For many years, it was predictable that the Dallas Mavericks would pull Dirk Nowitzki’s jersey under the ceiling soon after his career ended. On January 5, the time is right, as Marc Stein initially reported and has since been confirmed by the franchise.
On that day, the Mavericks will host the Golden State Warriors and take the opportunity to pull Nowitzki’s jersey with the number 41 under the ceiling of the American Airlines Center.
The Würzburger spent 21 years with the Mavs until 2019 and hold many of the franchise’s important records, and Nowitzki led the Mavs to their only championship in franchise history in the 2011 season.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban previously announced at the end of Nowitzki’s career that there would also be at least one statue for Nowitzki. Before the start of the current season, Cuban said Nowitzki had already approved a first draft for him. So there will be more honors.
NBA: German rookies and their best games – Franz Wagner pursues only one
Franz Wagner had already caused a sensation from his first weeks in the NBA. Does the Berliner have the best season for a German rookie?
After all, he already gathered an argument for the best game. For the occasion, we look at the numbers of the season and the best games of the German rookies in the NBA.
Who misses Elias Harris or Tim Ohlbrecht on the list: We’re limiting ourselves to players with at least five appearances as rookies. And now go!
Isaac Bonga (pick No. 39 2018): 0.9 points, 1.1 rebounds on average over 22 games for the Los Angeles Lakers (2018/19)
On most of his appearances for the Lakers, Bonga has actually gone without a point. The best score as a rookie was 4 points, which he scored against Golden State just before the end of the season.
Isaiah Hartenstein (No. 43 pick 2017): 1.9 points, 1.7 rebounds on average over 28 games for the Houston Rockets (2018/19)
In the G-League, Hartenstein had a lot more action in Houston. In the NBA, three times 6 points was his personal best.
Tibor Pleiß (No. 31-Pick 2010): 2 points, 1.3 rebounds on average over twelve games for the Utah Jazz (2015/16)
The center rarely played in Utah, their best game was a resounding loss when they scored 8 points in 24 minutes against Spurs. Otherwise almost only with short missions.
Uwe Blab (1985 pick 17): 2.6 points, 1.9 rebounds on average over 48 games for the Dallas Mavericks (1985/86)
Schrempf’s German rookie colleague was much less involved in Dallas. Twice, he got 14 more points, against Denver, he topped it with 10 rebounds.
Dennis Schröder (2013 No.17 pick): 3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds on average over 49 games for the Atlanta Hawks (2013/14)
Schröder struggled with the move to NBA basketball and a deep Hawks rotation. Got 10 points twice, then explosions followed later.
Chris Welp (No. 16 pick in 1987): 4.8 points, 2.4 rebounds on average over ten games for the Philadelphia 76ers (1987/88)
The center got off to a good start before a serious knee injury knocked it out, which has never made it the same again. In his penultimate game before the injury, he scored 18 points against Seattle.
Moritz Wagner (pick 25 2018): 4.8 points, 2 rebounds on average in 43 games for the Los Angeles Lakers (2018/19)
The older Wagner could score as a rookie if allowed to. As against Boston: The Big Man gave 22 points to the Celtics.
Daniel Theis (undrafted): 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds on average over 63 games for the Boston Celtics (2017/18)
Theis was brought in by the Celtics primarily for his defense, but also showed approaches as a goalscorer. His best score was 19 points against the Pistons.
Maxi Kleber (undrafted): 5.4 points, 3.3 rebounds on average over 72 games for the Dallas Mavericks (2017/18)
Kleber was also not brought in for his points by the Mavs, but came to Texas as a mature player. His rookie record was 21 points with an exceptional 9/10 on the pitch against Spurs.
Paul Zipser (pick 48 2016): 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds on average over 44 games for the Chicago Bulls (2016/17)
The swingman just got better and better during his rookie year towards the end. In his last game of the season, he set a record with 21 points, plus 6 rebounds.
Detlef Schrempf (No. 8-Pick 1985): 6.2 points, 3.1 rebounds on average over 64 games for the Dallas Mavericks (1985/86)
Det was not yet definitively “the threat” as a rookie, but partially showed his potential – with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the win over Denver. But the breakthrough was in a few years.
Dirk Nowitzki (No. 9 pick 1998): 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds on average over 47 games for the Dallas Mavericks (1998/99)
Nowitzki himself has repeatedly emphasized how difficult his rookie year was. But there were also highlights: his 29 points against Phoenix is the previous record for German rookies, plus 8 rebounds.
Franz Wagner (pick number 8 2021): 14.9 points, 3.6 rebounds on average over 9 games for the Orlando Magic (201/22) – as of November 4, 2021
Young Wagner has already scored 28 points in his 8th NBA game and is chasing Dirk. If he maintains his exceptional level during the first weeks, he can become the best German rookie to date.
Mark Cuban on Nowitzki: “I love Dirk to death”
“I love Dirk to death. I’m really happy for him,” Cuban said of the ceremony. “Every award for him is awesome. We’re not going to feature the statue or anything yet. There might be a teaser, but it’s pretty obvious what it’s going to look like. There will also be special NFTs for it. ‘opportunity. ”
Number 41 will become Dallas’ fourth number to be removed. The franchise had previously retired numbers 12 (Derek Harper), 15 (Brad Davis) and 22 (Rolando Blackman).
Cuban also indicated that sooner or later he expects Nowitzki to return to the Mavs organization, to which he currently acts as an advisor. “I think he’s getting restless,” Cuban said of “retiree” Nowitzki. “But I can give you the following message: he has an office in the new training room.”