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Is Dirk Nowitzki The Best International Player Of AllTime? – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 18th, 2011 by Ryan

Is Dirk Nowitzki The Best International Player Of All-Time?
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Coming into this past NBA postseason, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks were considered to be a good team, but not a great team. Throughout the Mark  Cuban era in Dallas, Nowitzki has lead the way for this struggling NBA franchise and has had some success. Unfortunately, the German superstar was labeled one of those great players in the league that would never win an NBA title.

Now that time has passed as the Dallas Mavericks have won their first NBA title in franchise history and proved to the rest of the league that they are a legitimate force to be reckoned with from here on out. With this recent exposure, Nowitzki has stepped into the spotlight and got a lot of people talking about his legacy in the NBA.

There have been plenty of international players that have come and gone in the NBA over the past few decades, but few have seen much success in this country.

Back in the 90s, Toni Kukoc (Yugoslavia) won three NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, but didn’t really play a major role. Vlade Divac (Yugoslavia) was another international player that made an impact in the NBA during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings, but came short of an NBA title and will never be considered to be one of the greatest players of all-time.

Manu Ginobili (Argentina) of the San Antonio Spurs has been perhaps the most successful of international player in the NBA as he has won three NBA titles and played huge role in all three championship teams. Pau Gasol (Spain) comes up just behind Ginobili as he found instant success with the Los Angeles Lakers and has two NBA titles to show for it.

Despite Ginobili and Gasol being extremely talented and playing pivotal roles for their championship teams, Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) is easily the best international basketball player of all-time. With a shooting ability that is second to none in the league today, Nowitzki has gradually improved his game over the years and now is an NBA champion. The German superstar may not have as many titles as Ginobili or Gasol, but he is definitely a much better player and the only one out of these three that has been able to win an NBA title with no help from another superstar equally as talented.

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