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You knew it was coming.
Of course Dirk is atop this list. Everything on this team starts and stops with him, and why shouldn't it? The guy is hovering around 50/40/90 shooting numbers while putting up 21.4 points and 6.1 boards per game.
All of this at 35 years old. That's the NBA equivalent of a senior citizen.
But hey, no matter. He obviously didn't care that Charles Barkley thought he was washed up or that 2012-13 was the worst statistical season of his career. Nope, he managed to put all that behind him and have one of his best offensive seasons in his mid-30s.
If that's not some sign of greatness, I don't know what is.
Unfortunately it's not all roses. Dirk has been in a bit of a shooting slump lately, shooting 43.9 percent in his last 10 games. That's not awful, but it's unlike the shooter we have come to know and love.
Then, of course, we have to address the defense and rebounding. Dirk has never been confused with a defensive wizard, especially not in his later years. His rebounding numbers have steadily declined, something the team has had to adjust for.
But when it comes down to it, Nowitzki is the team. In his blog entry this summer, Cuban cited Dirk as the one of the main reasons for Dallas' incredible culture. Nowitzki is the living legend of the Mavericks franchise, and he's not ready to ride off into the sunset just yet.
His game was never predicated on athleticism, and so it has served him well as age has started to set in. He's still an offensive maestro, getting to his spots and unleashing his quirky arsenal of fadeaways and pump fakes. And his ability to still consistently knock down jumpers has opened the lane for his teammates, namely Monta Ellis.
Dirk is the team's best player, hands down. No minor shooting slump will knock him down these rankings, and you can bet he'll turn it up a notch for the playoff push. It could be his last go at it while he has still the mojo. It's just tough to tell how many years he has left at this level.
I, for one, am just enjoying the ride. I encourage you to enjoy it as well.
All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are from Basketball-Reference.com.