The casual Mavericks fan will immediately think no. Dirk has given the team their one and only championship, most points in Mavs history, most games played, etc. The list can go on and on. However, this season it seems like Dirk has taken a backseat to the “Mississippi Missile”. Ellis is averaging 20.5 points per game while being used on 29% of the team’s possessions and getting 1.8 steals per game, all team highs. He is also shooting 45.7% from the field which is his best mark since his 2007-2008 season with the Golden State Warriors (arguably his best season). And we can't forget how he the second most clutch points in the league. Dirk on the other hand is averaging 18.6 points per game and only being used on 26.3% of the team’s possessions. Even after the Rondo trade, Ellis didn’t lose a step. He still scored just as many points as he did before. If you watch a Mavericks game, you will often see him handling the ball and leading the Mavericks on a run or even leading them in clutch time. Monta is now the go-to player in clutch situations. Even though Dirk still has ice blood in his veins, Monta has been great for the Mavs. However, despite all the great moments Monta has given us in his short tenure as a Maverick, it is still Dirk’s team. He has the most points in Mavs history, played in the most games, gave the Mavs their first and only championship, etc. This year, Dirk hasn’t been at his best. However, he still causes other teams to draw game plans to stop Dirk and his patented flamingo fadeaway. Defenses have to adjust for this 7-foot monster. He draws defenses away from Monta and that gives him room to score 20.5 points per game. Dirk is and forever will be the greatest Maverick in history.
-Brian Nguyen LRHS