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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
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Dirk Nowitzki finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and an assist across 24 minutes in Friday's loss against the Timberwolves.
The Mavericks held a 12-point lead at half, but the game turned into a 24-point loss by the end. As such, Disco Dirk was rested for long stretches in the second half once victory was out of reach. Still, he was pretty impactful when he was in there, and he has back-to-back double-digit scoring performances for the first time in the month of November. He'll look for three games in a row with 10 or more points in Saturday's outing against Milwaukee. Nov 18 - 1:01 AM

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Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

Dirk is a legend, but Father Time is undefeated. He's averaging just 8.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists over his last five games, and things won't get any easier for his fantasy owners when the Mavs start resting him frequently.
Nov 14 - 11:44 PM

Dirk Nowitzki was invisible for most of Sunday's game, which he finished with five points on 2-of-7 shooting, one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes.

This was the second of back-to-back games and fatigue may have played a factor. On a positive note, Dirk has yet to miss a game this season despite Dallas playing four back-to-back sets in their first 14 games. Precautionary DNPs should creep in as the season progresses, but the Mavs are doing a good job of preserving him with 24.2 minutes per game.
Nov 12 - 10:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki finished with 14 points, five rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Cavaliers.

It wasn't a monster night for Dirk, but he turned back the clock a little bit as he hit 6-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc. Dirk's solid play at the five, as well as Salah Mejri's nice outing, kept Nerlens Noel nailed to the bench for the entire evening. Nowitzki snapped a three-game skid with single-digit point totals, his worst scoring slump this century.
Nov 11 - 11:40 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored six points as the starting center against the Wizards on Tuesday, adding five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

Coach Rick Carlisle did start Dirk at the five, but once again that lineup didn't work well. The starting lineup with Dirk, Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell, Wes Matthews and Harrison Barnes was used for 10 minutes tonight with a -34.0 net rating, which now brings them to 40 minutes and a -40.0 net rating on the season. Nowitzki hasn't cracked 23 minutes in any of his last four games and the stats aren't really there either, so owners in shallower leagues may want to see what's out there. By the way, Dirk's three-game streak of failing to hit at least eight points in his longest this century.
Nov 7 - 10:50 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes as the starting power forward against the Wolves on Saturday.

It was pretty clear that coach Rick Carlisle is sick of the Dirk at the five lineup, and for good reason. The main lineup with Dirk, Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell, Wes Matthews and Harrison Barnes had a putrid 138.2 defensive rating in 30 minutes, so it may be a while before we see that again. Nowitzki will still get minutes in the low 20s at power forward, but the Mavs falling to 1-10 is not good for him possibly getting rest days.
Nov 4 - 10:50 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 7-of-11 shots and four 3-pointers for 18 points, five rebounds and one assist in Monday's 104-89 blowout loss to the Jazz.

Dirk has quietly scored in double figures in five straight games and led his team in scoring tonight. He's still not a must-own player in 10-team leagues, but is playing well enough to be picked up, as well as owned in 12-teamers.
Oct 30 - 11:55 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points with seven rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

He played his 1,400th game tonight and still saw a decent amount burn following a 26-minute effort on Wednesday. There is no talk of the Mavs resting Dirk just yet, but we'll see how he holds up in a couple months. He's not exactly playing his best basketball and is on pace for his worst season this century, but Nowitzki is still worth owning in standard leagues.
Oct 26 - 10:52 PM

Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes during Wednesday's win over the visiting Grizzlies.

Dirk at center may not be an every-night possibility, and the matchup tonight influenced Rick Carlisle to go bigger with Nerlens Noel as a starter. Carlisle admitted that it won't always be possible to start two 7-footers, because he wants his team to run more this season, but Dirk's role is safe -- as long as he's healthy, pencil him in for 24-26 minutes per game.
Oct 26 - 12:22 AM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 4-of-12 shots and zero 3-pointers for a season-high 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 29 minutes on Monday.

He was just 1-of-9 on Saturday, has yet to hit half his shots in a game, hasn't scored more than 11 points and simply looks old. The numbers aren't good and while there's still a chance he'll get it going at some point, if there's a hot free agent you've got your eye on, you can probably live without Dirk, who is shooting just 30 percent through four games.
Oct 23 - 11:14 PM

Dirk Nowitzki made just 1-of-8 from the field for two points during an ugly 107-91 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding five rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 18 minutes.

It wasn't that close and the Mavs winning the fourth quarter 33-15 helped their season stats so far. Most games Dirk should be starting at center, but sometimes he'll start at power forward when it's against a bigger frontcourt. With the Warriors on deck for Monday, Nowitzki figures to start next to Harrison Barnes up front. Additionally, he has another back-to-back set on Wednesday-Thursday, so his fantasy owners will want to make sure he's good to go.
Oct 21 - 11:28 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) is with the team in Houston and will likely play Saturday vs. the Rockets.

The Mavs are in the middle of a stretch in which they play six games over nine days. According to Mavs beat reporter Eddie Sefko, Dirk "will surely sit some" during this stretch. It's certainly something to keep an eye on next week, as Dallas plays Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Dirk played 24 minutes on Friday and was on the bench late in the fourth quarter. He admitted he felt flat late in the game.
Oct 21 - 12:01 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points with six rebounds and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

That's a shade down from his 26.4 minutes per game last year, but now he has a strong backup in Nerlens Noel. Nowitzki didn't close this game out and said he was flat late in the game. "Dwight [Powell] had a better chance [of succeeding late]," Nowitzki said. He probably won't play more than his 26 minutes per game last year, but he should still be owned in almost all leagues.
Oct 19 - 12:52 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

You don't see many two-block, two-steal games from Dirk, and he only had three of those in the last two regular seasons combined. Nowitzki is all set as the starting center, and perhaps he'll get easier shots with a faster pace and an aggressive point guard in Dennis Smith Jr. Nowitzki will undoubtedly slide in just about any draft, but he's a really fine pick at 100 or so.
Oct 13 - 8:25 PM

Dirk Nowitzki, who sat out last Thursday's preseason game to rest, started on Monday and hit 4-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, six rebounds, an assist and a block in 21 minutes of a 99-96 preseason win over Orlando.

Dirk is falling very deep in fantasy drafts and the fact he qualifies at center makes him an attractive late flier. Rest and injuries could be a problem for the ancient Nowitzki throughout the regular season, but if you need an extra center, there's not a lot of risk blowing a 13th- or 14th-round pick on the big man.
Oct 9 - 11:54 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Dennis Smith Jr.
2Yogi Ferrell
3J.J. Barea
SG1Seth Curry
2Devin Harris
SF1Wesley Matthews
2Dorian Finney-Smith
PF1Harrison Barnes
2Dwight Powell
3Maxi Kleber
4Josh McRoberts
C1Dirk Nowitzki
2Salah Mejri
3Nerlens Noel
4Jeff Withey
5Johnathan Motley