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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
Contract: view contract details

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On Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki officially announced he would return for the 2017-18 season, and also said he may play even longer than that.
Nowitzki turns 39 in June, but apparently still feels he has plenty left in the tank. "I have to see how the body responds next year," Nowitzki said. "If I feel like this, like I did at the end [of this season], I think I can play another [season] after that, but I’ll just leave all that open." Dirk averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes this past season and is just 1,160 points from passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Apr 14 - 9:36 AM

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Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will return for his 20th NBA season.

Not only will he honor the final year of his contract, but he also left open the possibility of playing a couple more seasons. Nowitzki will be 39 years old this summer and played 26.4 minutes per game this season, his lightest workload since his rookie season. He's still a legend in every sense of the word, but he will be a risky fantasy target in 2017-18.
Apr 13 - 1:49 PM

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 21 points in Tuesday's home finale for Dallas, will not travel to Memphis for the last game of the season on Wednesday.

No surprise there. With Dirk's season over, look for Harrison Barnes to possibly return from a rest, while Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri might also get some solid minutes tomorrow. Having said that, with nothing left to play for a roadie, the Mavericks will be very tough to trust in fantasy on Wednesday.
Apr 11 - 11:05 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 9-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 27 minutes of a 109-91 loss to the Nuggets.

The Mavs don't have anything to play for and visit the Grizzlies on Wednesday to finish out their season. Maybe Rick Carlisle will roll out his old guys for the finale, but there's also a good chance he'll sit them. Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes both rested on Tuesday so they might be out there, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Dirk watching from the bench tomorrow night.
Apr 11 - 10:49 PM

Seth Curry (shoulder) is out, but all other Maverick players are available for Dallas' home finale against the Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Dirk and the other starters will likely see fewer minutes in the second half, as coach Rick Carlisle has stated he wants to get the younger guys extra reps over the last couple games. Carlisle has not yet announced whether he plans to rest Dirk or any other players on Wednesday.
Apr 11 - 10:53 AM

Dirk Nowitzki sat out the second half of Sunday's game to get rest, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

Dirk will also play on Tuesday, according to coach Rick Carlisle, who added, "We'll go from there." That opens the door for Nowitzki to sit out Wednesday's season finale, which is a road game at Memphis on Wednesday. Dwight Powell, Jarrod Uthoff and A.J. Hammons stand to gain the most if Dirk is limited or picks up a DNP-CD.
Apr 9 - 8:20 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes vs. the Spurs on Friday, adding three boards, one assist and three blocks.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said last week that his team wouldn't tank, but actions speak louder than words. Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea didn't play in the second half, so it's clear that the Mavs are going to give some of their younger guys a long look in the final three games of the season.

Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles) started Wednesday's game but shot just 4-of-11 from the field for nine points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

Dirk exited in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with some pain in his Achilles, and he sat out Tuesday's game. He said that he made it through tonight's game without any setbacks, and season-long owners are getting more than they bargained for from an aging veteran on a lottery-bound team.
Apr 6 - 1:29 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) will play vs. the Clippers on Wednesday.

Dwight Powell should move back to the bench, after playing 34 minutes on Tuesday, and Dirk's return makes it hard to trust him as a fantasy option.
Apr 5 - 9:14 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) will be a game-time call on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

The Mavericks won't host a shootaround since this will be the second night of a back-to-back set, so we may not get another update on Wednesday morning. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said there's a "chance" that the Mavs could be at full strength vs. the Clippers, so that's all we have to work with. Even if he plays, expect Dirk's workload to be monitored.
Apr 5 - 1:38 AM

Updating a previous report, Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), Seth Curry (shoulder) and Wesley Matthews (rest) have all been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Sacramento.

Head coach Rick Carlisle said that Nowitzki might be able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, but if there's any doubt about the health of his Achilles, you can bet that he'll be watching from the sidelines. Nerlens Noel figures to log heavy minutes tonight sans Dirk, and there should also be more minutes available for Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri in the second unit. Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell will need to step it up with Matthews and Curry out.

Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Kings.

Nowitzki's Achilles injury flared up on him on Sunday, and with the Mavs officially out of the playoff hunt, there's really no reason for Dirk to try and fight through it; particularly with this being the first game of a back-to-back set. We're going to consider him much closer to doubtful for tonight's game until we hear otherwise, and if he is forced to the sidelines, that'll be good news for Nerlens Noel owners. Check back for another update closer to tip-off.
Apr 4 - 2:18 PM

Dirk Nowitzki's (Achilles) status for Tuesday's game vs. the Kings is up in the air.

"It hasn't bothered me since I came back," Nowitzki said of his Achilles flaring up on him during Sunday's game. "Out of nowhere, at the end of the second quarter, it started to get a little tight on me and I played the third quarter and wanted to finish the game but they made the decision to sit this one out." The Mavs don't practice on Monday, but Nowitzki is expected to get treatment. We likely won't get another update until Tuesday morning, but with the Mavs out of the postseason hunt, expect them to be cautious -- he missed 22 games during the first two months of the season because of his Achilles.
Source: SportsDay
Apr 3 - 9:18 AM

Dirk Nowitzki left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter due to "mild pain" in his Achilles, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

Nowitzki stayed on the bench but Dallas is going to be super cautious now that they're out of playoff contention. The Mavs will reportedly rest some veterans during back-to-back sets, according to beat writer Earl K. Sneed, and Nowitzki is a prime suspect. It doesn't help that the next two games are consecutive on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Apr 2 - 7:48 PM

Rick Carlisle said that he'll be resting his veterans on back-to-back sets to close out the year.

The Mavs have two back-to-back sets coming up to close out the year, the first one being Tuesday (April 4 vs. the Kings) and Wednesday (April 5 vs. the Clippers) and the next back-to-back being Tuesday (April 11 vs. the Nuggets) and Wednesday (April 12 vs. the Grizzlies). Owners of Dirk Nowitzki and Wesley Matthews will need to pay close attention to the injury report during those back-to-back sets.
Apr 2 - 3:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Yogi Ferrell
2J.J. Barea
3DeAndre Liggins
SG1Seth Curry
2Devin Harris
SF1Wesley Matthews
2Dorian Finney-Smith
3Nicolas Brussino
PF1Harrison Barnes
2Dwight Powell
3Jarrod Uthoff
C1Dirk Nowitzki
2Nerlens Noel
3Salah Mejri
4A.J. Hammons