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Dirk Nowitzki | Center/Forward | #41

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (9) / MLW
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Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to have a minutes limit in a back-to-back game against the Jazz on Friday.
He said he rolled his ankle late on Thursday, but said he's done it thousands of times and isn't worried about it. For now, expect Nowitzki to get minutes in the upper 20s tonight, but obviously he's a risky DFS play against the Jazz. This is also a positive for his season-long value. Jan 20 - 7:05 PM

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Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

Nowitzki led the Mavs in scoring and made some clutch shots in the fourth quarter, but his effort was not enough to get a victory. It was reported after the game that he turned his ankle during the game, but was able to play through it. The Mavs play tomorrow night, so it is something worth monitoring. He is having a good month, averaging 28.4 minutes, 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 2.1 3-pointers per game in January.
Jan 19 - 10:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

The blocks were a season-high, and this was his second multi-block performance of the season. Not typically known as a rim defender, Nowitzki joked after the game that "those kids better learn," in reference to swatting away one of Zach LaVine's layup attempts. Nowitzki has worked his way into the mid-round equation over the past few weeks, but as a likely post-break shutdown candidate, his owners should be looking to sell high.
Jan 15 - 5:30 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 7-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, six rebounds and a block in 30 minutes of Thursday's 113-108 win over the Suns.

After scoring 13 or fewer points in six straight games, Dirk has looked like his old self in the last two, averaging 22 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 4.0 3-pointers on 15-of-31 shooting. The Mavs don't have a back-to-back set until Jan. 25-26, so it's possible that Dirk could play in the next five games, at least. If he's somehow not owned in your league, it's time to move on him.
Jan 13 - 12:32 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 26 points in Monday's 101-92 loss to the Wolves.

He also played 31 minutes, his largest workload of the season since he played 38 minutes on opening night. Nowitzki finished 8-of-16 from the field with five rebounds, four assists and five triples, hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dirk will feel every one of those minutes in the morning, but luckily he has a couple days off before Thursday's game vs. the Suns. He will be rested a lot down the stretch, but he's still Dirk Nowitzki and should be owned in all formats.
Jan 9 - 11:14 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

After playing 28 minutes on Thursday, his 30 minutes tonight were the most he's played since the opener. Carlisle has said he will push him over 30 minutes so nights and he had a chance to do so here, but he didn't play in the final four minutes. He's a hold for now, but his value is on shaky ground because the Mavs will manage his minutes.
Jan 7 - 11:57 PM

Dirk Nowitzki stated he would be willing to come off the bench, if that was the coaching staff believed would be best for the team.

As ESPN points out: The starting five with Dirk at center has the worst plus-minus of any Dallas lineup this season, getting outscored by 49 points in 48 minutes. The Mavs' lineup with the best plus-minus features Bogut with the other four starters. Dirk played 28 minutes on Thursday, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the Dallas loss. Limiting his minutes may be best for Dirk and the team in both the short and long term.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 10:02 AM

Dirk Nowitzki played 28 minutes against the Suns during a 102-95 loss on Thursday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

He did take a shot from Alex Len, but stayed in the game. His 28 minutes are the most he's played since returning from injury, which may also be a bit much for him. He'll likely be managed throughout the year because the Mavs really don't want him to get hurt again. He's worth a pickup now and you can just cut him when there's trouble down the line.
Jan 6 - 12:00 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) returned from a one-game absence on Friday vs. the Warriors and scored 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

He saw his largest workload since Nov. 25 with 23 minutes on the night, adding five rebounds, one assist and one block. He missed all three of his 3-point attempts, but hit all five of his freebies from the line. Nowitzki is going to be rested a ton and we wouldn't expect him to play over 28 minutes most nights even when he gets his legs under him, but he's still Dirk Nowitzki and he should be owned in standard leagues.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 01:37:00 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is starting at center against the Warriors on Friday.

This means that other than Andrew Bogut (rest), the Mavs will keep the same starting lineup as Thursday with Deron Williams, Wes Matthews, Dorian Finney-Smith and Harrison Barnes. Nowitzki isn't expected to see a full workload tonight.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 10:23:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is going through pre-game warmups for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

All signs are pointing to Dirk being active and we should have official confirmation in just a bit. For now, it's not clear if Dirk will start at the five or four.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:07:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) may play Friday against Golden State, depending on how he feels during the day.

Dirk did not play on Thursday, after coming down with an illness. We will have to wait until closer to tip to see if Dirk feels well enough to suit up. Dorian Finney-Smith started in place of Dirk on Thursday and scored 12 points and hit three 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Dwight Powell scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 09:15:00 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is listed as inactive for Thursday night's game against the Lakers.

Nowitzki was considered 50/50 for tonight's game after missing shootaround. His absence will create more opportunity for Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:41:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is considered 50/50 for Thursday’s matchup against the Lakers, per coach Rick Carlisle.

Nowitzki had a temperature earlier today and there is a chance he sits tonight. If he does not play, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith could see a boost in playing time.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 09:21:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) did not go through shootaround and is questionable to play against the Lakers on Thursday night.

The Mavs were off on Wednesday after Nowitzki played 15 minutes on Tuesday. We don't have much information on when Dirk started his cycle of being sick, so we likely won't know much for the next few hours. The Mavs have the late game in Los Angeles today, too. If Nowitzki can't go, Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith and Justin Anderson could play a little more. Salah Mejri (illness) is also questionable.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Deron Williams
2J.J. Barea
3Devin Harris
4Pierre Jackson
SG1Seth Curry
2Jonathan Gibson
SF1Wesley Matthews
2Dorian Finney-Smith
3Justin Anderson
4Nicolas Brussino
PF1Harrison Barnes
2Dwight Powell
C1Dirk Nowitzki
2Andrew Bogut
3Salah Mejri