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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at 3:45 pm  |  16 responses

Mark Cuban Expects Dirk Nowitzki to Remain Elite at Least Three More Years


The fact that Dirk Nowitzki will turn 35 this June shouldn’t worry Dallas Mavericks fans. Or so says Mark Cuban. The owner expects Dirk to play at or near All-Star level for at least three more seasons (Nowitzki, meanwhile, just hopes he can stay healthy and consistent.) Per ESPN: “Since his 11-year streak of All-Star appearances was snapped, Nowitzki has averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range. ‘What we’re seeing now with Dirk is what we can expect to see next year and the year after, if he stays healthy,’ Cuban said. ‘And the year after that.’ Three more years of All-Star caliber play from a power forward who turns 35 this summer? ‘At least,’ Cuban said. Nowitzki wasn’t so quick to predict the same. ‘I’m not sure about all that,’ said Nowitzki, a 15-year veteran who is averaging the fewest points (16.4) since his rookie year after missing the first 27 games of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. ‘We’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully I can finish this season strong and have a good summer like I basically did last year with a lot of lifting and running and hopefully not have a setback with a surgery. We’ll see how consistent I can be again next season.’ It’s only been a couple of months since Nowitzki was wondering whether he wanted to keep playing after his contract expires next summer. He recently declared that he’d stick around through at least the 2015-16 season, but Nowitzki openly discussed making a transition from go-to guy to a role player in the years to come. But Cuban can’t see Nowitzki as a role player, not even if the Mavs succeed in their year-old mission to acquire a legitimate star to pair with him, if not remove the burden of the franchise from the future Hall of Famer’s shoulders. Not for the next few years, at least.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    16 a game is not elite

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    In what shape and form is 18/9 considered elite?

  • spit hot fiyah

    and that’s only since the all-star break if i understood it correctly since he is averaging 16,4 on the year

  • playa

    Umm….NO

  • LakeShow

    He has the skill set… Don’t know about the rest.

  • Nigel

    Paul George is considered elite, and he averages 17 and 7. A small forward, yes….but Dirk plays far from the basket as well. That being said, 18 and 9 is not elite for Dirk’s standard.

  • Lloyd

    He’s not elite now and his body isn’t going to let him even play at the level he’s playing. He definitely needs to transition towards being a role player. Timmy D knows he’s not the go too guy and he’s still producing at high levels. Cuban needs to let Dirk do the same.

  • roscoe

    this is classic ssmedium… the true wheeler and dealer… hat’s off to him.

    he is increasing the trade value of dirk.

    dirk is getting dealt this summer, print it.

  • The Seed

    He has not been elite since, Jason Terry, JJ and Tyson won him a ring.

  • Chukaz

    That 2011 titles was Dirks last stand. The next year he showed up over weight and with that ship off his shoulder. Some people win a title and do everything they can to keep it, Dirk was happy to get that part of his life over with. Kobe’s the hungriest player in the L despite his 5 titles and 7 finals appearances. LeBron’s been to the finals 3 times, won 1 title and he’s elevated his game to another level. Dirk’s days as an elite player ended by the summer of 2011.

  • MightyMouse

    False.

  • MightyMouse

    True.

  • Ugh

    Them’s some mighty broad shoulders to fit a whole ship on them.

  • Ugh

    Yeah, did you actually watch him single-handedly dismembering every team on the way the ring?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Since Roy Hibbert became an All Star with 12 and 8 lol smh pathetic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Elite is when opposing coaches make adjustments in game because you’re whooping their ass or he’s worried that you’re gonna whoop their asses, so yeah, Dirk, Timmy, Mamba and KG are still elite.

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