San Antonio Spurs History

Building an All-Time starting five of the Spurs' rivals

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
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Power Forward - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

The 2011 Dallas Mavericks won the most improbable NBA championship of all time, taking down LeBron and company on the newly formed Miami Heat Big Three. Dirk led the Mavericks to a 2-4 record against San Antonio in the playoffs, although their 2009 upset of the Spurs in the first round still haunts our franchise. 

Dirk was one of the first big men who mastered ball handling and could shoot the ball from deep with confidence and volume. In all honesty, I consider him the second-best power forward ever (Giannis is on the way) and one of the more influential players out there. 

On the court, I would consider Dirk one of the Spursiest non-Spurs ever. He had no off-court drama and wanted to win. He also took down several teams that he had no business beating, like that 2011 Heat team, which is also a rather Spursy trait. 

On the All-Spurs Rival Team, Dirk would play the same type of ball he played his whole career: get touches almost every possession and either toss up a midrange jump shot (bucket) or kick it back out to the point guard for Nash to regroup the offense. His scoring would go down just because he would be surrounded by a lot of talent, but he would be the most deadly weapon on the roster. 

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