Dirk Nowitzki has been lighting up scoreboards across the NBA for nearly two decades, but how much do you really know about the Mavericks' superstar? Here are a few things to know about the NBA's all-time leading foreign-born scorer. 10. He once lied to the German chancellor What do you do when the former leader of your country answers a question you're not prepared for? According to Dirk, just lie. Nowitzki was asked by former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt what he planned to do for money after retiring from basketball, and Nowitzki had to come up with something fast. "Yeah, I was so surprised, obviously I was nervous talking to one of the ex-chancellors, so when he hit me with that one he
What they're saying about him: Scout's view: He can destroy defenders in the open court and when going against them on isolation plays. He's got a big, strong frame that should serve him well in the NBA. And he's good in the pick-and-roll. SportsDay's Eddie Sefko: Similar to Markelle Fultz, he was a really good player on a pretty bad team. This sometimes can be a concern, but Smith proved he has NBA skills and he's got that Raymond Felton/Kyle Lowry sort of build that can take the beating that NBA point guards are subjected to in the pick and roll. This guy has a legitimate shot at being there when the Mavericks pick. They could do worse. DraftExpress: Fifteen months removed from tearing his
Harrison Barnes exceeded expectations in his first season in Dallas because the Mavs turned him into a full-time small-ball power forward, taking advantage of his ability to defend much bigger players and then attack them off the dribble on the other end of the floor. Moving him back to small forward would negate those strengths, and the addition of Nerlens Noel at the deadline means the Mavs don't need a center, either. Dallas has too many holes to spend a lottery pick on a player who doesn't have a clear path to the starting lineup. In his analysis of the Mavericks' most likely choices with the No. 9 overall pick, SportsDay's Eddie Sefko sees the Belgian-born, French-schooled Frank Ntilikina headed to Dallas.