#NBArank 5: Dirk Nowitzki

ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.

RT @Schwe_String: @swish41 How do you feel being ranked #5 by ESPN? (It's an honor to be mentioned among top players in the world. Period.)Wed Oct 19 15:41:37 via UberSocial for BlackBerry

Somebody please explain how @swish41 is ranked 5th in the N.B.A after last year? Name 1 player that played better? & don't worry I got time.Wed Oct 19 04:26:45 via Twitter for iPhone

I guess outplaying EVERYBODY in the playoffs doesn't count on ESPN.Tue Oct 18 15:05:28 via web

No. 5 Dirk Nowitzki. Until we have a season, the last memory of NBA action is Dirk outplaying two guys ahead of him to get a ring. #NBArankTue Oct 18 15:26:37 via web

Why exactly is Chris Paul better than Dirk Nowitzki? #NBArankTue Oct 18 15:28:48 via web

Dirk Nowitzki at No. 5?? Are you kidding me. All he did was sweep Kobe and company, take out Durant, and shut out the big three in Miami. DISRESPECT. #NBArankTue Oct 18 15:03:47 via web

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* Score: Tiebreakers are first based on percentage points; scores have been rounded off. The second tiebreaker is based on John Hollinger's estimated wins added for the 2010-11 NBA season (rookies were given an EWA of zero).