While you watch this video of every single Dirk Nowitzki free throw from last night, chew on this: Is it possible that Dirk, long-hailed as an elite NBA player, might have been underrated and unappreciated these past 13 years? Is it possible that Dirk, in a final four showcasing Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, is the best player left?
The man's a marvel, a paradox. A shooting guard in a 7 footer's body. A pure scorer who holds his fire. A fundamentally sound player who takes (and makes) fallaway jumpers that have no business being attempted.