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Dirk Nowitzki | Center/Forward | #41

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (9) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Dirk Nowitzki looked to have a lower back injury and went to the locker room.
The good news is that the Mavs said he was available to return, but this game was a blowout. Nowitzki was getting worked on near the bench and he was displeased before he went to the locker room. While it's not a bad injury, one would think he's not going to play on Saturday against the Jazz. That'll open up run for Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and Salah Mejri. Feb 24 - 12:53 AM

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Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) returned from a one-game absence on Tuesday vs. the Kings, scoring 12 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple.

He played 32 minutes, but there was never any indication that he was going to be limited. It's safe to assume that Nowitzki was rested on Sunday vs. Houston on the second night of a back-to-back set, so his fantasy owners should be mindful of those going forward. Looking ahead, the Mavs do have a back-to-back set on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, but maybe Dirk plays in both games since the Mavs now have nine days off for the All-Star break.
Feb 13 - 11:44 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said that Dirk Nowitzki (ankle), J.J. Barea (rest) and Wes Matthews (lower back tightness) will all be available to play Tuesday vs. the Kings.

Dirk sat out Sunday vs. Houston. It was the first and only game he's missed this season. Prior to Sunday's contest, Dirk was averaging 15.8 points, 7.6 boards and 2.6 triples over his previous five games. He can still produce, but the Mavs will likely limit his minutes as they shift into tank mode over the final two months of the season.
Feb 13 - 6:57 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Kings.

This pretty much confirms that Nowitzki was rested on the second night of a back-to-back on Sunday. He's only missed one game this season, but it will be interesting to see how the Mavs handle his minutes down the stretch with nothing to play for expect lottery balls. That's another reason why Dwight Powell is trending up.
Feb 12 - 4:10 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle), Wesley Matthews (back) and J.J. Barea (rest) will not play on Sunday vs. Houston.

This will be his first missed game of the season. The Mavericks are calling his injury "left ankle effusion" which is another word for swelling, but he looked fine on Saturday when he scored 22 points with four rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes. This is the second night of a back-to-back, so maybe Dallas is just resting him. Expect to see more of Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and Salah Mejri tonight with Powell offering the most upside.
Feb 11 - 9:24 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points with four rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes during a 130-123 win over the Lakers on Saturday.

The Mavs offense has looked a lot better recently and Dirk has hit his stride over his last five outings. In those games, Nowitzki averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks, 2.6 treys and 0.2 misspelled jerseys per game. He's actually been a fifth-round value over his last 20, so he's one of the sneakiest fantasy assets out there.
Feb 11 - 12:21 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

According to Basketball Reference, he joins Robert Parish and Michael Jordan as the only players at least 39 years old to put up at least five steals and two blocks. The steals jump out and you can blame that on the Warriors being careless with the ball again. Everyone knows the Mavs will be loyal to Dirk on whatever he wants, and it sounds like he wants to play. He's not the most coveted fantasy property, but he'll be helping a lot of teams in the final two months until further notice.
Feb 9 - 12:59 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points with seven rebounds over 26 minutes in Saturday's win at Sacramento

Nowitzki entered the game 32 minutes short of 50,000 minutes for his career, so he needs just six minutes on the road Monday against the Clippers to become the sixth player in NBA history to hit the milestone. "And you wonder why I move like I've had hip-replacement surgery," he joked to teammate Dwight Powell. "It's just another staggering accomplishment," head coach Rick Carlisle added.
Feb 4 - 12:56 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is feeling better and will play Friday vs. Portland.

Dirk played only 15 minutes Wednesday vs. Houston due to a stomach bug. Surprisingly, Dirk has yet to miss a game this season, appearing in all 48 games the Mavs have played.
Jan 26 - 12:11 PM

Dirk Nowitzki was battling an illness on Wednesday, finishing with seven points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Rockets.

Coach Rick Carlisle said he was sick a couple days ago, so apparently there's a bug going around with the Mavs. Nowitzki's minutes were down in this game, so this news explains that. He should be OK for Friday against the Blazers.
Jan 24 - 10:37 PM

Dirk Nowitzki finished with a season-high 21 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal over 29 minutes in Saturday's 117-108 loss at Portland.

Nowitzki was a very efficient 8-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, and he added 2-of-2 from the free-throw line while posting zero turnovers. Disco Dirk hit 20 points for just the second time this season, each coming over the past five outings. He has had a couple of solid scoring outings in January, but his production has still been rather erratic.
Jan 21 - 12:51 AM

Dirk Nowitzki played just 23 minutes and hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, four rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's 105-102 loss to the Nuggets.

Nikola Jokic destroyed the center-less Macs tonight and Dallas made their big comeback in the fourth quarter with Dirk on the bench. Dirk has been a pleasant surprise this season, but has scored six or fewer points in three of his last five games. While it's possible he's running out of gas, the fact that he's playing a lot of center for Dallas may also be taking its toll. He'll try to bounce back against Jusuf Nurkic and the Blazers on Saturday, which should be interesting after Nurkic was benched for a big part of Tuesdays' Blazers' game.
Jan 16 - 11:39 PM

Dirk Nowitzki finished Wednesday's game with 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 23 minutes.

As a result, Dallas finished their back-to-back set on Wednesday with an impressive win in Charlotte. Dirk still hasn't missed a game this season and he's been a steal for owners who drafted him despite concerns about his age (39) and the Mavs' likely shift toward player development.
Jan 10 - 10:14 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 6-of-13 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-7 free throws for 20 points, three rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's 114-99 win over the Magic.

Dirk was tied with Dennis Smith Jr. as the team's leading scorer and still hasn't missed a game this season. Dirk was just 1-of-7 for five points on Sunday, so it was nice to see him bounce back in this one. He's been a pleasant surprise this fantasy season, returning seventh-round value in nine-cat leagues.
Jan 9 - 10:53 PM

The Mavericks continued their homestand with a tough 100-96 loss vs. the Knicks on Sunday, as Dirk Nowitzki shot 1-of-7 to score five points with five rebounds and one assist.

Dirk couldn't find the range tonight and he went 0-of-3 from downtown in his 23 minutes. We'll give him a pass, though, as he came in averaging a solid 14.7 points on 55.9% shooting in his previous three games, with 1.3 triples, 5.0 boards, 1.3 assists and 0.7 steals. Most importantly, he has zero DNPs this season and seems determined to play 82 games at age 39.
Jan 7 - 10:50 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Dennis Smith Jr.
2J.J. Barea
3Kyle Collinsworth
SG1Yogi Ferrell
2Doug McDermott
3Seth Curry
SF1Wesley Matthews
2Dorian Finney-Smith
3Jalen Jones
PF1Harrison Barnes
2Dwight Powell
3Maxi Kleber
4Josh McRoberts
C1Dirk Nowitzki
2Salah Mejri
3Nerlens Noel
4Johnathan Motley