Dirk winner
Dirk Nowitzki is the truth, an automatic shooter with an uncanny amount of big time buckets. His trademark shot was virtually undefendable. There is no comparison for Nowitzki, despite what your favourite draft analyst has tried to sell you, each, and every draft the past decade. Nowitzki released that ball high off his back-foot, while fading, and yes he was a legitimate seven footer.
Nowitzki’s accomplishments are sometimes lost in the shuffle of a great era that saw Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James dominate the media. But, the list of 13x All-Stars who won a Championship, Finals MVP, and MVP award all while playing for the same team is short. Arbitrary criteria or not, it shows the kind of player Nowitzki was.
Nowitzki finished third in MVP voting in 2005 and 2006 before ultimately winning the award in 2007. His prime was elite, his longevity speaks for itself; but what set him apart was his ability to lead by example. Nowitzki was no stranger to personal sacrifice on or off the court, whether it was his shot count or contract negotiations Nowitzki stepped up to the plate. Nowitzki put his team first, a trait that both the Mavericks and their fan base will be forever grateful.

The Resume:

Ninth Overall Pick 1998 – Milwaukee Bucks

13x All-Star

12x All-NBA


Finals MVP


How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Marc Griffin (12).

The Barn Burner: Justin Rowan (31).

How did the other guys rank Nowitzki: Josh Eberley (15), Justin Salkin (16), Will Reeve (16), Matt Drappel (22), Justin Termine (23), Lang Greene (26), Adi Joseph (28), Robert Littal (28), James Holas (28), Jacob Noble (30), Shane Young (30), and Brian Geltzeiler (30).


dirk and lebron


#22 Wednesday, September 15th.


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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic


Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

#43 Chris Paul

#42 Bill Walton

#41 Gary Payton

#40 Elvin Hayes

#39 Clyde Drexler

#38 Allen Iverson

#37 Steve Nash

#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson

One comment

  1. How is Kevin Garnett better than Dirk Nowitzki in the power forward position? Being more emotional and animated should not be the reason, right?

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