The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

38. Dirk Nowitzki

Sport: Basketball
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 2011 NBA Champion and Finals MVP, 2007 NBA MVP, 10x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team
Reigning NBA Champion and Finals MVP, the Hasselhoff loving German has been putting in work throughout the Complex Decade. He's easily the closest we've seen to Larry Bird and has an extremely strong case for best European player to ever crack the league. Despite initial toughness questions, Dirk has grown into an offensive powerhouse using his elite combo of a 7-foot frame, great shooting touch, and patented one-legged fade-away jumper to torch teams for years. You know you got game when Kobe and KD are trying to steal your move.

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