May 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts against the San Antonio Spurs in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki agrees with All-NBA teams, is unfazed by absence

When the NBA announced their All-NBA teams earlier today, a familiar face was missing from the crop of 15 players: Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, but according to the power forward himself, he deservingly wasn’t on the list.

From ESPN Dallas:

DALLAS — For the second consecutive season, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was not named to the All-NBA team, but he took the result in stride.

“For me, I had a good bounce back year, but I agree [with the announcement],” Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas. “Obviously, I’m not in the cream of the crop anymore. I think that’s no surprise. I’ll still try to be efficient going forward.”

Forwards Kevin Durant and LeBron James (first team), Blake Griffin and Kevin Love (second team) and Paul George and LaMarcus Aldridge (third team) were honored by the league on Wednesday.

This was the first time since the 1999-2000 season that Nowitzki hasnt been named to an All-NBA team. In that 12 year time span, Dirk has landed on All-NBA first team four times (04-05, 05-06, 06-07, 08-09), All-NBA second time five times (01-02, 02-03, 07-08, 09-10, 10-11), and All-NBA third team three times (00-01, 03-04, 11-12). Nowitzki’s 12 All-NBA selection place him in rare air as only Shaquille O’Neal (14), Tim Duncan (14), Karl Malone (14), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (15), and Kobe Bryant (15) have more All-NBA placements than the 2012 NBA Finals MVP.

Of all the forwards named to All-NBA this season, it’s hard to make a case that Nowitzki was better than all, but LaMarcus Aldridge, but the narrative that Aldridge was vastly better this year than he had been in his career along with team success is likely the reason why Aldridge was awarded the spot over Dirk.

Bouncing back from a down season that was filled with nagging injuries, Dirk Nowitzki bounced back in a way many didn’t think he couldn’t. In 80 games played, the 15 year veteran averaged 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game while shooting the lights out from the field. Nowitzki just missed the cut for a rare 50-40-90 season, shooting a field-goal percentage of .497, a three-point percentage of .398, and a free-throw percentage of .899.

Nowitzki is facing the typical slow down because of Father Time’s affect on NBA players, but if last season showed us anything, Dirk will be a force to reckon with next season and possibly several after.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    These awards do not mean crap, its a lot of bias, personal agedas and people who do not watch the games…. Why else would Lebron NOT be a unamimous decision decision for NBA first team, makes perfect sense ythe best place doesn’t have the most votes. that why people need to watch the games and ignore this stuff

    This is not popular, but i would remove Durant from my first team in place of Kevin Love, Durant is weak overall defender , he needs a lot of shots to be
    effective, Kevin is a great shooter, a monster on the boards,
    can post and defend and do not need a lot of shots to score… I would
    also remove Harden in place of Curry , if you are going to be weak
    defensively at the two guard, you might as well put the best shooter in
    the game in that spot

    F – LeBron James
    F – Kevin Durant Kevin Love
    C – Joakim Noah
    SG- James Harden S. Curry
    PG- Chris Paul