In the mid-70’s, a television show came out that had a very popular theme song. The show was called “The Jeffersons,” and the theme song was “Movin’ on Up.” For the first two months of the season, Dirk Nowitzki has been singing this song, as he keeps putting points on the board.
Coming into the season, Nowitzki was 17th on the all-time NBA scoring list. The Dallas Mavericks‘ All-Star now finds himself in the 13th position. Nowitzki already passed Jerry West, Reggie Miller and Kevin Garnett, and his latest accomplishment was passing Hall-of-Famer Alex English.
Coming into the game against the Houston Rockets, Nowitzki trailed English by 13 points. It didn’t take long for him, either; at halftime, he had scored 13 points already. Just to make sure though, he poured in 31 points, as Dallas defeated Houston 111-104.
There has always been a question about Nowitzki among NBA fans in regards to his toughness; people have even questioned his place in NBA history. Make no bones about it, Nowitzki is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and will go down as one of, if not the best, pure shooter in the game of basketball.
It’s sad that people label him based on defensive ability. He’s not the greatest defender in the world, and he’ll be the first to admit it. However, people fail to recognize that for the first part of his career, he played on teams that didn’t stress defense much. Don Nelson had his team running and gunning; his philosophy was outscore the opponents to win. Nowitzki thrived in this system because of his ability to score.
In 2011, however, the world watched as he was the best player on the court at all times during the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Tyson Chandler‘s tenacity on defense is the reason the Mavs got to the Finals, but Nowitzki’s play on offense is the reason they won the title. It’s quite possible that Nowitzki is the best athlete to ever play in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and he will go down as one of the best forwards in NBA history.