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Photo by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 109

Dirk Nowitzki was supposed to weather the storm that was the ’06-07 Golden State Warriors. Instead, that year’s MVP saw his season washed away by the 8-seed, and the Mavs haven’t been as dominant since. Dirk’s still standing as tall as ever, though, trying to help the Mavs emerge in a seemingly eternally cluttered Western Conference.—Adam Fleischer