On This Date in NBA Playoffs History: June 19, Dirk Nowitzki was born

Apr 15, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) and power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and small forward Shawn Marion (0) are introduced before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

1978 – Happy 35th birthday to Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41). He was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks ninth overall in 1998, but was part of a draft-day trade to the Mavericks. After many years in Dallas, he was the Finals MVP for the team’s 2011 championship team. He is currently in the top 20 in NBA history in each of the following categories: player efficiency rating, points, field goals made, defensive rebounds and free-throw percentage.

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