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Dirk Nowitzki Doesn't Think He Should Be An All-Star

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t believe that he should be selected as an All-Star this season, according to ESPN.

"Averaging whatever, 15, 16 points, I don't think you should be an All-Star," Nowitzki said about his performance. "But we'll just have to wait and see. I think there is a lot of great young talent in this league that deserves to go. I think LaMarcus Aldridge has been stiff the last couple of years. He's a great young player, fun to watch. You know Blake and Love are playing great. There is a lot of talent at my position."

"To me, it's more about getting right again and getting my body back in rhythm and getting used to all the grinding and running and jumping again," said Nowitzki, who sat out four games last month to go through a personal training camp and strengthen his sore right knee. "I think that's more important to me than an All-Star appearance at this point. Ultimately, [we want] to make a push after the All-Star break. That's ultimately where my head is at here."

Nowitzki has struggled this season averaging just 17.2 points per game, the lowest output since his rookie season. Over the course of his career he has averaged over 22 points per contest.

The Mavericks are currently 14-2 and are in second place in the Southwest Conference. They will play the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.