Dallas Mavericks: Jimmie Johnson
The world champion Mavericks are up for "Best Team," a stacked category that includes that the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers winning their first title since Brett Favre in the 1990s, the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins bringing Beantown the Cup for the first time 1972, the World Series champion San Francisco Giants winning it all since their days in New York, BCS football champion Auburn Tigers and the Texas A&M women's basketball champions.
According to Patrick Dorsey of ESPN.com's Page 2, since 2001, this award has gone to four NBA teams, the most of any sport, and he's predicting the Mavs make it five.
The other category of local interest is "Best Male Athlete," including NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, four-time defending NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson, Rafael Nadal and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Dorsey thinks it'll be tough for anyone to top Rodgers.
Of course, that's what they said about Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
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