Dirk Nowitzki. Indeed he is the man of the game every single time. Since the beginning of his career, in the play-offs, his average point-per-game was always over 20. This means that he was always the one under the hoop, holding the team together as an infrastructure of the team. This year, his recognition was different. It seemed as if people were starting to notice him now, as he advanced into becoming the Top Player of each games. As seen recently in the play-offs, the notorious Los Angelas Lakers have lost utterly (4-0) to Dallas Mavericks. Although Kobe, Gasol, Arthur were all there, people pondered “Why couldn’t they win even a single game against the MAVS?”. The answer is simple; It was because of Dirk Nowitzki.
I believe that Dirk Nowitzki was the most CONSISTANT player during 2011 NBA season. If we take a look at his free throw percentage, Dirk Nowitzki is ranked 7th in the League with a 89.2%. As a 7 footer, this is very outstanding. It is very challenging for a center to be this consistant with his free-throws; Dirk is probably the best shooting 7 footer in NBA history. As we look at the shots he made, the shot attempts, and his court vision, he could be picked for one of the top 10 NBA centers in history. One of his highest Points scored was agains Houston, where he scored 53 points single handedly. As a tall center to be this consistant with his jump shots and pull-ups, one needs vigorous training.
When looking at such consistant player, I began to ponder ‘what made him to become such player?’. Than, I started to see Lebron and his eagerness to win the tournament. As most people know, Lebron gave up his popularity for his own desire. It reminds me of Macbeth HAHA. However, Dirk could’ve accepted numerous offers that were very enticing, but he rejected all of them because of his ties to Dallas Mavericks. I sincerely revere such players because sports isn’t all about winning. It is about the happiness and one’s team; not about their own ambitions.
One of Dirk’s favorite move is the fade-away Pull-up. However, I frankly think that these shots are almost impossible to make, when another player is guarding you. However, Dirk does it so well that it looks like it’s not going it, but he always knocks it down. The shots he take cause the audience to gasp, and when it goes in, that moment seems abstract. It looks as if the basketball is attached to the hoop on a string (because ridiculous shots go in). I hope is is voted for the MVP in Mavericks, and win the NBA championship.