Sports Illustrated has been unveiling its annual Top 100 NBA Players list throughout the week. Three Mavs have already appeared on the list: Wes Matthews (99), Deron Williams (83), and Chandler Parsons (66).
Today was the day Dirk Nowitzki made his appearance, this season earning the No. 28 spot on the list. He’s been a mainstay on the list since its inception, as has been the case with practically every other player ranking in the NBA. After all, last season he averaged 17.3 points per game and made his 13th All-Star team. Here’s what SI’s Rob Mahoney had to say about the Big German:
“Nowitzki’s revised role strikes a compromise between go-to scorer and irresistible decoy that makes perfect sense in pacing out a long season,” Mahoney wrote. “Defenders still trip over themselves in fear of leaving Nowitzki open. They still lunge desperately to contest his jumper to no avail.”
Here’s today’s list, which revealed players 30-11. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the players Nowitzki is ranked above.