Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  37 responses

Mark Cuban Says Dirk Nowitzki Can Still Be an MVP Candidate

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is hoping against all hope that veteran superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki can somehow re-gain his MVP form next season. Per ESPN: “If there’s one missing piece between what everyone is saying and what we’re doing, everybody, I think, has dismissed Dirk — like Dirk is done and he’s on the downside and he can’t play anymore and he’s not the type of contributor that he was,’ Cuban said. ‘If you look at the mess that we had in terms of our guard play and basketball IQ, when Dirk came back and really got into gear, we beat a lot of good teams. I think we were at a 48- or 50-win clip. You put a much better set of players around him, and Dirk is in a situation where he doesn’t have to rush back. He’s had all summer to prepare his body and get ready.’ Nowitzki averaged 17.3 points per game last season — his lowest since his rookie season in 1998-99 — and the Mavericks failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000. But Cuban went as far as to say that Nowitzki still is an MVP-caliber player. ‘Knock on wood, if we stay healthy, I think people are just missing Dirk in ways they shouldn’t,’ Cuban said. ‘Like I’ve been telling him, Karl Malone won an MVP at 35 and there’s no reason why he can’t be considered in an MVP conversation at 35. I can also tell you, the way people are just randomly dismissing him as being done has been incredible motivation for him as well.’ The 7-foot Nowitzki, who never had missed more than nine games in a season before last season, averaged 18.9 points and 7.7 rebounds after the All-Star break, shooting 50.5 percent from the floor and 43.3 percent from 3-point range during that stretch. The Mavs went 18-12 after the break, which projects to a 49-win pace for a full season. Nowitzki, the 2006-07 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP, has averaged 22.6 points per game during his 15-year career. [...] Nowitzki is entering the final season of a four-year, $80 million contract, but he has committed to re-sign with the Mavs next summer at a drastically reduced salary. After missing out on Dwight Howard this summer, the Mavs will continue trying to acquire a superstar to complement Nowitzki, with Calderon and high-scoring free-agent addition Monta Ellis headlining the supporting cast. Cuban is adamant, however, that Nowitzki remains a superstar. ‘Maybe Dirk won’t win an MVP,’ Cuban said. ‘But trust me, Dirk can still play.’”

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  • JML-G

    no he cant

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, before Mark Cuban blew up the team, Nowitski would have been a perennial MVP candidate. But now, not so much.

  • playa

    ….And then Mitch Kupchak comes out of NOWHERE and say- you should just amnesty the german Mark,you’re not contending for anything,after all IT’S BUSINESS right??

  • spit hot fiyah

    ok cuban

  • LLC#12

    The Mavs would have to win close to 60 for Dirks name to even enter the conversation. And everyone knows that’s not happening. Dirks one of the most unique and consistent offensive talents in recent memory, its sad watching his talents being wasted for another season

  • danpowers

    maybe he could be in the debate, on a team that would let him look good. which the mavs are certainly not

  • bike

    Not a prayer while LeBron and Durant are in their prime.

  • RR

    Cuban shut up..

  • Dagger

    Before Cuban blew up the team Nowitzki WAS a perennial MVP candidate.

  • shockexchange

    Et tu Dagger … Et tu?

  • Dagger
  • Max

    Is Mark Cuban the most delusional person ever?

  • Saleem Rainman

    He’ll be right bak to his normal self, i mean if u watched the Mavs down the wire last year, u;d see, the mavs were back to playing above .500 ball once Dirk got it going, and he played very well after seemingly fully recovering from that surgery.

  • LakeShow

    Sadly, no.

  • LakeShow

    Even IF he gets to 20-10 he’s not going to be top 3.

  • Saleem Rainman

    whether that means MVP or not i doubt it, but i expect 20 + with 7 + boards fromh im as usual… if not more

  • Max

    Owner maybe?

  • Drop duh hate

    Lol. Bruh ShockExchange that dude. “ET tu dagger” y’all may have missed the clever play on dagger instead of Brutus but I’ll let ya’ll slide with that 1….

    1) even though 98/100 times the Heat would’ve smashed the mavs, I agree with shock that if cubes would have kept the squad then dirk would have been top 3 from the beginning of the year and if he did moderately well for superstar maybe steal it away from Bron.

    2) I’ll give credit where credit is due to the mavs…but every1 knows that the reason they won is b/c Bron (even though at the time was breasting the playoffs and had been best player in L for years) choked/collapsed. You could say what you want about Mavs zone what not but there was absolutely a lack of aggression on Brons end. We all been lazy in a game or pickup and just drift so we all know when a player just chillin and we know when we attack and dominate in our pick up so we can see other players in league do it.

    3) shock for real though…gi,,e your top 5 all time. Mine be like 1) Mike 1) Bron 3-5 shaq kareem bird eally depends on how I’m feelin….6-10 magic wilt Hakeem Duncan Kobe (Kobe at 10th)

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  • Brad09′

    Cuban has been downhill since his championship. His signings due to his measurement analytics has been terrible. It dosent really seem like anyone wants to play for the dude. And then he comes out with these desperate comments, nice cubs.

  • LLC#12

    That was my favourite Shockism yet, good work.

  • The Seed

    Dirk is going nowhere, I said this when they won the ring. He had one great astounding year, but the team was led by Tyson defense, JJ slashing abliity and Terry’s clutch shots. Mark needs to trade Dirk for some young pieces quick or he will be stuck with him.

  • NFL

    How is that his only great astounding year? What about the year he one MVP?

  • Armando

    Yeah right. Dirk was just along for the ride. SMH

  • Armando

    Tired of hearing this. It’s really simple; one cannot say that LeBron “really was best, he just choked”. Whether or not he choked what’s the point? I’m just a casual fan and not competent to answer all the intricate Q’s, but if he did… well, then he wasn’t good enough at the only thing that really matters in basketball at that time, and then what difference does it make how dominant he was at time during the regular season, or how gaudy his stats were?…Plain and simple he wasn’t good enough when it mattered (the reason for him being not good enough is really irrelevant) – and thus not good enough at the only meaningful thing, Dirk was though. (whether or not it was because James choked or it was because of the Mavs D, or because of Dirk’s (proven!?) ability to step up in big games is irrelevant, )… What does it mean being the best? What is the main objective of NBA teams? (to average awsome stats? To make hilight reel plays? … to a certain extent, yes (generate viewers, a fan base, money),,, but when it’s all said and done, isn’t it winning the whole thing?….

  • grgeblck

    Lake Show has someone else in mind as most delusional?

  • grgeblck

    Cuban needs to know, even Tim Duncan needed teammates to win championships.

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    What does it mean being the best? What is the main objective of NBA
    teams? (to average awsome stats? To make hilight reel plays? … to a
    certain extent, yes (generate viewers, a fan base, money),,, but when
    it’s all said and done, isn’t it winning the whole thing?….

  • Evan Boland

    Don’t even bother responding to that lol

  • Shooting Guard

    in which league?

  • shockexchange

    SE really doesn’t have a top 5 all time. He suggests breaking the list into eras. For instance, Oscar, Wilt, Russell, Jerry West, etc. would be in a separate era. In the modern era, there’s MJ and then everyone else. Kareem and Shaq would be in the top 5. Magic 4A, Bird 4B and then Moses probably. People forget just how dominant Moses was. He was a one man gang when he led Houston to the finals and won one with Philly in “fo, fo, fo.”

  • Basketball Coach

    there you go again Cuban with your unstoppable blabs.


  • Interdico Scriptor

    Cuban… epitome of a rich freak with zero loyalty and zero credibility… no wonder no-one will go to play with him, and those that do, even after winning championships, split ASAP. Texas’ weirdest Tycoon in sports…and that’s saying something!

  • Interdico Scriptor

    who Lake??? nbk??? (joking)

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Dirk is going no-where traded… or Dirk is going no-where skills wise? Because he may well end up somewhere else, and he may well still be v competitive!

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Here’s most delusional ever!!!!

  • Interdico Scriptor

    It’s @Shockexchange… right??