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Dirk Nowitzki is the 3rd greatest power forward in NBA history, ESPN says

Dirk came in behind Tim Duncan and Karl Malone.

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Dirk Nowitzki has been ranked as the third-greatest power forward in NBA history by ESPN, calling him "undoubtedly the best European player in NBA history" and "as tough and competitive as they come."

Tim Duncan and Karl Malone top the list of power forwards, while Charles Barkley and Kevin Garnett round out the top five. From six to 10, ESPN says it's Kevin McHale, Bob Pettit, Elvin Hayes, Pau Gasol and Dennis Rodman.

Nowitzki is so many things: an NBA MVP in 2007, an NBA champion in 2011, the sixth all-time leading scorer in NBA history, a 13-time All-Star and 12-time All-NBA teamer, and quite possibly the greatest athlete Dallas has ever seen. His longevity, still playing at a high level even at the age of 37, only increases his reputation as one of the NBA's greatest players.

You can't complain about Dirk falling in behind the two players he does, because Duncan has a legitimate case as the greatest NBA player ever (even if you'd rather call him a center) and Malone is incredible, too. Third's a great place for Dirk and a deserving one. Let's enjoy watching him drop in jumpers for another year and a half, at least.