Dirk Nowitzki: Where Does He Rank with the Greatest Ever?

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Dirk Nowitzki:  Where Does He Rank with the Greatest Ever?
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Lately, much has been said about the man who's led his team to 11 straight playoff appearances, and is pridefully clawing toward the second Finals appearance of his career.

He is arguably the greatest jump-shooting seven-footer in NBA history.

He moves with the grace and fleet feet of a player much shorter.

He is a sacrificial winner that has done everything his team, and his team's owner, has asked of him, and more.

Still, he needs to win the title to be mentioned in those conversations.  Discussions where a name like Larry Bird could come up and Nowitzki could seriously be considered in his class (though Game 4 versus the Thunder didn't hurt.)

Until then, where does he stand up?

Look ahead.

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