Dirk dominating in the low post
But the numbers say he's more effective scoring in the low post than all but two other players in the league ... even though his catches in post often lead to face-up or fall-away jumpers as opposed to direct attacks on the rim.
Nowitzki is averaging 1.03 points per play in post-up situations this season, according to ESPN researchers. That places him third among players with a minimum of 250 post-ups, behind only Toronto's Chris Bosh (1.12 points per play) and San Antonio's Tim Duncan (1.08).
Just behind Nowitzki in low-post scoring? Two of the NBA's most traditional big men: Andrew Bynum of the Lakers (0.99) and Memphis' Zach Randolph (0.99).
During the Mavs' nine-game winning streak, Nowitzki is averaging 28.3 points and shooting 96.9 percent from the free-throw line (62-for-64). When it faces Sacramento on Friday night, Dallas will be seeking its first double-digit win streak since winning 17 consecutive games from January 27 through March 11 in the 2006-07 season.
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