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Dirk Nowitzki | Forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
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Dirk Nowitzki understands that rebounding will be an issue for the Mavs this upcoming season.
"I mean, there’s a lot of good teams," Nowitzki said. "The top teams are pretty loaded, so we’ll just keep working and hopefully get better as a team. On the defensive end, rebounding is going to be a challenge for this team every night." The Mavs were one of the worst teams in the league last season in the rebounding department, and the departure of Tyson Chandler isn't going to help anything. Perhaps Dirk tries to shoulder a bit more of the rebounding burden himself after averaging just 5.9 boards per game last season to go with 17.3 points and 1.4 three-pointers per game. Sep 2 - 12:25 PM

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Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points in an exhibition game against Poland on Saturday.

Nowitzki also added seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action during Germany's 82-69 victory over Poland. We'll keep an eye on Dirk as he and the German National Team play in EuroBasket next month, but fantasy owners may want to take a younger option in the early-mid rounds of fantasy drafts as the 37-year-old has said he can't be the Mavericks' No. 1 option if they want to win a championship.
Aug 25 - 11:46 AM

Dirk Nowitkzi said singing parts of the Counting Crows song, "Mr. Jones" at the free throw line has helped him concentrate.

Nowitzki said he had a coach when he was younger who told him to try to sing a song at the free throw line to relax himself and it ended up working for him. "I haven't done it in a few years," Dirk said. "I don't know why that song, but I love that song. I still love that song." Picasso and gray guitars aside, fantasy owners will be faced with a tough decision in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts with the 37-year-old. He can still produce, but owners may want to select a younger player who can provide a higher ceiling.
Aug 6 - 11:25 AM

DeAndre Jordan was impressed that Dirk Nowitzki came from his family vacation to meet with him in Los Angeles.

None of the Clippers players were at the meeting with DJ, but that may have been by design. Nowitzki isn't a great defender and Jordan actually wasn't very good on the ball either, so that'll be something to watch with the Mavs next season.
Jul 3 - 4:56 PM

Dirk Nowitzki admitted that he can't be the Mavericks' No. 1 option if they hope to win a championship next season.

The former MVP will be 37 years old on Friday. "That's just normal," he said of his declining skills. "That's how the cycle goes." The always-aggressive Mavs' front office has a big offseason looming, as they have only three players with guaranteed contracts in Dirk, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris. Tyson Chandler is unrestricted and Monta Ellis and Al-Farouq Aminu are both expected to decline player options, so Dirk may be playing on a totally overhauled roster in 2015-16.
Jun 16 - 1:20 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he has decided to play in EuroBasket with the German national team this summer.

Nowitzi will join Team Germany as theyl host Group B in Berlin and play Serbia, Italy, Iceland, Turkey and Spain. Dirk said he would discuss the added miles on his 37-year-old body with Mavs owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle and the three must have decided this wouldn't drain him too much for the upcoming 2015-16 season. While Nowitzki isn't the early-round fantasy pick he used to be, he averaged 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in the playoffs this season, so he can still be useful as a mid-round pick.
Source: Sportando
Jun 4 - 10:24 AM

Dirk Nowitzki still hasn't decided if he will play in EuroBasket with the German national team this summer.

"I’ll see how I’m feeling and what my family thinks. I don’t make that decision by myself anymore," Nowitzki said. "I’ve got others to think about now. The tournament is in Germany, which means obviously a lot to basketball in our country. That obviously weighs a lot into that decision." Nowitzki will likely talk things over with Mavs owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle, but it sounds like he is leaning towards playing. Nowitzki is now 37 years old, but he still has plenty of gas left in the tank as evidenced by his averages of 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in the playoffs this season. We will let you know when he makes his final decision.
May 13 - 11:20 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said he intends to complete his current contract before retiring.

"I signed on for three years last summer and I’m not going to retire after the first year. If I commit to something, I commit to it fully. I’ve got two more years and hopefully make it count, make it good ones," he said. Nowitzki admitted that retirement has crossed his mind, but he's never given it serious thought. Fortunately for NBA fans, it sounds like we'll get at least two more seasons of Captain Swish.
May 11 - 9:13 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said he would be willing to come off the bench next season.

"The problem is there's some stiffness involved with coming off the bench," Nowitzki joked. He would move to the bench if the Mavs are able to pick up a free agent. The first player to come to mind here would be LaMarcus Aldridge, but moving Dirk to the bench wouldn't be too wild for even a worse player. He played 29.3 minutes per game after the break last season and would he would likely be closer to 26 or so next year.
Apr 29 - 2:18 PM

Dirk Nowitzki's season ended with a thud on Tuesday, as he shot 8-of-23 from the field to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and one steal in 39 minutes.

This marks Nowitzki's 75th career playoff double-double. He had a few vintage moments tonight but overall his poor shooting and shaky defense was a drag, especially in the first half. He will earn $8.3 million next year and the Mavs will need to surround their aged star with more firepower than they had this season, especially if Monta Ellis opts to head elsewhere in free agency. At the moment, Dallas has only three players with guaranteed deals for 2015-16 -- Dirk, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris. We're expecting some fireworks from Mark Cuban this summer, though he surely has his eye on the elite free agents looming in 2016.
Apr 28 - 11:15 PM

Dirk Nowitzki acknowledged that it's been a "frustrating couple of days" for the Mavericks' franchise, but he's more concerned about Friday's crucial Game 3 against the Rockets.

"It’s been a frustrating couple of days for this franchise," Nowitzki said. "But I think when you’re down and stuff is not really going right, you focus on yourself and what you have to do to get ready to play. You focus on the guys that are here. You focus on the gameplan, make a few adjustments and go from there." Dirk is obviously talking about Rajon Rondo's mysterious back injury here, but he didn't go into much detail as his primary focus is getting a win tonight to avoid the dreaded 0-3 hole. Dirk struggled during Game 2, but we'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance tonight in front of his home crowd.
Apr 24 - 11:48 AM

Dirk Nowitzki made 10-of-14 from the field for 24 points during a 118-108 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding eight boards, two assists, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

The turnovers were a bit much, but Nowitzki was money with his jumper. The Mavs did give Dirk a little breather in the fourth quarter, but his playing time in this game is a good sign. Expect him to be a big part of the offense to help space the Rockets' defense.
Apr 19 - 12:27 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said he's feeling good and hasn't starting thinking about retirement.

The 36-year-old isn't putting up the numbers he used to, but he's still been effective in his 16th season. "I felt amazing in November, so when I went through these droughts here, starting in December and then I couldn’t really turn the corner again, there’s doubt creeping in. But in my head I was saying, ‘I felt amazing in November, I played amazing, I felt amazing, I moved great, I shot great. Just hopefully eventually get over everything in my body and feel good again and then I still think you can play at a high level.' " Nowitzki will no longer be a top pick in fall fantasy drafts, but his 2014-15 averages of 17.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.3 three-pointers show that he can still help fantasy owners.
Apr 14 - 9:58 AM

Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler (rest) will all sit out Monday's game against the Jazz.

With Dallas locked into the No. 7 seed out West, there is no reason for these guys to grind it out before the postseason begins. Amar'e Stoudemire or Charlie Villanueva could draw the start for Dirk, J.J. Barea is likely to get the call for Monta and either Greg Smith or Bernard James is likely to start inside for Chandler. With Chandler Parsons (knee) still out, the Mavs will roll out a very lackluster lineup on Monday.

Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis are reportedly headed to Dallas on Mark Cuban's private jet, meaning they won't play in Utah on Monday.

This isn't at all surprising since the Mavs are cemented into the No. 7 seed and coach Rick Carlisle has been systematically resting his key veterans over the past few games. All three players will likely to return to action for Wednesday's season finale vs. the Blazers, but fantasy owners still grinding away shouldn't take their availability for granted.
Apr 13 - 12:50 AM

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All Positions
PG1Deron Williams
2Devin Harris
3Raymond Felton
SG1Wesley Matthews
2J.J. Barea
3John Jenkins
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Justin Anderson
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Charlie Villanueva
3Jeremy Evans
4Dwight Powell
5Maurice Ndour
6Brandon Ashley
C1Zaza Pachulia
2Samuel Dalembert
3JaVale McGee
4Salah Mejri
5Satnam Singh
6Jarrid Famous