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IBN Facts: Dirk Nowitzki is slowly moving up the list of the best interntional players ever to wear a basketball jersey. At 7-0 (2,13) Nowitzki possesses the unique ability to bring up the ball, spot up for the three, and most recently shown in the 2006 NBA Playoffs, an effective post game. Dirk has a deadly jumpshot from the three-point arc and in, a jumpshot that is virtually undefendale due to his shooting form and release point. It's arguable that it would be easier to block Kareem's jumphook.

Arvydas Sabonis, Sergei Belov, Drazen Petrovic, Oscar Schmidt, Vlade Divac... Nowitzki is carving his name alongside legends of the past. He continually posts huge numbers in the NBA, owning the two top spots in points by an international player in a NBA game (53 points vs. Houston 12/02/04 and51 points vs. Golden State 03/23/06). As of 2006, he has participated in 5 straight all-star games and has been part of an All-NBA Team every season including the first team both in 2005 and 2006 making Dirk the first player in NBA history not to attend a United States high school or college to be on the All-NBA first team (2004-05). And these were no easy feats because during this time, it seems as every team had all-star forwards putting up great numbers; Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Elton Brand, Pau Gasol, Shawn Marion, Amare Stoudemire, Rashard Lewis, Carmelo Anthony, and Andrei Kirilenko. AND thats just the Western Conference.

Further cementing his Intenational Superstar status; Dirk Nowitzki lead Germany to a surprising second-place finish in the 2005 Eurobasket held in Belgrade, Serbia and was named the MVP of those European Championships. And to top it off, Nowitzki was hen named the NBA's best international player by NBA general managers prior to the 2005-06 NBA Season.
He walked into the 2005-06 NBA playoffs as an uncertainty after underperfoming in last year's postseason, but this year, Dirk has quietly quieted his critics by leading Dallas to the second best record in the Western Conference. Keep in mind that Steve Nash was in Dallas and Michael Finley was coming off the bench for the Spurs. This was Dirk and his Nowitznesses; Josh Howard, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, and Devin Harris. Dirk tied Kobe Bryant for the most points in a game during these playoffs by scoring 50 points against the Phoenix Suns in game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Dirk has grown up before us by seamlessly added the ability to drive to the basket and post up regularly to his already league-respected efficient jumpshot.

We all are Nowitznesses.

Dirk Nowitzki Profile (pg 2)

Name: Dirk Werner Nowitzki
Postion: Power Forward
Nickname: Dirty (USA)
Born: 06/19/1978
Status: Active
Origin: Wurzburg, West Germany
Height: 7-0/2m,13cm
Weight: 240lbs./108,9kg
Schools: N/A
Drafted: 1998, 1st round, 9th pick by Bucks
Languages: German and English
Website(s): Dirk Nowitzki News & InterBasket
Teams (Jersey): German National Team (14), Bundesliga, Dallas Mavericks (41), IBN Dream Team (First Team)
IBN Facts: Named the 2005 EuroBasket MVP after leading Team Germany to a surprising 2nd place finish.  Previous to the 2005-06 NBA Season, Nowitzki was voted the best international player by NBA General Managers. 
Dirk was voted the 2006 Interbasket International and European Player of the Year, as well as a member (and leading vote-getter) of the 2006 Interbasket All-World First Team along with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, and Pau Gasol Becoming a true NBA superstar has not changed the fact that the national team is deep in the heart of Dirk Nowitzki. He has brought Germany close to the top, but now he needs to take one more step to reach his first major title.

How much more can one single player do? Remember 2001? Dirk Nowitzki was the true MVP of the 2001 EuroBasket (28,7 points 9,1 rebounds, 51,6% shooting). He took his team to the semi finals all by himself and only lost in overtime against Turkey. Even at his best, Nowitzki was not enough to bring back the title. He was really close though. Can he do any better than that?

This year, Dirk Nowitzki is coming off of his best individual season ever in the NBA (26.1 pts, 9.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists). He has been the first European ever to be elected to the All-NBA first team. He proved that he could play without his best friend, the wonderful playmaker Steve Nash. He has taken on the leadership and the responsibilities in the franchise. Offensively, he’s now very consistent, and on a bad shooting night, he still manages to pour in twenty points.

He’s definitely one of the finest offensive players in the game, a unique combination of height, quickness and shooting range. On the defensive end, Nowitzki will never be a great stopper individually, but he can fit nicely in a team defense and brings defensive rebounds (2nd in the NBA with 8,5), steals (1,24) and blocked-shots (1,53). In the qualifying round, Nowitzki was relieved from the injuries that bothered him in 2003 and 2004. Healthy, the kid from Würzburg was no match for the other teams.

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