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Dirk vs. Duncan by the numbers

4/19/2014

DALLAS -- There’s only one debatable question that prevents Dirk Nowitzki from firmly declaring who deserves to be considered the best power forward in NBA history:

Should Tim Duncan be classified as a power forward or a center?

There is no question that Nowitzki's name appears near the top of any list of all-time great power forwards.

As the two future Hall of Famers prepare to face each other in a playoff series for the sixth time, let’s take a look at how they stack up against each other statistically.

Regular-season statistics

Games: Duncan 1,254; Nowitzki 1,188

Points: Nowitzki 26,786; Duncan 24,904

Points per game: Nowitzki 22.5; Duncan 19.9

Rebounds: Duncan 13,940; Nowitzki 9,594

Rebounds per game: Duncan 11.1; Nowitzki 8.1

Assists: Duncan 3,832; Nowitzki 3,139

Assists per game: Duncan 3.1; Nowitzki 2.6

Blocks: Duncan 2,715; Nowitzki 1,095

Blocks per game: Duncan 2.2; Nowitzki 0.9

Steals: Nowitzki 1,037; Duncan 915

Steals per game: Nowitzki 0.9; Duncan 0.7

Field goal percentage: Duncan 50.6; Nowitzki 47.6

3-point percentage: Nowitzki 38.3; Duncan 17.6

Playoff statistics

Games: Duncan 211; Nowitzki 128

Titles: Duncan 4; Nowitzki 1

NBA Finals appearances: Duncan 5; Nowitzki 2

Points: Duncan 4,614; Nowitzki 3,321

Points per game: Nowitzki 25.9; Duncan 21.9

Rebounds: Duncan 2,522; Nowitzki 1,314

Rebounds per game: Duncan 12.0; Nowitzki 10.3

Assists: Duncan 682; Nowitzki 329

Assists per game: Duncan 3.2; Nowitzki 2.6

Blocks: Duncan 516; Nowitzki 118

Blocks per game: Duncan 2.4; Nowitzki 0.9

Steals: Duncan 150; Nowitzki 139

Steals per game: Nowitzki 1.1; Duncan 0.7

Field goal percentage: Duncan 49.9; Nowitzki 46.3

3-point percentage: Nowitzki 38.0; Duncan 15.6

2013-14 statistics

Games: Nowitzki 80; Duncan 74

Minutes per game: Nowitzki 32.9; Duncan 29.2

Points per game: Nowitzki 21.7; Duncan 15.1

Rebounds per game: Duncan 9.7; Nowitzki 6.2

Assists per game: Duncan 3.0; Nowitzki 2.7

Blocks per game: Duncan 1.9; Nowitzki 0.6

Steals per game: Nowitzki 0.9; Duncan 0.6

Field goal percentage: Nowitzki 49.7; Duncan 49.0

3-point percentage: Nowitzki 39.8; Duncan 0.0

Honors

All-Star appearances: Duncan 14; Nowitzki 12

MVP: Duncan 2; Nowitzki 1

Finals MVP: Duncan 3; Nowitzki 1

Rookie of the year: Duncan 1; Nowitzki 0

All-Defensive team: Duncan 14 (eight first team); Nowitzki 0

All-NBA: Duncan 14 (10 first team); Nowitzki 12 (four first team)

Player of the week: Duncan 22; Nowitzki 16

Player of the month: Nowitzki 6; Duncan 3

Regular season head-to-head

Points per game: Duncan 21.6; Nowitzki 21.3

Rebounds per game: Duncan 11.3; Nowitzki 8.3

Assists per game: Duncan 3.0; Nowitzki 2.4

Blocks per game: Duncan 1.8; Nowitzki 1.0

Steals per game: Nowitzki 0.8; Duncan 0.6

Field-goal percentage: Duncan 51.3; Nowitzki 45.6

3-point percentage: Duncan 40.0; Nowitzki 37.5

Wins: Duncan 31; Nowitzki 21

Playoffs head-to-head

Points per game: Duncan 26.0; Nowitzki 24.5

Rebounds per game: Duncan 12.3; Nowitzki 10.1

Assists per game: Duncan 3.6; Nowitzki 2.3

Blocks per game: Duncan 1.9; Nowitzki 0.6

Steals per game: Nowitzki 1.3; Duncan 0.8

Field-goal percentage: Duncan 53.9; Nowitzki 49.8

3-point percentage: Nowitzki 22.9; Duncan 0.0

Wins: Duncan 14; Nowitzki 12