Dirk without question has played his way into one of the top 50 players to have ever played this game. He’s proven that he can take a team on his back and put them in a position to be an NBA champion. His performance in the 2011 NBA Playoffs are those of legend. He’s made some of the most impossible and improbable shots that a player not just 7 foot by any size could make.
There have been Larry Bird comparisons made about his game and why not?? He is a threat anywhere on the court and he finds ways to get his defender leaning one direction to open up his shot. With his ability to make shots from any distance he forces defenders to run out at him hard opening up his drives and opportunities. Players and spectators a like needs to see how he uses his fakes and jabs to open up his shooting hand to create offense. His basketball IQ is off of the charts as well as his ability to shift his body in ways you never heard of to create offense.
Earlier in his career he was labeled as soft and only wanting to shoot jumpers. I think now you see him ore than ever get the ball in the post and play through contact. Even on drives he will raise defenders up off of their feet take their contact and still continue on to be able to make the shot. His game has grown by not only his ability to score points but also to suck defenders in and make plays for others.
Dallas’s perimeter players need a lot of credit as well for Dirk’s success they make the initial penetration to shift defenders and then hit Dirk forcing the second wave of defenders to be able to get to him opening up Dirk’s ability to either make shots, drive the ball, or make plays for his teammates. Coach Carlisle has great offensive philosophy of shifting defenders and kicking to open players. Dallas has been a very fun team to watch this year with their tough play as well as their unselfish style.
Dirk should be a spokesman for getting in the gym and working hard. He’s one of the toughest players to imitate without question. The ability to make shots as frequently and consistently as he does without question takes years to perfect. His ability to create space by using his fakes and jabs could be compared to the all-time greats such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Julius Irving, and Larry Bird. His mentor and personal coach and mentor Holger Geschwindner different from any other shooting coach that I have ever heard off. Dirk practices shots from every angle, off of different feet, and one leg. When working with players I always have them work on shots that prototypical players of their position, skill level, body type, and athletic ability would take. I never venture off to have players shoot such unconventional shots, but in Dirks case that work has paid off and then some. What young players and other people watching Dirk sometimes don’t understand is the hours and hours of work that Dirk puts in to perfect his game. He just doesn’t go out and take these shots for the first time and he’s successful. He has had to deal with the growing pains that any young player has had to endure. There were times he was labeled certain things, but like any great player he learned from mistakes and battled through adversity.
Dirk has earned the comparisons to some of the great players ever to play this game. He disserves all of the success that he is enjoying today. Dirk will go down as one of the best shooting forwards ever to play this game. With the thousands of hours spent working on his game and fighting though all of the adversity he certainly disserves it.