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Wednesday August 16, 2006 9:09 pm

Dropping Dimes Draft Blog: Round 1, Pick 2

Description Round 1 Pick 2: Dirk Nowitzki

Now the real draft can begin. James is a no-brainer for a 1st overall pick regardless of league type (Roto or H2H), however, the 2nd pick is not as easy. There are many options I could go with - KG, Wade, Kobe or the Matrix.  Like the 2003 NBA draft, I will make the 2nd pick from overseas but he is no Darko - Dirk Nowitzki.

I love the passion and leadership he displayed in the past NBA Finals. Losing four games in a row to the Heat after winning the first two games is tough. He got a taste of the Finals and I think this will translate into a hungrier Dirk this season.

Last year Dirk averaged 26.6 points 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 threes a game. What is also impressive are his percentages - 48.0 FG%, 40.6 3-point% and 90.1 FT%. Sure he doesn’t get the blocks (1.0 blocks/game) or steals (0.7 blocks/game) as some other player available. That can be addressed with future picks. Dirk might play enough at the 5 spot to regain his center eligibility, which would be chocolate sauce on top of my apple strudel.

A hungrier Dirk will be styling my team with 28-10-3.

Next up Pick # 3!

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