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Dirk Nowitzki | Center/Forward | #41

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (40) / 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 (ankle) said he isn't sure if the 2018-19 season will be his last.
"I think I guess at this age you kind of take it one year at a time," Nowitzki said. "It sounds cliché, but that’s how it is — see how I come through [next year]. I came through pretty good this year. I could have probably almost played 82 [games] if I wanted to." Nowitzki underwent a surgical debridement of his left ankle on Apr. 5, and while there's no official timetable, he's out of his walking boot and should be good to go for camp. May 14 - 9:41 AM

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Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is not wearing a walking boot anymore and does not have a noticeable limp.

"I’m just trying to get the motion back [in the left ankle], trying to get some movement in there, get some of the swelling out. I’ve been progressing right on schedule," Nowitzki said. He underwent surgical debridement of his left ankle on Apr. 5 and is fully expected to be ready for another season. Dirk did add his rehab "could take really all summer" and that he's not pushing it right now.
May 10 - 8:24 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) is progressing on schedule and has begun walking without a protective boot.

He's still expected to wear the boot for a few more weeks when he leaves his house, but it's encouraging that he's on pace in his recovery. "The foot is not great," Dirk said. "That's obvious after 20 years in the league. I got arthritis in every joint I have in the body ... But they corrected that one area that was bothering me all season and hopefully it'll be a lot better next season." The future Hall-of-Famer has never wavered in his commitment to play in 2018-19.
Apr 23 - 2:01 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said that he is planning on returning for the 2018-19 season.

Dirk was surprisingly durable for the majority of the 2017-18 campaign, starting 77 of the Mavs first 78 games, before suffering an ankle injury, which required surgery. Interestingly, Dirk did not rule out playing beyond next season. "Hopefully I can play some decent basketball next season. If not, it’s time to go," he said.
Apr 10 - 6:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki underwent surgery on his left ankle on Thursday morning.

He's obviously out for the remainder of the season, but the procedure was "relatively minor" and it shouldn't keep him out too long. Accoring to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, this won't affect his decision on whether to return for a 21st season -- he's said many times that he's more than likely going to play one more season. With the Mavs so banged up in their frontcourt, we should see a lot of Jonathan Motley going forward.
Apr 5 - 10:48 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is not traveling with the team on their three-game road trip, so he will not play Wednesday vs. the Magic.

Nowitzki is dealing with pain in his left ankle, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the 39-year-old skip the entire trip. Harrison Barnes (rest), Dwight Powell (knee) and Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) will also sit out Wednesday's game, so guys like J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell figure to be very busy on offense tonight. Nowitzki can be cut in most leagues.

Dirk Nowitzki played through his ankle injury on Tuesday and hit 5-of-14 shots and 3-of-10 3-pointers for 14 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

The Mavericks pulled off an improbable win and they have another game on Wednesday night. Dennis Smith Jr.'s already been ruled out of that one, while Dirk, Salah Mejri, Dwight Powell and J.J. Barea could all be iffy for that one after missing time or being questionable lately.
Apr 4 - 12:24 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

Despite recently dealing with a left ankle impingement and left knee tendinitis, Nowitzki has started 76 of the Mavericks 77 games this season. It seems he determined to play in 80-plus games. We should have an update on his status Tuesday afternoon.
Apr 3 - 10:13 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) finished Sunday's road loss in Cleveland with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

Dirk has been dealing with a left ankle impingement, as well as left knee tendinitis, but he continues to find his way onto the court -- he played in another back-to-back set this week and has missed one game all season. He's on a mission at age 39 and continues to post top-100 roto value in just 22-24 minutes per game.
Apr 1 - 9:26 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) will play Sunday against the Cavs.

Nowitzki has been playing through some pain in his left ankle for about a week now, and his knee is also an issue, but he'll fight through the pain and get on the floor tonight. However, he's only going to play minutes in the mid-20s, and if the game turns into a blowout, he won't play much at all. He's not a very attractive target in most leagues.
Apr 1 - 4:55 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle impingement) is listed as questionable on the injury report for Sunday's game vs. the Cavs.

Dirk was dealing with left knee tendinitis earlier this week, but still played both nights of a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then again on Friday. However, he now has an ankle injury he'll have to fight through. We should have an update on his status Sunday morning after shootaround. Dwight Powell (knee) is also listed as questionable on Sunday, so the Mavs may be thin upfront vs. the Cavs.
Mar 31 - 2:46 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (left knee tendinitis) is starting against the Wolves on Friday.

Nowitzki was listed as probable, so his status wasn't in any real doubt. Dennis Smith Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell will join Dirk in the starting five.
Mar 30 - 7:49 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (left knee tendinitis) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Wolves.

Despite being on the injury report for left knee tendinitis, Nowitzki surprisingly played in both games of Dallas' back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday. There's no word of any setbacks, so expect him to be available once again on Friday. He deserves a lot of credit for not sitting out games unlike half the NBA.
Mar 29 - 1:03 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (left knee tendinitis) scored 13 points on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with seven rebounds, one block and one assist.

Dirk recently reiterated that he intends to play another season for the Mavs in 2018-19. "As of now, I’m planning to come back," Nowitzki said. "I feel great. I’ve only missed one game all season. I signed a two-year contract because I wanted to play two more years." He played in both games during the Mavs' back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it looks like he'll be spared any precautionary DNPs -- the 39-year-old has been a true value-pick for owners who gambled on draft day.
Mar 29 - 1:20 AM

Dirk Nowitzki will play on Wednesday against the Lakers.

The ageless wonder once again doesn't sit in a back-to-back set, which is unconventional to how a lot bad teams are playing. Nowitzki has been a value in fantasy all season and there's no indication he'll get rest going forward.
Mar 28 - 9:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Dennis Smith Jr.
2J.J. Barea
3Jalen Brunson
4Kyle Collinsworth
5Aaron Harrison
SG1Luka Doncic
2Yogi Ferrell
3Doug McDermott
4Seth Curry
SF1Wesley Matthews
2Dorian Finney-Smith
3Ray Spalding
4Jalen Jones
PF1Harrison Barnes
2Dwight Powell
3Maxi Kleber
4Josh McRoberts
5Jameel Warney
6Kostas Antetokounmpo
C1Dirk Nowitzki
2Salah Mejri
3Nerlens Noel
4Johnathan Motley