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Dirk Nowitzki

36-Year-Old    PF    Dallas Mavericks

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

21.7

REB

6.2

AST

2.7

STL

0.9

BLK

0.6

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Dirk Nowitzki returns for his 17th season in Dallas. During the 2013-14 season, Nowitzki rebounded from a somewhat down year to finish with 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 33 minutes per game through 80 games played. He flirted with the ...

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HT: 7' 0"   WT: 240 lbs   DOB: 6/19/1978  College: Germany   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #9 Overall in 1998   Show ContractHide Contract

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Dirk Nowitzki Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $60 million contract extension in September of 2006. Nowitzki has the option to terminate the final year on the deal and become a free agent in July 2010.

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Dirk Nowitzki NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 26 78 38.7 26.1 9.7 3.1 1.2 1.5 1.2 45.9 86.9 2.3 1.2 8.5 2.9 39.9 8.5 18.5 7.9 9.1
2005-06 27 81 38.1 26.6 9.0 2.8 0.7 1.0 1.4 48.0 90.1 1.9 1.4 7.6 3.3 40.6 9.3 19.3 6.7 7.4
2006-07 28 78 36.2 24.6 8.9 3.4 0.7 0.8 0.9 50.2 90.4 2.1 1.6 7.3 2.2 41.6 8.6 17.2 6.4 7.1
2007-08 29 77 36.0 23.6 8.6 3.5 0.7 0.9 1.0 47.9 87.9 2.1 1.2 7.3 2.9 35.9 8.2 17.1 6.2 7.1
2008-09 30 81 37.7 25.9 8.4 2.4 0.8 0.8 0.8 47.9 89.0 1.9 1.1 7.3 2.1 35.9 9.6 20.0 6.0 6.7
2009-10 31 81 37.5 25.0 7.7 2.7 0.9 1.0 0.6 48.1 91.5 1.8 1.0 6.7 1.5 42.1 8.9 18.5 6.6 7.2
2010-11 32 DAL 73 34.3 23.0 7.0 2.6 0.5 0.6 0.9 51.7 89.2 1.9 0.7 6.3 2.3 39.3 8.4 16.2 5.4 6.1
2011-12 33 DAL 62 33.5 21.6 6.8 2.2 0.7 0.5 1.3 45.7 89.6 1.9 0.7 6.0 3.4 36.8 7.6 16.7 5.1 5.7
2012-13 34 DAL 53 31.3 17.3 6.8 2.5 0.7 0.7 1.2 47.1 86.0 1.3 0.7 6.2 3.0 41.4 6.5 13.7 3.1 3.6
2013-14 35 DAL 80 32.9 21.7 6.2 2.7 0.9 0.6 1.6 49.7 89.9 1.5 0.5 5.7 4.1 39.8 7.9 15.9 4.2 4.7
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True Shooting Percentage

60.3%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Dirk Nowitzki had a true shooting percentage of 60.3%.

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Dirk Nowitzki NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 26 78 36.0 24.2 9.0 2.9 1.2 1.4 1.1 45.9 86.9 2.1 1.1 7.9 2.7 39.9 7.9 17.2 7.3 8.4
2005-06 27 81 36.0 25.1 8.5 2.6 0.7 1.0 1.3 48.0 90.1 1.8 1.3 7.1 3.2 40.6 8.8 18.2 6.3 7.0
2006-07 28 78 36.0 24.5 8.8 3.4 0.7 0.8 0.9 50.2 90.4 2.1 1.6 7.3 2.2 41.6 8.6 17.1 6.4 7.0
2007-08 29 77 36.0 23.6 8.6 3.5 0.7 0.9 1.0 47.9 87.9 2.1 1.2 7.3 2.9 35.9 8.2 17.1 6.2 7.1
2008-09 30 81 36.0 24.7 8.0 2.3 0.7 0.7 0.7 47.9 89.0 1.9 1.0 7.0 2.0 35.9 9.1 19.1 5.7 6.4
2009-10 31 81 36.0 24.0 7.3 2.6 0.8 0.9 0.6 48.1 91.5 1.8 0.9 6.4 1.4 42.1 8.5 17.7 6.3 6.9
2010-11 32 DAL 73 36.0 24.2 7.4 2.7 0.5 0.7 0.9 51.7 89.2 2.0 0.7 6.7 2.4 39.3 8.8 17.0 5.7 6.4
2011-12 33 DAL 62 36.0 23.2 7.3 2.4 0.7 0.5 1.4 45.7 89.6 2.0 0.8 6.5 3.7 36.8 8.2 17.9 5.5 6.2
2012-13 34 DAL 53 36.0 19.9 7.9 2.9 0.8 0.8 1.4 47.1 86.0 1.5 0.8 7.1 3.4 41.4 7.4 15.8 3.6 4.2
2013-14 35 DAL 80 36.0 23.8 6.8 3.0 1.0 0.6 1.8 49.7 89.9 1.6 0.5 6.3 4.5 39.8 8.7 17.4 4.6 5.2
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Dirk Nowitzki NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 26 78 3020 2032 757 240 97 119 91 45.9 86.9 176 96 661 228 39.9 663 1445 615 708
2005-06 27 81 3089 2151 728 226 58 83 110 48.0 90.1 156 115 613 271 40.6 751 1564 539 598
2006-07 28 78 2820 1916 693 263 52 62 72 50.2 90.4 167 122 571 173 41.6 673 1341 498 551
2007-08 29 77 2769 1817 659 266 51 71 79 47.9 87.9 160 95 564 220 35.9 630 1314 478 544
2008-09 30 81 3050 2094 681 197 61 63 61 47.9 89.0 157 88 593 170 35.9 774 1616 485 545
2009-10 31 81 3041 2027 620 218 70 79 51 48.1 91.5 149 80 540 121 42.1 720 1496 536 586
2010-11 32 DAL 73 2504 1681 513 190 38 47 66 51.7 89.2 137 50 463 168 39.3 610 1179 395 443
2011-12 33 DAL 62 2078 1342 419 136 42 30 78 45.7 89.6 117 46 373 212 36.8 473 1034 318 355
2012-13 34 DAL 53 1661 917 363 132 38 37 65 47.1 86.0 70 37 326 157 41.4 343 728 166 193
2013-14 35 DAL 80 2628 1735 498 216 73 45 131 49.7 89.9 117 40 458 329 39.8 633 1273 338 376
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Dirk Nowitzki NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 26 78 38.7 57.8 49.0 11.0 8.1 1.4 28.1
2005-06 27 81 38.1 58.9 51.5 10.2 7.1 1.4 27.4
2006-07 28 78 36.2 60.5 52.9 13.1 8.3 1.6 26.9
2007-08 29 77 36.0 58.5 51.0 13.4 8.1 1.7 25.4
2008-09 30 81 37.7 56.4 49.8 8.9 7.1 1.3 25.1
2009-10 31 81 37.5 57.8 49.8 10.3 7.0 1.5 25.2
2010-11 32 DAL 73 34.3 61.2 54.5 11.2 8.1 1.4 23.5
2011-12 33 DAL 62 33.5 56.4 49.5 9.4 8.1 1.2 20.2
2012-13 34 DAL 53 31.3 56.4 51.6 13.0 6.9 1.9 19.0
2013-14 35 DAL 80 32.9 60.3 54.9 12.2 6.6 1.8 22.2
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Dirk Nowitzki 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 4 at SAS 36 22 9 0 2 1 1 8 21 6 7 0 2 2 7 1
May 2 SAS 38 22 5 3 0 0 4 11 20 0 0 0 3 0 5 3
Apr 30 at SAS 39 26 15 1 0 1 3 10 20 6 6 0 2 1 14 3
Apr 28 SAS 37 19 7 2 0 1 2 7 19 5 7 0 3 1 6 5
Apr 26 SAS 39 18 7 3 2 0 3 7 13 4 6 0 0 0 7 4
Apr 23 at SAS 35 16 5 1 2 1 1 7 19 1 1 1 1 0 5 2
Apr 20 at SAS 39 11 8 1 0 2 1 4 14 3 4 0 1 1 7 2
Apr 16 at MEM 46 30 5 2 0 4 2 12 22 3 3 3 9 0 5 1
Apr 12 PHO 39 23 8 3 2 1 4 8 15 4 4 3 6 0 8 2
Apr 10 SAS 34 19 6 1 1 0 0 8 14 3 5 0 0 0 6 1
Apr 8 at UTA 33 21 6 3 0 0 0 9 11 1 1 2 3 0 6 0
Apr 6 at SAC 34 15 1 3 0 1 0 5 17 3 4 2 6 0 1 1
Apr 4 at LAL 34 27 9 5 0 0 2 11 14 4 5 1 2 3 6 1
Apr 3 at LAC 35 26 11 1 2 1 2 10 18 2 2 4 7 0 11 4
Apr 1 GSW 40 33 11 3 2 1 0 13 21 1 3 6 8 1 10 0
Mar 29 SAC 30 19 7 7 0 1 2 5 10 9 10 0 2 0 7 4
Mar 27 LAC 35 21 9 3 0 0 3 7 15 6 10 1 4 1 8 2
Mar 25 OKC 39 32 10 6 4 1 6 11 23 8 8 2 8 1 9 4
Mar 23 BKN 38 10 8 2 0 0 2 2 12 6 6 0 3 0 8 4
Mar 21 DEN 29 21 6 1 2 1 1 9 15 2 3 1 2 0 6 4
Mar 19 MIN 39 27 3 0 0 0 2 11 27 5 6 0 7 0 3 3
Mar 17 BOS 32 19 6 1 0 0 1 6 17 3 3 4 8 0 6 1
Mar 16 at OKC 30 17 4 2 1 0 2 6 12 3 3 2 3 1 3 1
Mar 12 at UTA 33 31 8 0 0 0 2 12 14 3 3 4 4 0 8 1
Mar 11 at GSW 30 12 6 1 1 0 0 4 11 4 4 0 1 0 6 1
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Mar 9 IND 35 14 8 1 2 0 3 3 14 7 7 1 4 1 7 0
Mar 7 POR 34 22 5 6 2 0 1 8 19 6 7 0 2 0 5 2
Mar 5 at DEN 34 27 7 0 0 0 1 13 20 0 0 1 2 0 7 4
Mar 2 at SAS 31 22 7 0 0 1 1 9 17 4 5 0 2 1 6 3
Feb 28 CHI 34 15 5 2 0 1 3 7 18 0 0 1 5 2 3 2
Feb 26 NOP 27 18 5 3 2 0 1 7 13 3 3 1 3 0 5 2
Feb 24 at NYK 32 15 1 3 2 0 1 6 13 3 3 0 5 1 0 2
Feb 22 at DET 31 24 4 1 0 0 1 9 19 4 4 2 7 0 4 4
Feb 21 at PHI 27 25 7 4 0 1 2 9 12 2 2 5 7 1 6 0
Feb 18 MIA 36 22 9 7 1 0 1 7 14 7 7 1 5 2 7 1
Feb 12 at IND 34 18 6 1 2 1 1 7 14 3 4 1 3 2 4 3
Feb 11 at CHA 24 16 4 1 0 0 0 5 9 4 4 2 2 0 4 3
Feb 9 at BOS 32 20 5 4 0 0 1 7 16 4 4 2 6 1 4 0
Feb 7 UTA 26 20 3 1 0 0 0 5 9 8 9 2 3 0 3 2
Feb 5 at MEM 34 26 6 3 2 0 2 10 14 3 4 3 4 0 6 1
Feb 3 CLE 30 23 8 2 0 0 2 9 16 2 2 3 5 0 8 2
Jan 31 SAC 34 34 5 2 2 0 1 11 19 11 11 1 3 0 5 4
Jan 29 HOU 35 38 17 3 0 0 2 13 21 11 11 1 3 4 13 1
Jan 26 DET 32 28 9 4 1 0 1 10 16 5 5 3 5 0 9 3
Jan 24 at BKN 36 18 7 3 0 0 3 5 15 8 9 0 2 3 4 1
Jan 22 at TOR                                
Jan 20 at CLE 35 17 10 1 0 0 0 8 20 1 2 0 5 1 9 2
Jan 18 POR 22 18 3 0 0 1 0 6 17 5 5 1 5 0 3 3
Jan 17 at PHO 35 21 5 2 1 1 1 9 16 1 2 2 6 0 5 0
Jan 15 at LAC 33 27 8 3 0 0 0 8 22 8 8 3 6 0 8 4
Jan 13 ORL 28 15 5 2 0 1 3 4 10 6 6 1 2 0 5 2
Jan 11 NOP 33 40 4 4 2 0 1 10 20 15 16 5 9 0 4 2
Jan 10 at NOP 28 24 4 5 3 2 0 10 19 0 0 4 8 0 4 2
Jan 8 at SAS 27 8 5 2 1 1 1 3 14 2 2 0 2 0 5 2
Jan 7 LAL 31 27 7 4 0 0 2 12 20 3 4 0 3 0 7 0
Jan 5 NYK 34 18 9 1 1 0 1 6 11 5 9 1 2 0 9 0
Jan 3 LAC 33 24 4 4 2 0 1 10 17 0 0 4 5 0 4 0
Jan 1 at WAS 32 9 5 4 1 0 2 3 14 3 3 0 4 1 4 2
Dec 30 at MIN 33 16 5 3 0 0 0 7 17 2 3 0 4 0 5 3
Dec 28 at CHI 31 18 3 5 1 3 3 6 15 2 2 4 4 0 3 4
Dec 26 SAS 36 25 5 2 2 0 1 10 17 4 4 1 2 0 5 4
Dec 23 at HOU 35 31 6 3 1 2 1 11 18 8 9 1 3 0 6 0
Dec 21 at PHO 30 21 6 1 0 1 1 7 17 6 6 1 6 1 5 2
Dec 20 TOR 43 22 9 5 0 0 0 10 22 0 1 2 6 2 7 4
Dec 18 MEM 27 20 6 5 2 1 2 9 15 2 2 0 1 1 5 3
Dec 14 MIL                                
Dec 11 at GSW 35 21 7 2 1 2 2 7 14 4 5 3 6 0 7 2
Dec 9 at SAC 31 18 6 7 2 2 3 7 15 3 3 1 3 0 6 0
Dec 7 at POR 36 30 6 7 0 1 0 13 23 1 1 3 4 1 5 3
Dec 4 at NOP 32 21 7 3 2 4 1 7 17 6 8 1 3 0 7 1
Dec 3 CHA 35 25 3 1 0 1 2 10 21 3 3 2 6 0 3 0
Nov 30 MIN 33 23 5 6 1 0 2 10 13 2 2 1 1 0 5 3
Nov 29 at ATL 31 16 3 1 0 0 1 6 13 3 3 1 1 1 2 4
Nov 27 GSW 33 22 6 3 2 1 0 11 19 0 0 0 2 0 6 1
Nov 25 DEN 31 18 6 2 1 0 2 7 15 4 5 0 1 1 5 1
Nov 23 at DEN 34 27 9 1 0 1 0 9 22 9 9 0 2 0 9 2
Nov 22 UTA 32 18 7 1 1 0 1 5 14 7 7 1 2 1 6 1
Nov 20 HOU 34 35 7 4 1 1 1 13 20 7 7 2 5 1 6 3
Nov 18 PHI 33 20 10 3 1 1 3 8 15 3 3 1 5 0 10 2
Nov 16 at ORL 33 18 4 3 0 0 0 6 12 2 2 4 6 0 4 3
Nov 15 at MIA 36 28 6 3 2 1 5 8 12 9 10 3 5 0 6 3
Nov 12 WAS 32 19 8 2 2 1 1 8 19 1 2 2 5 1 7 3
Nov 9 at MIL 32 16 6 0 1 0 1 5 15 6 6 0 5 0 6 1
Nov 8 at MIN 31 14 3 1 1 1 4 5 11 3 3 1 4 0 3 2
Nov 6 at OKC 34 16 6 3 3 0 4 5 12 4 4 2 4 0 6 2
Nov 5 LAL 28 11 8 4 2 0 1 4 9 2 2 1 3 1 7 1
Nov 2 MEM 32 24 6 1 2 0 2 7 16 7 8 3 4 0 6 3
Nov 1 at HOU 30 22 4 2 0 0 1 6 15 10 11 0 2 2 2 6
Oct 30 ATL 33 24 4 5 0 0 1 8 14 4 4 4 6 0 4 4

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Dirk Nowitzki: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nowitzki (rest) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Pacers, the Star-Telegram reports.

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Nowitzki scored 16 points and collected nine rebounds Friday in a preseason win over Cleveland. He added three steals and two assists.

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Nowitzki returned from a right hip contusion Sunday in Dallas' preseason win over Indiana. He finished with 7-of-11 shots from the field and pulled in five rebounds.

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Nowitzki (hip) went through shootaround Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Pacers, NBA.com's Earl K. Sneed reports.

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Nowitzki (hip) will not play Friday but hopes to play Sunday against the Pacers.

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Nowitzki (hip) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Thunder, NBA.com's Earl K. Sneed reports.

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Nowitzki has a hip contusion and will not play Tuesday against the Rockets, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dwain Price reports.

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Coach Rick Carlisle said Monday that he hopes to slightly reduce Nowitzki's minutes this season. "I'd like to continue to work [Dirk's] minutes gradually down," Carlisle said. "I think we can find a way to get him from 32 minutes to 31 or 29."

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Nowitzki could see a lighter offensive burden this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Nowitzki officially re-signed with the Mavericks for three years and $25 million, ESPN reports.

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Nowitzki agreed to a three-year deal with the Mavs on Thursday that is believed to be worth around $30 million, ESPN reports.

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Nowitzki is expected to sign a new deal with the Mavericks soon after free agency begins, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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2013-14

Nowitzki is coming off an injury-riddled season where he missed 29 games after missing only 15 games over his previous four seasons. The veteran averaged 17.3 points (47 percent from the field), 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 three-pointers made, in arguably his worst season since his rookie year. It was evident that Nowitzki's injured knee took a toll on his performance, resulting in a disappointing fantasy season for those who drafted him early. Now with several months of rest and training during the offseason, Nowitzki could be in for a bounce-back season. The veteran will enter the 2013-14 season at 35 years of age with much to prove after missing the playoffs last season. With newly acquired teammate Monta Ellis at the wing, defensive pressure on Nowtizki may be relieved to a good extent, allowing him to have better opportunities on the offensive end. If his knees can hold up for the entirety of the season, Nowitzki could surprise fantasy owners once again – this time, for the better.

2012-13

Nowitzki and the Mavericks had a slow start to the 2011-12 season, due in part to conditioning and some early-season knee problems. He struggled to find his shooting stroke, particularly from 3-point range, before kicking it into gear for the final three months. He finished the season averaging 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds--below his career averages. His shooting percentages were also bit off, but not deadly to fantasy teams. In a sign that age, or the knee, was bothering him, Nowitzki attempted more three-pointers in 2011-12 than in any of the three previous seasons, while getting to the free-throw line less often. He�s now entering his age-34 season, and we�ve noticed some slippage. If you�re into the PER rating, Nowitzki dropped from ninth overall in 2010-11 to 20th overall after last season. The Mavericks are re-shuffling the deck, leaving Nowitzki to figure out how to mesh within a significant roster turnover for the first time in years. While still an elite producer at power forward, the need for him to remain at that high level may be greater with a new cast in place. How will O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, and Elton Brand fit with Nowitzki? In his last two seasons, Nowitzki was able to reduce his minutes per game with minor drops in scoring and rebounding. With the new crew, will he be asked to play 36 minutes a night? Can he handle such a workload at age 34? However it plays itself out, Nowitzki is still an elite threat and marksman from any spot on the court. Offensively, there�s no weakness in his game. He remains Dallas� unquestioned leader on offense.

2011-12

At 31, Nowitzki doesn’t appear anywhere close to slowing down. The 7-0, 245-pound German put together another stellar season in 2010-11, finishing with averages of 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting a career-best 51.7 percent from the floor and 89.2 percent from the free throw line. His play reached another level come the postseason, as Nowitzki averaged 27.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 treys while leading the Mavericks to their first ever NBA championship. Despite the obvious real-life success Nowitzki displayed last year, his fantasy game has shown some slippage. He hit less than one three pointer per game for the third consecutive season and appears more and more content shooting his trademark step-back jump shot rather than launching from downtown. Nowitzki also saw his defensive stats drop, as his 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocks set or matched career-lows in each category. His rebounding also dropped to the lowest rate since his sophomore season in 1999-00. While continual drops in these categories may push Nowitzki out of the first round of fantasy drafts, he still remains elite enough in scoring, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.

2010-11

In theory, Nowitzki should be slowing down at this point, but we've seen little evidence to support that notion. In the 2009-10 season – Nowitzki's 11th as a professional – he averaged 25 points per game (good for seventh in the league) while shooting an excellent .481 from the floor and a remarkable .915 from the free-throw line. Only Steve Nash was better from the line last season, and Nash took 2.8 freebies per game to Nowitzki's 7.2 attempts. And he's surprisingly durable – Nowitzki played in 81 games last year, and has appeared in at least 76 in every season since 1999-2000. The depth of the Mavericks' roster didn't affect Nowitzki's playing time any; even with Shawn Marion added to the mix, Nowitzki averaged nearly 38 minutes per game – a figure right in line with his 2008-09 number. While his long-range jumper is still an important weapon – he shot .421 from long range last season – he doesn't launch as many threes as in years past. His 51 made threes in 2009-10 were his lowest total since his rookie season, when he played in just 47 games. If there's one area of concern, it's on the glass. Nowitzki averaged a mere 7.7 rebounds per game last season, his lowest average since 1999-2000. But the Mavs aren't too worried about that drop-off – they inked Nowitzki to a fat four-year, $80 million extension this summer.

2009-10

Nowitzki has been remarkably consistent over the past nine seasons, with last year being no exception. His 8.4 rebounds per game were actually his lowest mark over that span, but he made up for it with an uptick in scoring and fantastic 89.0-percent shooting from the free throw line, (seventh-best in the NBA). To put that in better perspective, all six who ranked ahead of him were guards, so his performance from the charity stripe was especially good for someone occupying a power forward slot. Nowitzki has also been incredibly durable, having never missed more than six games in a season over the past 10 years. He doesn’t rely on the three-point shot quite as much as he used to, but Nowitzki has improved his post game, and he doesn’t commit many turnovers either. At age 31 and with 839 career games under his belt, Nowitzki has already peaked, but a sudden decline is unlikely. It remains to be seen how the addition of Shawn Marion will affect him, but with Jason Kidd still around to make sure he gets plenty of open looks, Nowitzki should once again turn in a solid 2009-10 campaign.

2008-09

Nowitzki’s 2006-07 numbers are remarkably similar to those from 2007-08, save for one key category: MVP votes. In 2007 he won the thing. In ’08, he finished eleventh in the balloting. The bad taste left in everyone’s mouth by Dallas’ disappointing play after the Jason Kidd trade and their first-round exit from the playoffs carried over to the balloting, apparently – but not to fantasy owners, who were pleased with another season of mid-twenties scoring, over eight boards, over three assists, and reliably-good percentages from the floor, the line and three. We’re looking for Nowitzki to improve in the coming season – a full training camp spent developing a rapport with J-Kidd should lead to better shots – and, by extension, better percentages and scoring totals, and that sour taste from the 2008 playoffs is something he’ll be eager to wash away with a hot start.

2007-08

Nowitzki is in a rare situation: coming off of a league MVP season, he still has a lot to prove. After leading the Mavericks to the best record in the NBA, Nowitzki had to endure bitter defeat in the first round of the playoffs. One might expect this to help motivate Nowitzki for the upcoming season, but it could actually have the opposite effect on his production. Last season taught him that the regular season is no longer relevant to his championship goals; he could potentially decide to coast a bit this season to ensure that he is strong and fresh for the playoffs – a tactic employed in the past by the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan. Nowitzki’s three point attempts dropped alarmingly last season, to less than one per game despite a career-best 41.6 percent shooting from downtown. Nevertheless, Nowitzki remains one of the better sources of points and rebounds in the NBA, and is coming off career-high marks in both shooting (50.2% FG, 90.4% FT) and assists (3.4). Whether his early exit from the 2006-07 season spurs him onto new heights or causes his to throttle back slightly this year, he should still be one of the first players off the board on draft night.

2006-07

Nowitzki has been fantasy royalty for years, but last season he took his game to the next level by averaging career-highs in points (26.6 ppg), field goal percentage (48%), free throw percentage (90%), and three-point percentage (41%). Nowitzki is one of the most difficult defensive matchups in the league, because at seven-feet tall he can shoot over all small forwards, but his quickness and ball-handling make it impossible for most men his size to guard him on the perimeter. Nowitzki is a good rebounder (9.0 rpg) and also contributes in 3-pointers (1.4 threes per game), assists (2.8 apg), blocks (1.0 bpg), and even steals (.7 spg). Nowitzki also made serious strides in confidence last season, making a serious push for the MVP award and leading the Mavericks to the NBA finals. Look for Nowitzki to make another strong argument for the fantasy MVP award this season.

2005-06

The seven-footer with the great handle and smooth jumper had perhaps his best regular season in 2004-2005, despite some high-profile playoff games in which he shot poorly. Nowitzki shot 40% from three-point range last year, the best mark of his career, and shot 46% overall on the way to averaging 26.1 points per game, fourth in the NBA. He's not afraid to mix it up inside, though, picking up almost 10 rebounds and a block and a half per game. The German goes to the line a lot, ranking fifth in the league in free throw attempts, and he knows what to do once he gets there, making 87%. He doesn't have the assist numbers of Kevin Garnett, averaging just over three per game, and he had a few physical problems last season, missing some time with ankle and knee issues. That said, Nowitzki should definitely go in the top four or five picks in your draft, particularly if he has center eligibility in your league.

2004-05

Dirk the Daring's overall production fell off a bit last season - probably due to the sheer volume of Dallas Mavericks demanding a role in the offense. Problem solved - Antoine Walker, Antawn Jamison and Steve Nash have left the Metroplex, and this is very much Dirk's team. We're not sure this will translate into more wins... but we'd be very surprised if Nowitzki's fantasy value doesn't rebound to 2002 levels, with 25-plus ppg scoring, near double-figures in boards, decent assists, steals, blocks, threes and solid percentages.

2003-04

Make no doubt about it, Nowitzki is one of the better all-around fantasy producers in the NBA. Nowitzki's scoring totals have increased in each of his first five seasons in the league, culminating with a career-high of 25.1 points a game last year. Expect more of the same from Nowitzki. He's a star playing on a very deep and talented team.