Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks' Forward Deserves the MVP Award This Season

Andrew PierluissiCorrespondent IIIMarch 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks at the Verizon Center on February 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Most Valuable Player Award has been everything but a one-man race this season. In past seasons, several players have taken their game and their respective teams to a higher level making them clear front runners for the MVP award.

This season, there have been some players coming in and out of the discussion while others have stayed consistent but have not separated themselves from the rest just yet.

Once again, Dirk Nowitzki is having an incredibly efficient season. He is shooting a career high 53 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from three point land. He is also playing the least amount of minutes he has played in his career since his rookie year.

Some may argue his rebounding numbers are down, but that is deceptive. Since Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion joined the team, that gave the Mavericks two elite rebounders, which cut Dirk’s opportunities slightly.

As far as Dallas’ success, it is not shocking that the Mavericks are not nearly as good without the Big German on the court.

In nine games Nowitzki missed, Dallas was only able to muster two wins. After he got his legs back under him, Nowitzki has led Dallas to 18 victories in 20 contests. The two losses were both well defended buzzer-beating fall away jumpers.

Dirk’s impact on the court is not something new to NBA followers. His ability to draw attention on the offensive end and space the court has been the reason the Mavericks have had 10 straight 50-win seasons.

This year, this ability has been finally taken advantage of fully. Tyson Chandler stands at the top of the charts in offensive rating and true shooting percentage thanks to Dirk drawing attention outside of the paint.

One can keep presenting a number of reasons why Dirk Nowitzki deserves the MVP award this season. He has done all the things right for his ball club and has them challenging the Spurs for the top seed in the Western Conference (and the NBA). Perhaps the only thing in the way of Dirk is the fact that other players are in the exact same spot.

While the MVP award usually goes to only one player per season, several players clearly deserve it. Derrick Rose from Chicago has been the favorite for the last few weeks, LeBron James is having yet another incredible season, and Kobe Bryant has the "Lakeshow" on full throttle as of late. These are just a few more names in the conversation.

Many players will be given consideration, and only one will come out as the league’s MVP. Regardless of who that player is, it is undeniable that Dirk Nowitzki is just as deserving as any candidate this season.