Dirk credits summer rest for fast start

Updated: December 7, 2009, 8:41 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki remains such a unique commodity in the NBA as a dominant 7-foot shooter that even knowing his tendencies isn't often much help to those mostly undersized forwards who must guard him.

The Dallas Mavericks' 12th-year power forward has averaged better than 20 points a game the past nine seasons, so no one's exactly stopping him. But at least defenders had one sure thing to lock in on when facing him up at his favored spot at the elbow.

"The scouting report on ...

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