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Dirk Nowitzki | Forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
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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

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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

Dirk Nowitzki started as usual vs. the Lakers on Sunday, notching 16 points, two 3-pointers, four boards and one steal during the Mavs' road win.

Rick Carlisle said he'll rest more players on Monday and Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler are prime candidates to sit out a road game in Utah. The Mavs are locked into the No. 7 seed out West, so there's no compelling reason for Dirk to play in the second game of a back-to-back set. Check back after Monday's shootaround for an update.
Apr 13 - 12:19 AM

Head coach Rick Carlisle said that he will rest a couple of players on Sunday vs. the Lakers, but he declined to say who.

The lack of transparency is frustrating, but we will let you know as soon we hear anything else. Some obvious candidates for a night off would be Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler, so owners will have to be on high alert for an update. Stay tuned.
Apr 12 - 8:19 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and three blocks in Friday's double-overtime win over the Nuggets.

Owners have to hope he can avoid the DNP bug and that he uses the Mavs' remaining games to get red hot before the playoffs. Neither scenario would surprise us.
Apr 11 - 3:31 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said with the seventh seed locked up, the Mavs have now set their sights on a 50-win season.

"I mean, 50 wins in the West is always an accomplishment," said Nowitzki. "We missed it by one game last year... But, if it doesn’t happen, we’d rather go into the playoffs fresh. If Tyson [Chandler] wants a night off or Monta [Ellis] needs a night off, I think that’s more important than winning 50 games." The Mavs currently sit 47-31, and with their next three games coming against teams that have been eliminated from the playoffs, it's certainly a possibility. Although, health is going to be more important for the Mavs than hitting that 50-win mark, so owners of Ellis and Chandler will need to be on the look out for rest days as Dallas closes out their season.
Apr 10 - 9:44 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers in 23 minutes during a 123-110 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

Dirk was posting up Shaun Livingston and Livingston appeared to hit him below the belt. "I don't think it was intentional on his part. Stuff happens sometimes. It's unfortunate and we move on,'' Nowitzki said. Looking ahead, the Mavs have three road games in the Apr. 10-13 stretch, so we're expecting Dirk to sit in 1-2 of those. The have three games total next week, starting at home against the Suns on Wednesday.
Apr 5 - 1:47 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points during a 108-101 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers on 7-of-11 from the field.

It was one of his best games of the season and getting 32 minutes in each of his back-to-back games is noteworthy. Looking at the schedule, the Mavs have a road-road back-to-back on Apr. 12 and 13, so one of those games is a good bet for Dirk to sit. The Mavs will need him to play well if they're going to have any chance to get even two wins in the postseason.
Apr 2 - 11:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Devin Harris
3Raymond Felton
SG1Monta Ellis
2J.J. Barea
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Richard Jefferson
3Al-Farouq Aminu
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Amare Stoudemire
3Charlie Villanueva
4Dwight Powell
C1Tyson Chandler
2Greg Smith
3Bernard James