Dirk Nowitzki Interrupts Super Bowl Week to Remind Us That He's a Legit MVP Candidate

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I know it's all about Super Bowl XLV around here this week. I can tell by the way my eyes are drooping and feet are dragging.

But while we were partying and footballing last night, the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki did it again. He reminded us how damn good he is. In Dallas' 113-97 win over the Knicks in New York, he looked as healthy as he has in a month, driving and spinning and scoring at will.

If he's not on the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team reserves announced tonight, it'll be a crime. With Nowitzki the Mavs are 31-8; without him 2-7.

Oh yeah, Nowitzki did something else last night. Climbed the charts ...

After passing Larry Bird and Gary Payton in December, next up is Clyde Drexler as Nowitzki last night became just the 24th NBA player to score 22,000 points.

Among players born outside the U.S. there is Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (France), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica) and Nowitzki (Germany).

We now return you to your regularly scheduled football.

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antiarmin
antiarmin

Gots to agree with Chuckie G on this one guys! Sorry!

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I don't think Dirk will ever win a championship as the leader of an NBA team. No player after the Bird-Magic era has led his team to a championship without being an excellent defender.

But that's not to say that he's a bad player. He's a great player -- top ten power forward of all time, top Maverick of all time, top European player of all time, top five foreign-born player of all time, greatest seven-foot shooter of all time, etc. He's just not the kind of player that leads a team to a championship.

brett
brett

chuck g. shows his complete ignorance of the subject. Dirk is one of only 5 players in NBA history to average 25 points and 10 boards....IN THE FRIGGIN PLAYOFFS.

Those numbers are higher than his regular season MVP-type performances. As P1Steven said, you can't do it on your own.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

"But while were partying..."

You owe the Observer a refund.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Dirk has shown he can be an MVP of the playoffs before, problem is the rest of his team has failed him. No ONE player has ever one the Finals on their own.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Yep, he has received the MVP award before for a regular season. We are way past that now Richie. He passed Larry Bird---so what. Bird has 3 rings--Dirk none. Dirk has to show he is MVP of the playoffs and Finals.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Exactly Rob Em. And Dirk has come up short countless times in the playoffs---look it up. As the #1 seeded Mavs against the 8th seeded Warriors he has one game where he is 4-16 with 14 points and 2-13 for 8 points in game 6!! Sure he is a great regular season player, but comes up short when it counts the most in critical playoff games. And Bird's field goal percentage compared to Dirk's is astronomically higher. Granted, Dirk has had a number of teammates that didn't step up to the plate, but the high number of bricks he threw up time and time again were ill-timed unacceptable out of your prized player.

Guest
Guest

Yep... nothing annoys me more than the idiots that try to judge players by TEAM championships. It's appropriate to have this conversation while Big Ben Rapelesberger is in town since everyone will proclaim him as just as good as Brady and better than manning if they win this weekend... completely ignoring the fact that the rest of his team carries him through most games. Absolutely fucking idiotic.

WSGJ
WSGJ

I'm sure if Dirk had Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, and Danny Ainge as his fellow starters like Bird did, he'd have won a championship or two by now.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

He basically carried the team to the Conference Finals in Game 7 in San Antonio with 37 points, and scored 50 against Phoenix in Game 5 tied 2-2. And he's averaged 26 points/10 rebounds the past 3 postseasons.

Yeah, he hasn't carried them single-handedly to a championship, but who was the last single superstar to do that? It takes two elite players and Dirk's never had a partner in crime of that level.

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