Now in his 20th NBA season, 39-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is clearly on the tail end of his career.
Averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 25.0 minutes per game, the future Hall of Famer has performed well below his career averages of 21.5 points and 7.8 boards per contest.
But, he's been efficient during his abbreviated time on the court. In fact, he has knocked down 41.6 percent of his three-point shots, which is his highest mark since the 2009-2010 season, albeit with a smaller sample size.
In a recent interview, Nowitzki made a surprising statement.
“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki said. “I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels. But so far, it’s been fine.”
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