Dirk To Be Named MVP

Dirk Nowitzki didn’t have the best postseason, but this should help ease the pain of Dallas’ first-round ouster: Nowitzki will be named the league’s MVP on Tuesday. It appears that the worst-kept secret in the NBA will be out in the open by early next week as the coronation of the first European-born Most Valuable Player in NBA history has been expected for weeks. By the time Nowitzki collects his award, nearly two weeks will have elapsed since the 67-win Mavs became just the third No. 1 seed in NBA history to lose to a No. 8 seed. Nowitzki averaged 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and a career-best 3.4 assists during the regular season and was the only player in the league to shoot at least 50 percent from the field (.502), 40 percent from 3-point range (.416) and 90 percent from the free-throw line (.904). His percentages in each of those categories were career highs, helping Nowitzki secure his third successive berth on the All-NBA first team,