Wednesday, May 16, 2007
And so he did it: Dirk Nowitzki has won the MVP throphy of the regular NBA Season 2006/2007.
He has won with 1.183 points including 83(!) first place votes, from a panel of 129 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for each fifth-place vote received.
Dirk Nowitzki is the first European Player and the fourth international player to be awarded with the so called Maurice Podoloff Trophy.
He led the Dallas Mavericks to the best-record (67-15, .817) in the NBA, tying for the sixth-best single-season winning percentage in NBA history. Nowitzki averaged team highs of 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and a career-best 3.4 assists while setting career-highs in field goal percentage (.502), three-point field goal percentage (.416) and free throw percentage (.904). No other player could keep up with this figures.
Dirk said that he is overwhelmed with the honor of the MVP award. Typical for him in his modest and likeable way. He never demanded to be elected. He proved the right on the play ground.
Now he and his best friend Steve Nash have won all of the MVP trophies of the last three years. Inconceivable what would have happened if the had remained and improved in the same team! Probably a winning streak of NBA titles. Maybe fate will bring them together again.....
It would be a great Canadian-German-axis. No axis of evil by the way.
I'm so happy for him. The award will help him to forget the desaster of the first playoff round against the Warriors. I hope he will come back even stronger next year. And if he will never win a title and championship ring, so what? There have been others with great great names in basketball history like: Karl "Mailman" Malone, Kevin "The kid" Garnett, Allen "The Answer" Iverson, Charles "Sir Charles or the round mound of rebound" Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill or Anfernee Hardaway.
The dream of a championship will stay alive! MVP, MVP, MVP! Dirkules!