Many MFFLs around Dallas are getting ready for the weekend, and oftentimes that means considering getting a quick trim, or perhaps a totally new hairstyle altogether. Oftentimes that has little to no impact on any other area of life other than your appearance, but for perhaps the most famous Dallasite, did it actually affect job performance?
You might not think his hair had any effect on his game, but one ambitious Redditor, user lipstickpizza, took it upon him/herself to do an incredible amount of digging and analysis in search of the answer to that all-important question: Is the Hall-of-Famer’s hair the key to his success?
As it turns out, it kind of is… Or, at least, that’s what lipstickpizza found out. Citing stats starting from his rookie season all the way through the moment he raised the Larry O’Brien Trophy, lipstickpizza concluded Nowitzki “generally performed better with longer hair.”
Here’s one sample of evidence from the user’s study:
The proof is literally in the pudding. During the 2006-07 season, at least, the NBA MVP had quite the coif. Not so coincidentally, he also joined the 50/40/90 club and led the Mavericks to 67 wins, their most in a season in franchise history.
And here’s another entry:
Those three things, by the way, were the Larry O, the Finals MVP, and, of course, his locks.
Folks, I don’t know how to argue with these numbers. Although Nowitzki has generally kept his hair shorter these past few seasons, and he’s still had some terrific individual campaigns, it’s difficult to argue with the simple truth: The Big German has been better with big hair. (Of course, his early- and mid-career success could also have had to do with the fact that he was in his physical prime and still to this day remains one of the greatest individual offensive forces the league has ever seen, regardless of position. BUT STILL.)
Props to lipstickpizza for putting in the work. Click here to read the full study, as well as what has become a pretty extensive conversation in the comments section. Nowitzki’s ever-changing hair will obviously not be the No. 6 all-time scorer’s longest-lasting legacy, but it could be a barbershop topic for many years to come.