Originally Posted by angryllama
Dirk was drafted in 1998. Dallas has made the playoffs every year since his second season. Dallas has been eliminated in rd.1 once, rd.2 3 times, and the Conference Finals once (Dirk got injured in game 3). Dallas has never lost a series to a lower seeded team.
Im sure that Minnesota fans would love to claim that about Garnett. I'm sure that Houston fans would love to claim that about McGrady. Same goes for Cleveland fans (James), Miami fans (Wade), Philly fans (Iverson), Boston fans (Pierce), etc.
Yep. Garnett sucked in his prime.
Dirk exceeded his regular season averages against PHX, averaging 27 points and 11.5 rebounds against Phoenix. Check your facts. Dallas lost that series when Terry allowed Nash a wide open three in game 6. Dirk played great in that series...even winning game 2 on a last second shot to beat PHX in PHX.
A conclusion based on poor research and inadequate information. You are one of the most consistently undereducated posters on the board.
What in the hell does Kevin Garnett have to do with Dirk's dismal playoff record? Dirk has had every opportunity to elevate his game to another level in the playoffs and guide his veteran laden teams to ATLEAST the NBA finals yet has fallen miserably short every year. Even when he played with the league MVP at point guard he got ousted in the first round.
I don't argue that Dirk Nowitzki is solid NBA player. His stats and ability to lead his team deep into the playoffs warrant his place among the second tier of superstars in this league.
Look at these numbers and tell me who should be the MVP:
1) 35.4 pts 5.3. rebs 4.5 assts 1.85 steals
2) 31.4 pts 7.0 rebs 6.6 assts 1.56 steals
3) 26.6 pts 9.0 rebs 2.8 assts 0.72 steals
Which statline does not belong among the three? If you guessed statline three you are correct. He is not in the same class of players as a Kobe Bryant or Lebron James. Not this year, not ever.
If you took Dirk off the Dallas Mavericks they would still win 50 games with the amount of frontline talent that is present on that team. You take Kobe or Lebron of their respective teams and they don't even make the playoffs.
You act as if it is some grave travesty that Dirk will not win the MVP this year when his stats are well below the other MVP candidates. Get over it. He is a solid player but not the MVP. Move on with your life.