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Dirk Nowitzki is an absolute workhorse, and upon retirement, his impact on the game will not be overlooked.
Nowitzki has posted a career stat line of 22.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and one block per game. He is as dangerous a scorer as there is, and has rendered it acceptable for seven-footers to shoot from the outside.
In addition to his 11 All-Star selections, Nowitzki is the recipient of a league MVP, a finals MVP, a championship ring and an ever growing list of All-NBA honors.
There are few players in the history of the game who have proven to be as tough as Nowitzki. After nearly a decade-and-a-half, he continues to shoulder the burden of an entire team on his own.
And as we witnessed last season in the NBA Finals, it's a career-long reality he embraces, and one that will land him in the Hall of Fame.