Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.
The Scoop:He just got some rest and he's been over his hip injury for over a week. Nowitzki isn't the sexiest pick you can make, but he is a very safe guy to grab at the turn of the second and third rounds.
The Scoop:Piggybacking on comments by Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Dirk said he thinks the regular season schedule should be cut to the "mid-60s." Nowitzki then added his biggest issue is back-to-backs, "Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old. I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between." While his suggestion would go a long way towards helping the 36-year-old, he's still worth a late-second, early-third round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues.
(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki heard about the NBA experimenting with shorter games in the preseason, but he has another idea. He would like to see a shorter season, as in fewer games, rather than games with 11-minute quarters instead of 12. A workable number of games, in his view, would be somewhere in the mid-60s, a significant reduction from the current 82-game schedule. More problematic from Nowitzki's perspective is the number of back-to-back games on consecutive days. At the same time, Nowitzki is a realist and recognizes the schedule is revenue driven. ...
The Scoop:He missed Tuesday and Friday, but returned on Sunday and looked great. Nowitzki said he felt fine on Sunday and should be good to go the rest of the way. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds.
The Scoop:Nowitzki was dealing with a hip contusion, but his return for a preseason game tells us that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Nowitzki will have his minutes limited this season, and the offseason acquisition of Chandler Parsons will help ease the burden for Dirk on offense. We're expecting a minor dip in Dirk's production this year, but he still profiles as a solid late-second, early-third round selection in standard leagues.
Brandan Wright started the second half of Sunday's game with Dirk Nowitzki resting, finishing the Mavs' victory with five points, one rebound and one steal in 17 minutes.
The Scoop:B-Wright should earn minutes at both PF and C as the Mavs' primary backup big man this season, and he's a sneaky flier pick in most formats. For an idea of his upside, consider his per-36-minute stats after returning from injury last year -- 17.5 points on 67.7 percent shooting, 8.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 blocks.
Dirk Nowitzki's bruised hip didn't prevent him from scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Pacers on Sunday, adding five rebounds and two assists.
The Scoop:He sank two 3-pointers in just 19 minutes before sitting out the second half as a precaution, and he heads toward the regular season in great health. His minutes and shot attempts may take a minor dip this season with Chandler Parsons in the lineup, but Dirk remains a solid pick in the 20-30 range of all 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
The Scoop:He suffered his hip contusion last Saturday and the injury was never considered serious. Nowitzki's minutes may take a dip and owner Mark Cuban said he's not expecting anyone to average 20 points per game this season.
The Scoop:Carlisle added that Nowitzki did go through the non-contact portion of practice on Thursday and may play against the Pacers on Sunday, so this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should worry about. While you could set your watch to Dirk returning first-round fantasy value over the past decade, the 36-year-old is a much safer pick in the second-round heading into the 2014-15 season.
Oct 9 12:00 ET
News (various sources)
Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies (The Associated Press) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) DALLAS (AP) -- Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis scored 14 points each to lead seven Dallas players in double figures as the Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-103 on Monday night. More...