Dirk Nowitzki's offense: more moves coming
Veteran Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, while still a fantastic player, is getting up there in age, and it's always smart for players to prepare for a future where they aren't quite as quick as they used to be. Dirk scored 21.7 points per game last season on fantastic 49.7% shooting, so he's still legendary at ripping the net. Still, he's looking to expand his offense a bit. Here's Mavs.com reporting on Nowitzki's offense:
“I want to expand a little bit on the block,” Nowitzki said last week while the Mavs kicked off the start of their training camp. “There might be some situations where I have to shoot it, but I don’t want to rely on the fadeaway all the time. Sometimes you have to go middle and make a strong move there or get fouled or swing a little hook, I think. You know, I’ve just got to mix it up a little more than just a right-shoulder fadeaway all the time.”
Connecting on 49.7 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from three-point range and 89.9 percent at the free-throw line in ’13-14, Nowitzki finished just shy of another 50-40-90 season. Still, he feels like he can be even more efficient this season while playing alongside a retooled supporting cast thanks to the Mavs’ additions of 25-year-old budding star Chandler Parsons and defensive catalyst Tyson Chandler.
But, after relying heavily on his patented one-legged fadeaway throughout his career, what can the 7-footer add to his game to help the Mavericks see more success following a first-round playoff exit last season? How about the signature move of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer?
“Well, you know, the skyhook is still a work in progress,” Nowitzki chuckled while also tipping his cap to Abdul-Jabbar. “I might keep that for Year 18 and still work on it. But you always try to be a little more efficient, so we’re working on the release and stuff, but I’m not really sure if that makes such a big difference.”