Another reason why Dirk Nowitzki is and should be the MVP
Okay,this is my first fanpost and I'm going out on a limb here...well, actually, maybe not. Dirk has been slipping down the mvp ladder for the past weeks but I must disagree with the results. Yes, I am a Dirk fan and also a Mavs fan, but hear me out first. It's a long read but try not to fall asleep.
First off, Dirk has been on a slump the past few games. He is well below his average in about every category you can think of. But after going 2-7 winning only to the Blazers and the lowly Cavaliers, the Mavericks have actually been winning recently. Though the games were nail biters, a win is a win. This has been said many times in this site but the league has got to see the overall value that Dirk brings, individually he is struggling but as a team they are doing better.
Players are now doing better. I've always said this and I'll say it again, the supporting cast that Dirk has NOW looks good only on paper. Especially Dirk's robin, JET. Terry needs to have somebody draw some attention in order for him to be most effective. We all saw how he played when Dirk was out and he was probably the one who was affected the most. Bricking shot after shot, losing his confidence. Now, look at the team with Dirk. They have more wide open shots and hit more shots too. Dirk draws the attention, he passes it out, then eventually they find the open man for the score. This does not reflect on Dirk's stat sheet but this must be one of Dirk's best asset and one of the reasons why he is the mvp. He's not credited with an assist but he initiates the whole sequence. Unlike the point guards who drive and pass out to the open man, Dirk does not get enough credit from this. I forgot where I saw this quote but I'll post it here (credit where it's due) "Dirk Nowitzki sacrifices mere percentage points of usage while producing almost 10 points more per 100 possessions (about equal to the offensive disparity between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat)"
Also, the league must consider that among the the top MVP candidates, Dirk probably has the fewest touches per game. One aspect of Dirk's game is that he doesn't need to touch the ball every possession to make a difference, and here is where he stands out. Unlike Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, all Dirk needs to do would be set screens, move away from the painted area, or even just stand still because the opposing team will always have him in the back of their head. One user from spurstalk (I don't know who he is and I'm too lazy to find who, again credit where it's due) said that if there was one person he fears the most shooting, that would be Dirk. Hell yeah, Dirk is the best shooting big man in the league right now and one of the top 3 best shooters in the league as well. Dirk does his damage even when he's not touching the ball. That's what an MVP should be. When he sets screens, the defenders get confused on whether or not they should stay with Dirk or stay with the other player because clearly Dirk can assassinate them by standing, receiving the ball, and shoot (swish!). Dirk moving out of the paint pulls out the opposing teams big man, and again, defenders get confused on whether to help inside or stay with Dirk because if they make one wrong move, players pass it out to Dirk and before it's too late (swish!). Standing still while other players try to create their own shot, again the defender doesn't know whether to help or not, pass to Dirk and bam!
Lastly, Dirk's offensive power. MVPs must have this in order to be even considered an MVP. However, again, the stats must correlate to the team's success not only individually, and who comes out on top? Of course, Mr. 41. I'll let the facts speak for you. "The Mavs have been 22.4 points per 100 possessions better with Nowitzki on the floor than they've been with him on the bench. That's the biggest on-off court differential in the league by far among players with a minimum of 350 minutes played. After Nowitzki are Steve Nash (+16.6), Paul Pierce (+16.0), LaMarcus Aldridge (+15.2) and Chris Paul (+14.6)." -NBA.com
Okay, what I'm trying to say is that Dirk is by far the MVP. These are not only the stats that show he's the MVP, PER, +/-, EFF, PPG, points per 100 possessions, etc. Dirk brings all these and helps the team become better. That is what an MVP should be.
NBA clearly seems to favor the players with all the flashy substance. Let's face it, Dirk is not a highlight reel player. Everytime I watch the mavs highlights on the NBA, Dirk would only be there like once. They took out Dirk in the top 10 and put in Blake Griffin? Are they serious? Yeah, Griffin helped the Clippers win 11 of 16 but hell no is he going to be a better mvp candidate than Dirk. Griffin is like what I've said, a player who can only generate positives for himself and not for the team. What I'M REALLY TRYING TO SAY IS DIRK IS THE MVP!!!!!
PS - another interesting stat "The Mavs have been 22.4 points per 100 possessions better with Nowitzki on the floor than they've been with him on the bench. That's the biggest on-off court differential in the league by far among players with a minimum of 350 minutes played. After Nowitzki are Steve Nash (+16.6), Paul Pierce (+16.0), LaMarcus Aldridge (+15.2) and Chris Paul (+14.6)." -NBA.com
Okay, now share what you have to say for Dirk as the MVP. Some more stats would be fine.