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NBA Barometer: Dirk Revitalized

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for Rotowire.com. He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

Dirk Revitalized

Very quietly, Dirk Nowitzki has returned to elite form over the past month.

Throughout his prime, Nowitzki was consistently a top-10 fantasy option and was very rarely available outside of the first round. But after a disappointing 2012-13 campaign, in which Nowitzki had his least productive season since his rookie year, many thought he was starting to hit the downside of his career.

Heading into his age-35 season, most outlooks weren't too rosy. Instead of bouncing back to his first-round form of years past, Nowitzki was projected to post similar numbers to his down 2012-13 campaign. While those numbers would still provide plenty of value, most owners had to live with the fact that the aging superstar would be more of a second- or third-round value moving forward.

Instead of continuing his decline, Nowitzki has bounced back to be a top-10 value this season. And he's been even better over the past month. In 13 con

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