Next Level: Dirk Nowitzki rises to No. 1 spot

May, 25, 2011
5/25/11
11:04
AM CT


Dirk Nowitzki rose to the top of the Samsung Next Level rankings this week, putting up 48 points on 12-of-15 shooting in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, easily registering the best true shooting percentage (93.9 percent) in a playoff game in the shot clock era for a player attempting a minimum of 25 shots in a game. Nowitzki's true shooting percentage was more than 10 percent higher than the next-highest percentage.

Rounding out the top four in the weekly rankings are James Shields, Chris Bosh and Jake Peavy.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9