Dirk Nowitzki is perhaps the most important Dallas Mavericks player of all time.
And on Saturday he will also be a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Nowitzki’s big night is being celebrated by millions of Mavericks fans, as well as many stars who have played for the team.
The Mavericks released a video featuring a slew of Dallas icons, such as Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Devin Harris, J.J. Barea, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Tim Hardaway Jr., Marc Cuban, and Luka Doncic.
In the video, they praised the big man and his historic career.
Doncic even went so far as to call Nowitzki an “icon.”
“21 years. You changed the game, Dirty. No one deserves this more than you,” the Mavericks tweeted.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 12, 2023
When Nowitzki first entered the NBA, few people knew just how consequential and successful he would be.
The seven-foot big man with the tricky name from Germany was unlike anyone basketball fans had seen before.
But he quickly showed that he was so much more than just a typical power forward or center.
He could pass the ball with ease and make incredibly tough buckets with his own special brand of shooting.
He was a definitive team leader as well, even though he wasn’t always the loudest guy on the court.
In the end, he earned 14 All-Star appearances, the 2006-07 MVP, and helped his Mavericks win the Finals in 2011.
Nowitzki was already a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team and many people expected him to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
That’s because any basketball fan and expert knows just how special his career was.NEXT: Kyrie Irving Makes His Thoughts On Joining Lakers Very Clear