Nowitzki Eyes 20th Season with Dallas Mavericks

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Battling his way through an injury-plagued 2016-17 campaign to finish the 82-game schedule on a high note, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki says he will return to the Dallas Mavericks for a 20th season.

Bothered by a right Achilles strain that hampered him all season, Nowitzki played in just 54 games during the ’16-17 campaign for his lowest number of outings since his rookie year. However, he also averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game, connecting on 43.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from three-point range. And after concluding his injury-riddled year with 21 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes during the Mavericks’ second-to-last game on April 11, Nowitzki says he’s ready to come back even stronger next season.

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