.1 74 500 0.445 0.376 0.878

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Personal life

Nowitzki's older sister, Sillke, described Nowitzki, four years her junior, as a confident, but low-key character who is unspoilt by money and fame.[81] He also enjoys reading and playing the saxophone.[2] Nowitzki passed his Abitur examination at Röntgen Gymnasium Grammar School of Würzburg. He has also founded the "Dirk Nowitzki Foundation", a charity which aims at fighting poverty in Africa.[82] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored musical instrument usually considered a member of the woodwind family. ... Abitur (from Latin abire = go away, go off) is the word commonly used in Finland and Germany for the final exams young adults (aged 18, 19 or 20) take at the end of their secondary education, usually after 12 or 13 years of schooling. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ...


Nowitzki dated Sybille Gerer, a female basketballer from his local club DJK Würzburg. The relationship started in 1992 and held for 10 years before it eventually ended; Nowitzki said, "At the end, we found out we developed in separate ways… It did not work anymore, but we are still good friends."[83] He added: "I surely want to start a family and have kids, but I cannot imagine it happening before I become 30."[83]


Nowitzki acknowledged close ties to his mentors Holger Geschwindner, whom he called his best friend. He is also good friends with his ex-teammate Steve Nash.[84] Nash said of playing with Nowitzki, "We were both joining a new club, living in a new city, we were both single and outsiders: this creates a bond… He made life easier for me and I for him… our friendship was something solid in a very volatile world." Nowitzki added, "He would have also become a good friend if we had met at the supermarket."[84] Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Books

Nowitzki's career has been the subject of the book Dirk Nowitzki - german wunderkind by German sports journalists Dino Reisner and Holger Sauer. It appeared in 2004 at the CoPress Munich publishing house under the ISBN 3-7679-0872-7. The 160-page hardcover book follows Nowitzki's beginnings in his native Würzburg and documents his entry and ascent in the NBA, and ends at the beginning of the 2004–05 NBA season. Dirk Nowitzki - german wunderkind is a biography of the German NBA basketball star Dirk Nowitzki, written by German sports journalists Dino Reisner and Holger Sauer. ... For the German World War II radar system of the same name, see Würzburg radar. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Notes

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  5. ^ Sauer, 14–17
  6. ^ a b Sauer, 20–22
  7. ^ Sauer, 22–24
  8. ^ Sauer, 25
  9. ^ Sauer, 26
  10. ^ Sauer, 30–31
  11. ^ Sauer, 33–38
  12. ^ Sauer, 38–39
  13. ^ Sauer, 38–45
  14. ^ Sauer, 37–38
  15. ^ Sauer, 39–40
  16. ^ Sauer, 42–43
  17. ^ a b Sauer, 47
  18. ^ a b Sauer, 49–51
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  21. ^ Sauer, 59–65
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  25. ^ Sauer, 71
  26. ^ Sauer, 74–75
  27. ^ a b c Sauer, 77
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  31. ^ Sauer, 92
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  33. ^ Sauer, 93–94
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  35. ^ Sauer, 103
  36. ^ a b Sauer, 104
  37. ^ Sauer, 105
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  39. ^ Sauer, 107
  40. ^ Sauer, 106
  41. ^ Sauer, 108–109
  42. ^ Sauer, 110
  43. ^ Sauer, 112
  44. ^ a b c d Sauer, 114
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  47. ^ a b Sauer, 117
  48. ^ Spurs outscore Mavs 34-9 in final quarter, sports.espn.go.com, 29 May 2003, accessed 7 January 2008
  49. ^ Sauer, 118
  50. ^ Sauer, 118–119
  51. ^ Sauer, 119
  52. ^ Bibby hits for 36, Nowitzki misses at buzzer, sports.espn.go.com, accessed 7 January 2008
  53. ^ a b Rockets Reel in Game 1 Win, nba.com, 23 April 2005, accessed 19 January 2008
  54. ^ Rockets 113 @ Mavericks 111, Game 2 Box Score, nba.com, 25 April 2005, accessed 19 January 2008
  55. ^ Mavericks Cruise Past Rockets in Game 7, nba.com, 7 May 2006, accessed 19 January 2008
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  61. ^ Comeback win vaults Mavs into NBA Finals, sports.espn.go.com, accessed 7 January 2008
  62. ^ Simmons, Bill, "Time to put Dirk in Pantheon", sports.espn.go.com, accessed 19 January 2008
  63. ^ Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat, NBA Finals Game 3, Play-by-Play, nba.com, accessed 7 January 2008
  64. ^ Wade Leads Heat to First NBA Championship, nba.com, accessed 7 January 2008
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  66. ^ a b Warriors Make History, Close Out Mavs, nba.com, accessed 7 January 2008
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  68. ^ "Dirk Nowitzki Wins 2006-07 MVP Award", nba.com, accessed 7 January 2008
  69. ^ a b Paul’s Triple-Double Helps Hornets Oust Mavericks, nba.com, 29 April 2008, accessed 9 May 2008
  70. ^ Aron, Jaime, "Nets Slapped with Fifth Straight Loss", nba.com, 8 March 2008, accessed 9 March 2008
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  72. ^ a b Sauer, 125–129
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  75. ^ a b Sauer, 140–145
  76. ^ a b EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2005, eurobasket.com, accessed 19 January 2008
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  82. ^ Sauer, 159
  83. ^ a b Sauer, 158
  84. ^ a b Sauer, 85–86

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NAME Nowitzki, Dirk
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Nowitzki, Dirk Werner
SHORT DESCRIPTION German basketball player
DATE OF BIRTH July 19, 1978
PLACE OF BIRTH Würzburg, (West) Germany
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Nowitzki possesses a good fadeaway jumper, which is often impossible to block, and he is outstanding at the free throw line (over 90% in 2006).
Dirk Nowitzki became Time.com’s Person of the Week not only for his lofty NBA stats, but for also fulfilling a promise of globalization through basketball.
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