The go-to play.
It’s the move an NBA player uses that nearly always gets positive results.
For Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki, it’s his post-up, one-legged fadeaway jumper, according to NumberFire, a sports analytics company.
Nowitzki is in the 90th percentile in terms of post-up efficiency. He has had 273 post-up possessions so far this season, 29 percent of all his moves, and has converted at a 1.04 point per possession clip. He scores 51.3 percent of the time and has turned the ball over only 6.2 percent of the time.
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Those numbers are one of the reasons why the 37-year-old, 13-time All-Star is still the centerpiece of the Mavericks and leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game.
The Mavericks play at Denver Sunday.