I find it interesting that for all the bashing Dirk Nowitzki has taken since the Golden State flop and then through a slow start to the season that had pundits declaring he was already off the MVP watch list, fans apparently have a different view of the Big German.
Dirk is third among West forwards in the newest tally of All-Star votes. Carmelo Anthony is first and Tim Duncan is second, but Dirk isn't far behind. It's even conceivable, perhaps not likely, but conceivable, that he could pass Duncan for second place and head to New Orleans in February as a starter.
Should it be surprising that Dirk is doing so well in the fan voting considering the playoffs and his admittedly slow start in November?
-- Jeff Caplan