Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki re-signs with Mavericks, will play in 21st season with franchise

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Dirk Nowitzki (Getty Images)

13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki will be returning for a 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki, who made his Mavericks debut in 1999, will play in an NBA-record 21st consecutive season with the same franchise. In 77 games last season, the 2011 Finals MVP showed he has plenty left in the tank, averaging 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while playing 24.7 minutes per game.

Last season, there was a noticeable difference between the Mavs' offensive rating while Nowitzki was on the floor (106.3) and while he was off (102.2). As Dallas ushers in a new era, Nowitzki is the perfect veteran anchor to aid second-year guard Dennis Smith Jr. and rookie Luka Doncic in the development of their respective careers.

The 40-year-old has amassed a number of awards and accolades over his 20-season career. Just last season, Nowitzki became the sixth player in league history to play 50,000 career minutes.

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