Dirk Nowitzki expected to be named MVP Tuesday
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks have called a news
conference for 12 p.m. (et) Tuesday, when it’s expected forward Dirk Nowitzki
will be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.
Nowitzki led the Mavericks to a league-best 67-15 finish this year, the most
victories in franchise history. Despite Dallas losing to Golden State in the
first round of the playoffs, the voting to make Nowitzki MVP occurred during
the regular season.
NBA commissioner David Stern, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and head coach Avery
Johnson will also attend the news conference at American Airlines Center.
In 2006-07 Nowitzki averaged 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and a career-best 3.4
assists while again setting career-highs in three percentages (field-goal,
three-point and free throws). Not only that, but the Mavs were dominant when
he was at his best. The team went 18-1 when he scored 30-plus points and he
had 41 double-doubles.
The 28-year-old Nowitzki finished the season ranked highly in several
categories, including 10th in scoring, tied for 11th in rebounding and tied
for second in free-throw percentage.
A six-time All-Star selection, Nowitzki finished the 2004-05 and ’05-06
seasons third in the MVP voting. He’ll become the first Maverick to win the
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft and
then dealt to Dallas, Nowitzki has averaged 22.3 points in nine seasons, all
with the Mavericks.