Dirk Nowitzki

Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 245
College: None
Birth Place: Wurzburg, West Germany
Draft: 1998 1st round (9th pick) by the
  • Dirk Nowitzki scored three points Sunday, going 1 of 4 from the field, as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the Sacramento Kings 120-113. Nowitzki pulled down four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 8:22 of playing time.
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  • Dirk Nowitzki shot 1-of-4 for three points vs. the Kings on Sunday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.
    Advice: Dirk played eight minutes after getting six minutes in his season debut on Thursday. He was again limited to first-half action and the Mavs will be extremely cautious ramping up his workload. Even when his conditioning his back and he's playing without explicit medical restrictions, Nowitzki would be lucky to approach last season's 24.7 minutes per game.
  • Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is probable to play Sunday against the Kings.
    Advice: The Mavs aren't on a back-to-back set, so Nowitzki should be good to go for his second game of the season. He saw just six minutes off the bench in his season debut on Thursday, so it's obvious the Mavs will bring him along very slowly. He's not a great guy to roster at the moment.
  • Dirk Nowitzki made his season debut on Thursday, scoring two points wit one rebound in six minutes against the Suns.
    Advice: He only played in the first half with a pre-determined restriction. Nowitzki set the record for most seasons with one franchise, but he likely won't be making a huge impact for the next couple weeks. Nowitzki may not even play in back-to-back sets at all, so he may be a tough fantasy asset to hold until proven otherwise.
  • Dirk Nowitzki scored two points Thursday on 1-of-2 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks fell to the Phoenix Suns 99-89. Nowitzki grabbed one rebound and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -1 in his 6:10 of playing time.
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  • Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) plans to make his season debut in Thursday's road game against the Suns, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.
    Advice: The target date for Dirk has changed a few times, but it sounds like he's finally going to make it out there after some setbacks. Before Wednesday's game, coach Rick Carlisle said Dirk is "getting closer" to a return, but the 40-year-old Hall of Fame big man is likely going to have a minutes cap upon his return. He's not the strongest add in standard leagues because he'll likely have minutes restrictions for a while.
  • Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will have a minutes limit in his season debut against the Suns on Thursday.
    Advice: The 40-year-old Hall of Fame forward will likely have a minutes limit for a while after some setbacks in his recovery. Nowitzki returning could cut into minutes for Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell, so owners in deeper leagues may want to see how the rotation changes there.
  • Nowitzki is set to make his season debut when the Mavericks visit Phoenix on Thursday. It will be the 40-year-old's first appearance since April after undergoing offseason ankle surgery.
    Advice: Nowitzki probably won't be fantasy-relevant right off the bat, and perhaps not at all this season due to his age and recent injury history. The franchise icon averaged 12 points and 24.7 minutes per game in his 20th season with the Mavs in 2017-18, numbers the team hopes he can duplicate as it pushes for a playoff spot.
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  • Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Hawks.
    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle said Dirk is "getting closer" to a return. The Mavs are on a back-to-back set, but it's somewhat surprising he won't be playing at home compared to being in Phoenix on Thursday night. This ESPN report adds that the Mavs are shooting for Thursday or at home on Sunday, so Dirk should be back soon. He's a decent stash in standard leagues, but he's certainly going to get maintenance days off.
  • Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
    Advice: This is the first time this season that Nowitzki is being hit with the questionable tag, and it was reported last week that he was targeting a return on this current homestand, so maybe he'll be able to make his season debut tomorrow night. He's likely going to be brought along slowly, and generally speaking, we wouldn't expect much from him in his age-40 season; so this is a wait-and-see situation in most settings.