33 year-old Dirk Nowitzki, still basking in the glory of newly-minted titles like NBA champion and Finals MVP, opened the 2011-2012 season out of shape. The impending consequence was the worst campaign of his professional career: Nowitzki appeared in just 53 games, registered his lowest player efficiency rating since 2000, and failed to lead Dallas to a playoff birth for the first time in 12 years.
Watch Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Mavericks sing some classic hits.
Arguments about the best power forward in the NBA abound, but they all come with a caveat. Should that caveat exist, though?
No team relies on the corner three like the Wizards. And for one play, Trevor Ariza used that tendency to trick the Mavs into giving up an easy layup.