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Dirk Nowitzki

There were a lot of people shaking their heads when the Dallas Mavericks engineered a draft day trade that would see them get Dirk Nowitzki, who was chosen ninth overall and as a rookie, the German struggled to make the jump from the Second Tier of the Bundesliga to the NBA in his rookie season, but in his second campaign he was the runner-up for the Most Improved Player of the Year and in his third season he would begin a 12-year streak of 20 Points per Game and would have another one the year after the run ended.

The Hall of Fame Clock begins for both Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade

It is the end of an era.

Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade have played their final games of what should be first ballot Hall of Fame careers.

From Germany, Nowitzki was the ninth overall pick of the 1999 Draft and there were many who thought that the Dallas Mavericks were making a mistake selecting a European with their First Round Pick.  They needn’t have worried.

Nowitzki would play 21 seasons for Dallas amassing 1,522 Games with another 145 in the Playoffs. Named an All Star 14 times, he would rattle off an impressive streak of 12 consecutive All-NBA Selections (2000-01 to 2001-12) with four of them being First Team.  He would be named the MVP of the league in 2006-07 and took the Mavericks to a surprising NBA Championship in 2011.  As of this writing, he is third all-time in Minutes Played, sixth in Points, twenty-seventh in Rebounds and eighth in Win Shares.  

Wade’s career was not as long but some would argue it held a higher profile.  The Guard was the 5thOverall Pick of the loaded 2004 Class where he would join the Miami Heat and lead them to greatness.  A 12 time All Star and eight time All-NBA Selection, Wade led Miami to their first NBA Championship in 2006 and was the architect of bringing future Hall of Famers LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami where they won it all in 2012 and 2013.

With both Dallas and Miami missing the playoffs we have a very rare case of having two hoops legends finish their career on exactly the same day.  Both Nowitzki and Wade are eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame for the Class of 2023. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank both Dirk Nowitzki and Dwayne Wade for the on the court memories and we wish them the best in their post playing career.

New Section up: 2023 Basketball Futures

It is onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com as we have added a new section, that of the Basketball Hall of Fame Futures for 2023.  

This is the group of former players who will be eligible for the Hall for the first time in 2023, and we have four former players in this section.

They are: 

Tony Parker:  Arguably the best player to come from France, Parker is a four-time NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs, and he was a Second Team All-NBA Selection three times.  Parker also went to the All-Star Game seven times.

Luol Deng:  From South Sudan, Deng was a two-time All-Star when he played for Chicago, and he was a Second Team All-Defensive player in 2011/12.

Dwyane Wade:  Wade went to thirteen All-Star Games and was a three-time NBA Champion, all with the Miami Heat.  He was also a First Team All-Star twice, and a Second Team and Third Team All-Star three times.

Dirk Nowitzki:  Nowitzki played his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks, the team he took an NBA Championship in 2011.  The German star was a four-time First Team All-NBA Selection, 14-time All-Star, and was the NBA MVP in 2007.

Parker, Wade and Nowitzki sounds like a pretty sweet class doesn’t it?  You can find the full page here of the 2023 eligibles here.

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