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Dirk Nowitzki | Forward | #41

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (9) / MLW
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Coach Rick Carlisle said on Saturday that Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles strain) is going to be out "a while."
Carlisle added that Dirk should be deemed "out indefinitely." This is not all that surprising, considering that the Mavs had already announced Dirk would miss at least the Mavs next two games. The immediate future is very murky for Dirk. He has missed 13 of the Mavs last 15 games as his Achilles has been unable to heal properly. Considering the Mavs are currently disincentivized to win, as each loss means a greater likelihood of securing a top lottery pick, expect Dallas to be extremely cautious with Dirk and only play him when he is close to 100% Dec 3 - 12:37 PM

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Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), already ruled out of Saturday's game against the Bulls, is likely to miss at least one additional game.

The Mavs following game is Monday vs. Charlotte. They then play the Kings on Wednesday, which seems to be the earliest we would see Dirk back on the floor. However, even that is questionable due to the lingering soreness in his right Achilles' tendon. "Dirk's situation is improving, but he is really out indefinitely," Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN. Dirk has played in just two of the Mavs last 13 games. With the 3-15 Mavs headed towards a top lottery pick, they have absolutely no reason to rush Dirk back into the lineup.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 2 - 6:23 PM

Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) will miss at least the next three games for the Mavericks, and he's without an official timetable to return.

On Tuesday, Rick Carlisle ruled Nowitzki out for Dallas' upcoming back-to-back set, but now we can go ahead and take Saturday's home game against the Bulls off the table as well. Dirk has only managed to suit up for five games this season, and given the Mavs record (3-13), there's no need for him to rush back to the team. Dorian Finney-Smith will continue to start in his absence, but Harrison Barnes is the true beneficiary. At 38 years old, Nowtizki is no longer worth a roster spot in standard leagues.
Nov 30 - 12:25 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles tendon) will miss at least the Mavs' next two games.

Dirk has simply not been able to shake the nagging Achilles injury that has plagued him since the start of the season. "He's making gradual progress but not enough to play him right now," coach Rick Carlisle said. With the Mavs in contention to finish with the league's worst record this season (and the top overall pick in a loaded 2017 NBA draft), Dallas has every reason to be exceedingly cautious with Dirk. The fantasy outlook for Nowitzki the rest of this season is dark and cloudy. Dorian Finney-Smith will likely continue to start in Nowitzki's absence, but will only see limited minutes. Harrison Barnes is the biggest fantasy beneficiary.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 29 - 1:53 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) will not play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

He has been back in action for the previous two at 23.5 minutes per game, but the Mavs just want to be careful on their Hall of Fame forward. Coach Rick Carlisle said a full recovery for Nowitzki is "going to take some time ... My hope is that is that [Dirk's recovery] can be complete some time in December." He's going to be very annoying to own in standard leagues. In the meantime, the Mavs will go smaller with Harrison Barnes at the four with more Justin Anderson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell.
Nov 27 - 5:28 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) and Deron Williams (calf) are questionable for Sunday's game vs. New Orleans.

Nowitzki has played in two straight games, but it's not clear if the Mavs want to rest him or if he suffered a minor setback. We'll know more after the morning shootaround. If Nowitzki sits, the Mavs could go small with Harrison Barnes at the four which would open up more minutes off the bench for guys like Dwight Powell and Justin Anderson. All of the veterans in Dallas are going to be annoying to own in fantasy with the Mavs tanking.
Nov 27 - 9:09 AM

Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in his second game back from an Achilles injury, making 7-of-18 shots in 27 minutes.

The Mavs are wisely keeping Dirk on a minute-limit for now, but tonight's low playing time was also a result of the score -- Dallas was trailing by nearly 40 points when Nowitzki took a seat for good. His playing time should creep into the 30-minute mark before long, and he shouldn't be on any waiver wires.
Nov 25 - 10:13 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) scored 10 points in 20 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

He went to the locker room at the beginning of the fourth quarter to start his post-game treatment a bit early. Nowitzki was not hurt and was on a minutes limit, so this is not an aggravation. The Mavs were getting crushed at home as they fall to 2-12 on the year. While the Mavs are not good, Nowitzki doesn't appear to be the kind of player to miss several games to tank.
Nov 23 - 10:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

He is going to have a minutes limit tonight for his first game action since Nov. 4. Nowitzki is worth owning in standard leagues, but he may not yield much value for tonight. Dorian Finney-Smith will come off the bench
Nov 23 - 8:19 PM

Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) is a go for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

He's played in just three games this season, and has been on the sidelines since Nov. 4, so he'll likely be working with a minutes limit tonight. Dorian Finney-Smith will return to the bench.
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 6:59 PM

Rick Carlisle said Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) is "feeling better" and that there's a "good chance" he'll play Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

Nowitzki will be returning from an eight-game absence, so he Carlisle may want to ease him back into things. With 13 games being played tonight, owners in standard leagues can probably do better than Dirk. His return to action will more than likely result in Dorian Finney-Smith returning to the bench.
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 12:11 PM

Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles), Deron Williams (calf) and Andrew Bogut (calf) are all questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

All of these guys were able to practice on Tuesday, but Nowitzki and Bogut seem to be further along than Williams. Nowtizki will likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he is able to get out there, Dorian Finney-Smith would return to the bench. Dirk hasn't played since November 4, so expect him to be working with a minutes limit once he does return to the court.

Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) returned to practice on Tuesday.

Nowitzki hasn't played since Nov. 4, and while getting back on the practice court is a positive sign, we're still going to have to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Clippers until we hear otherwise. He'll likely be eased back into things after spending nearly three weeks on the sidelines, but his return would send Dorian Finney-Smith back to the bench and there wouldn't be quite as many touches for Seth Curry on offense.
Nov 22 - 2:47 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.

He has already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Spurs, but coach Rick Carlisle said he is progressing and that he's considered day-to-day. Nowitzki's next chance to play will be on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.
Nov 21 - 12:44 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Spurs.

This will be his seventh game in a row on the sidelines with and he doesn't have a clear return date yet. Harrison Barnes will continue to start at the four, while Dwight Powell is looking at minutes in the low 20s.
Nov 21 - 9:19 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Deron Williams
2J.J. Barea
3Devin Harris
SG1Wesley Matthews
2Seth Curry
3Jonathan Gibson
SF1Harrison Barnes
2Justin Anderson
3Nicolas Brussino
4Dorian Finney-Smith
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Dwight Powell
3Quincy Acy
C1Andrew Bogut
2Salah Mejri
3A.J. Hammons