Who Did it Better: MVP Dirk or 2nd Year Luka

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Luka Doncic is off to a historic start to the 2019-2020 Season. You constantly hear his name brought up with legends of the game such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. While those guys are all great, I like to talk about Dirk Nowitzki. To get a historical context for Luka Doncic’s MVP caliber play, let’s compare his performance this year to the only MVP in Dallas Mavericks franchise history, Dirk Nowitzki.

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Top 10 Individual Playoff Performances of All-Time

The NBA Playoffs are a time when the biggest stars shine brightest.  During the 2018-2019 regular season we have already already seen some incredible, all-time great individual single game performances by the likes of James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Nikola Jokic.  Throughout history many players have put up big time performance in the regular season, but it takes a special kind of player to do it when your entire Season is on the line.

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Dirk versus Everybody

Ever since 1998 Dallas Mavericks fans have had the pleasure to watch and root for one of the greatest NBA players of all time.  Dirk is an NBA Champion, Finals MVP, League MVP, 13x All-Star, and 12x All-NBA.  Along with racking up these impressive accolades, Dirk Nowitzki has gone toe-to-toe with many of the greatest players to ever step on a basketball court. Not only has he competed against the best but Dirk has many times beaten the best.  Enjoy this list of some of the greatest players that Dirk Nowitzki has played against including matchup stats, win/loss record, and top games for each.  Looking through this history of data one thing is for sure, Dirk can take on anybody.

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Top 10 Seasons All-Time by a Dallas Maverick

This 2018-2019 season has been a blast so far for Mavericks fans.  We get to watch the greatest Maverick of all time play with the best prospect the Mavs have ever had.  With the long time greatness of Dirk Nowitzki and the meteoric rise to stardom of Luka Dončić, it is easy to forget some of the other great players that have worn Dallas across their chest in the 39 years the franchise has been in existence.

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Dirk Returns Tonight!

Maverick legend Dirk Nowitzki is set to return to the court tonight in Phoenix for his 2018-2019 season debut!

Nobody can say for sure if this is Dirk’s last year but there a strong feeling that it probably is.  I’m sure he will miss games for rest and his minutes will be limited so Mavs fans should be ready to cherish the remaining Dirk moments we have left.

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Video Recap: Training Camp Interviews

Cruising through Mavericks youtube videos I stumbled upon this video of interviews from September when Mavs opened training camp.  With Dirk returning soon it seemed relevant to hear him speak on his role this season.  There are also some great moments from DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr, and Luka Doncic.

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Will Dirk Ever Make it to Top 5 of the All-Time Scoring List?

The night Dirk eclipsed the 30,000-point mark was one of the most fun nights I have had at the American Airlines Center, it was absolutely electric!  Dirk was aggressive from the start, knocking down 3s, and the crowd was locked in. Netting 18 points in the first quarter of the 20 he needed, it was a Mavs memory I will never forget.  It was such a great moment that it got me thinking about when we will get to watch Dirk pass the great Wilt Chamberlain, next on the list of top NBA all-time scorers.

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