Few people consider the Dallas Mavericks a legitimate contender for the upcoming NBA season, but owner Mark Cuban says you should not count out his team. Specifically, he believes that many people are wrongly writing off franchise player Dirk Nowitzki, whom Cuban says can still be an MVP candidate.
Though Dirk was one of the top players in the NBA for over a decade, he had a dropoff last year after returning from arthroscopic knee surgery. He averaged 17.3 points and 31.3 minutes per game last season, which were both the lowest totals since his rookie season. Still, keep in mind that a big reason for the dropoff was his return from knee surgery. At least that’s what Cuban wants you to remember.
“If there’s one missing piece between what everyone is saying and what we’re doing, everybody, I think, has dismissed Dirk — like Dirk is done and he’s on the downside and he can’t play anymore and he’s not the type of contributor that he was,” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Galloway and Company, per ESPN Dallas.
Cuban then made a pretty convincing case that Nowitzki still has it.