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41 Dirk Nowitzki PF
Height/Weight: 7-0/245 | Birthdate: 6/19/1978 | Birthplace: Wurzburg, West Germany | Team: Dallas Mavericks | College: No College | NBA Experience: 17 | Owned/Started%: 99/78 | Average Draft Position: 34.58
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Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki to play for Germany in EuroBasket tournament


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki will suit up for his native Germany during the EuroBasket tournament in September, according to the EuroBasket website.

Germany will host one of the tournament's group stage rounds in Berlin, which played a role in Nowitzki's role to participate in the tournament.

"I've chosen to be in Berlin," Nowitzki said. "I've had the whole month of May and used it to gain some distance and enjoy family time. Of course, I also have consulted the matter with my wife.

"But a EuroBasket in our home country is a huge thing and I look forward to it, I thought it would be a great way to conclude my national team career."

Nowitzki retired from national play after the 2011 EuroBasket tournament, but when Germany was awarded the task of hosting Group B in 2015 there was a distinct possibility he would return. 

"If [the EuroBasket tournament] was anywhere else, at the age of 37, it probably would have been a no-go for me," Nowitzki said. "But when I heard thatEuroBasket would be played in Berlin, a great basketball city, it was something I had dreamt about."

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has a reputation of being opposed to players competing in FIBA during the offseason, supports the decision of his franchise player to represent his country during the offseason.

"I think it's great," Cuban said. "Games are being played in Germany. It will be a chance for his fans there to see him play."

Nowitzki averaged 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Mavericks this past season.


Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki unsure if he'll play during summer


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said he hasn't decided if he'll play for the German national team during the summer, reports the team's official website.

"I'll see how I'm feeling and what my family thinks. I don't make that decision by myself anymore," he said. "I've got others to think about now. The tournament is in Germany, which means obviously a lot to basketball in our country. That obviously weighs a lot into that decision. Plus, I would love to be a part of the Olympics one more time next year in Rio. But, saying all that, I think I'm going to talk to numerous people. I'm going to talk to [owner Mark Cuban] and maybe coach [Rick Carlisle], and see what's on their minds. The thing is, I've got to make this decision pretty quick, though, because it obviously impacts what I do this offseason. If I don't play, then I probably won't start working out with the ball until August. And if I do play, I've probably got to start already in July at the latest. I'd say I'll give myself a few weeks here. But, by June at the latest, I've got to know if it's a go or not."

Nowitzki recently completed his 17th season in the NBA and he said he was pleased with how he performed during the 2014-15 season.

"I mean, I made it through pretty good," Nowitzki said. "They gave me a couple of back-to-backs off, but I still played, what, mid-70s. Plus, the playoffs, so that's almost 80 games again. I feel pretty good. Like I said, I did a lot of work last summer and I'll probably do more of the same again this year with a lot of weight training to keep the legs strong. Not really sure quite what the summer will bring yet. We have an Olympic qualifier, the European championship, in Germany this summer in September. I haven't really made up my mind yet if I'm competing there or not, but for almost 37 now, I made it pretty good through another season."


Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki: I will play out my contract


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will be 37 years old when the basketballs start bouncing again next season. But he has two years left on his deal with the team and he plans on playing them out.

"I definitely want to fulfill my contract," he told the Dallas Morning News. "I signed on for three years last summer and I'm not going to retire after the first year. If I commit to something, I commit to it fully. ... Hopefully [I will] make it count, make it good ones. Hopefully deep playoff runs; that's what we wanted this year."

Nowitzki remained consistent this season despite weaker numbers. He averaged 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game - his lowest totals since his rookie year. But he only played 30 minutes a game.


Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki willing to come off bench next year


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/29/2015) Veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki said he would be willing to come off the bench next season for the Mavericks if it meant the team was able to acquire a marquee free agent, per ESPNDallas.com.

Nowitzki finished the season averaging 17.3 points in 77 games, the second-lowest mark of his storied career and only behind his rookie mark of 8.2 points in 1998-99. Nowitzki had a couple of big games in Dallas' playoff series loss to Houston, but he will be 37 next season and the days of heavy minutes may be behind him. 

"Yeah, I mean, whatever it takes," he said. "My last two years I want to enjoy. I want to be a good team. I want to be on a winning team. Playoffs. Hopefully deep runs. So, yeah, anything I've got to do to help is obviously no question."


Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki not thinking about retirement


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki nearing the end of his 17th season in the NBA, he said his recent play has provided confidence he can continue to produce at a high level, reports The Dallas Morning News.

"You know, all the work I put in last summer, I felt amazing in November, so when I went through these droughts here, starting in December and then I couldn't really turn the corner again, there's doubt creeping in," Nowitzki said. "But in my head I was saying, 'I felt amazing in November, I played amazing, I felt amazing, I moved great, I shot great. Just hopefully eventually get over everything in my body and feel good again and then I still think you can play at a high level.'"

Nowitzki's efficiently has increased as the season comes to a close, which he said was perfect timing for the playoffs.

“To me, it obviously couldn't have happened at a better time," he said. "Usually I'm a big fan of springtime, it gets warmer out, the feel of it and the playoffs around the corner is usually my time so I'm glad it happened around the right time."


G Rajon Rondo lone regular starter to play for Mavericks on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo is the lone regular starter who will play Monday for the Mavericks in Utah, the team has announced.

Center Tyson Chandler, forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons and guard Monta Ellis will not play.

Chandler was already listed as doubtful with a knee injury. 

The Mavericks are 8-point favorites against the Jazz.


Mavericks to rest Nowitzki, Ellis, Chandler; Parsons (knee) out


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/13/2015) The Mavericks confirmed early resorts that they would rest forward Dirk Nowitzki, guard Monta Ellis and center Tyson Chandler for Monday's game against the Jazz. In addition, forward Chandler Parsons will miss his fifth straight contest with a knee injury. 

With all the moves, the Mavericks are 10.5 point underdogs against Utah. 


Mavs' Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki could rest Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Mavericks could be down a few players Monday as the team prepares for its playoff push, reports ESPN.com.

Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis are reportedly flying back to Dallas with owner Mark Cuban Sunday instead of making the trip to Utah for Monday's game against the Jazz. Chandler scored 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting Sunday in 27 minutes. 


F Dirk Nowitzki leads Mavs with 25 points, 9 rebounds in 2OT win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/11/2015) Power forward Dirk Nowitzki went for 25 points and nine rebounds in the Mavericks' 144-143 double-overtime victory against the Nuggets on Friday.

Nowitzki shot 10 of 19 from the floor and added four assists and three blocks in the win.

Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki puts up 18 in loss to Warriors


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points in the team's loss to the Warriors.

Nowitzki is averaging 17.2 points, and six rebounds per game this season. Over his career, the 36-year-old has averaged 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.


Mavs PF Dirk Nowitzki puts up 21 points in loss to Rockets


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points in a loss to the Rockets on Thursday. Nowitzki also pulled down seven rebounds during the game.

In 72 games this year, he is averaging 17.2 points and six rebounds per contest.


Mavs' forward Dirk Nowitzki collects 10K career rebound


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/24/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki grabbed his 10,000th career rebound in Tuesday's victory.

With the milestone, Nowitzki becomes the first player in NBA history with 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 3-pointers.

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki headed toward milestone


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/24/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki needs just nine rebounds Tuesday against the Spurs to reach the 10,000 rebound plateau, per the team's website. 

If Nowitzki grabs the boards, he will become just the seventh player in NBA history to have 27,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O'Neal, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes. 

Nowitzki was not at shootaround Tuesday as his wife gave birth to the couple's second child, but he is expected to play. He is averaging 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds this season. 


Mavericks SF Chandler Parsons scores 24 in win over Magic


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons scored 24 points in the team's 117-92 victory over the Magic on Wednesday. He also recorded four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Power forward Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points of his own on 5 for 10 shooting from the field, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range.


Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki scores team-high 20 vs. Nets


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 20 points on 8 of 14 shooting, including 2 of 5 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 104-94 home loss to the Nets Saturday.

Nowitzki had been struggling from the field in recent games, including making just two of his seven shots Wednesday against the Hawks. He was able to turn things around Saturday, making at least 50 percent of his shots for the first time since Feb. 9. Nowitzki also tallied six rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes.

The Mavericks will move ahead to face the Pelicans Monday.


Mavs list Dirk Nowitzki (elbow) as probable Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Hornets, reports ESPNDallas.com. Nowitzki is dealing with an elbow issue, but X-rays revealed no extensive damage.

The Mavericks are 10-point favorites.


Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki (elbow) gets X-ray, expects to be fine


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki received an X-ray on his elbow after Friday's 111-100 win over the Rockets but said everything checked out fine, MavsOutsider.com reports.

Nowitzki does not expect this issue to cause him to miss any time. He scored 12 points on 6 of 13 shooting while tallying six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes in the win. The Mavericks are set to face the Hornets Sunday.


Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki named All-Star replacement


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as a replacement for injured Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, according to Mavs.com and multiple reports.

It'll be the 13th All-Star selection of Nowitzki's career, and he's missed just one All-Star Game since his first selection in 2001-02. He entered play Wednesday averaging 18.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting as well as 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists.


Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki doubles up on the Jazz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki posted a double-double on Wednesday against the Jazz.

Nowitzki shot 5-14 from the field. He sunk five of his six free throws, finishing with 15 points. Nowitzki was dominant on the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds. Twelve of those came on the defensive side of the floor. He also added two assists and two steals. 


Mavericks give Dirk Nowitzki the night off


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) The Mavericks announced that F Dirk Nowitzki will not play in Thursday night's game at the Kings. 

Nowitzki isn't suffering from an injury. Coaches are just giving him the night off for rest. 

This will be the fourth game Nowitzki has missed this season, all on the road, and first since Jan. 14. 

The Mavs are 3.5 point favorites on the road against the Kings.


Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki scores team-high 24 points in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, in Dallas' 102-98 loss to the Bulls Friday. He also grabbed seven rebounds on the night.

It was his third game in his last four scoring over 20 points for the Mavericks. Nowitzki is averaging 21.5 points and 7.8 rebounds in his last four games.


Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki picks up 21 points on Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki picked up 21 points on Monday against the Grizzlies. 

Nowitzki shot 7-13 from the field, including 2-4 from beyond the arc. He sunk all five of his free throws during the contest. Nowitzki also added six rebounds. 


Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki nears double-double in win Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points on 8 of 18 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in Dallas' 97-89 win over the Nuggets Friday. It was only Nowitzki's second 20-plus point game this month and tied for his most points since Dec. 28 when he scored 30.

Nowitzki also added nine rebounds, the most he has had in a game since Dec. 17. He and the Mavericks will look to keep rolling Monday against the Grizzlies.


Nowitzki, Chandler, Rondo back in starting lineup Friday for Dallas


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Mavericks will head back to their usual starting lineup in Friday's game against the Nuggets after giving Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo the day off on Wednesday, the team announced.

With the trio out of the lineup Wednesday, the Mavericks lost 114-107 in Denver Wednesday.

The Mavericks are currently 8 1/2-point favorites against Denver.


Mavericks' Rondo, Chandler, Nowitzki ruled out Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo, center Tyson Chandler and power forward Dirk Nowitzki will not play in Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, Mavs.com reports.

Rondo is dealing with a sore Achillies and may end up missing more than one game in order to heal properly. Coach Rick Carlisle indicated Wednedsay that Rondo has been sore for some time, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Chandler is sidelined with an ankle issue, but the team is taking precautionary measures that the injury doesn't worsen by resting the center. Nowitzki's absence is just a rest day.

Dallas is a 2-point underdog in Denver Wednesday.