Wow, Dirk was really good in April.

Dirk won the Western Conference player of the month award today.  Not a huge surprise with the Mavs having a great month, but somehow I didn't completely realize the numbers Dirk had consistently been putting up.

Nowitzki helped Dallas to a 6-2 month, including a perfect 6-0 mark at home, averaging 30.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. Nowitzki finished the season by scoring at least 20 points in each of Dallas' last 25 games, dating back to Feb. 27, the longest such streak in the NBA this season. He finished the season with a career-high-tying 26 30-point games, including five in April. With Dallas' 95-84 win over Houston on April 15, the Mavericks became the fourth team in NBA history to record nine-straight seasons with 50 wins or more.

After reading those numbers, I immediately thought of something John Hollinger said about Tim Duncan in a chat yesterday.

Duncan averaged 20.8 points before the All-Star game, 16.0 after. He had his two worst shooting months in March and April, and his two worst assist months, and his two worst for blocks.

Here's the Dirk and Duncan splits for comparison.

Dirk Nowitzki
Situation G Min FGM FGA Pct 3PM 3PA Pct FTM FTA Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Pre All-Star 51 37:30:00 9.5 20 47.5 0.9 2.3 37.9 6.1 6.7 90.9 1.1 7.2 8.3 2.3 2.1 0.7 0.8 2.1 25.9
Post All-Star 30 38:00:00 9.7 19.9 48.7 0.6 1.8 31.5 5.8 6.8 85.7 1.1 7.5 8.6 2.7 1.7 0.8 0.8 2.4 25.8
Tim Duncan
Situation G Min FGM FGA Pct 3PM 3PA Pct FTM FTA Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Pre All-Star 50 35:17:00 8.1 15.6 52.2 0 0 0 4.5 6.5 69.6 2.7 7.8 10.5 3.9 2.2 0.5 1.8 2.5 20.8
Post All-Star 25 30:23:00 6.1 13.2 46.2 0 0 0 4.3 6.3 68.2 2.7 8.3 11 2.8 2.2 0.6 1.4 1.8 16.4
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mavs Moneyball

You must be a member of Mavs Moneyball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mavs Moneyball. You should read them.

Join Mavs Moneyball

You must be a member of Mavs Moneyball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mavs Moneyball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker