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Name: Dirk Werner Nowitzki
Postion: Power Forward
Nickname: Dirty (USA)
Origin: Wurzburg, West Germany
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 Eurobasket2005.com: 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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