I have always felt that Dirk was born just a smidge too late for the statistical revolution. In terms of things like PER, win-shares, and all that, mid-career Dirk was an absolute beast, but it caught on only as he got a little bit older. Not only that, of course, but especially in Dirk's later years he's been employed more as a precision-guided missile than a shock and awe force. Despite his pre-dominance both in the league and in an offense utterly devoid of players of his caliber, Dirk has never once had a top 5 usage rate (a measure of how much of a team's play a player dominates). In fact, he's only been on the list 4 times, with two 6th place finishes, a 7th place, and a 10th place.
The Understated Statistical Brilliance of Dirk Nowitzki
Mavs Moneyball | Aug 27