Dirk Nowitzki has been an All Star for the Western Conference for 10 consecutive seasons, and he’s ok with that streak coming to an end this season.
“Averaging whatever, 15, 16 points, I don’t think you should be an All-Star,” Nowitzki said. “But we’ll just have to wait and see. I think there is a lot of great young talent in this league that deserves to go. I think LaMarcus Aldridge has been stiff the last couple of years. He’s a great young player, fun to watch. You know Blake and Love are playing great. There is a lot of talent at my position.”
The only players with longer active streaks then Dirk Nowitzki is Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan. San Antonio’s power forward, Duncan, is in jeopardy of having his streak end too. He plays the same position as Dirk and the Western Conference is flooded with talent at Power Forward.
Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Paul Millsap, Lamarcus Aldridge are all exceptional young power forwards in the Western Conference. This year we could see a changing of the guard as Dirk struggles to find his stroke after an elongated season last year, and the summer with the German national team.
Dirk Nowitzki always having been a team first player is just fine with that streak coming to an end.
“To me, it’s more about getting right again and getting my body back in rhythm and getting used to all the grinding and running and jumping again,” said Nowitzki. “I think that’s more important to me than an All-Star appearance at this point. Ultimately, (we want) to make a push after the All-Star break. That’s ultimately where my head is at here.”
Another streak that could come to an end if Dirk doesn’t solve his offensive woes? His streak of 11 All-NBA teams. But I’m sure Dirk would be ok with that too if the Mavericks won another ring.