Dirk Nowitzki names his all-time NBA starting five

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Dallas Mavericks stalwart Dirk Nowitzki might not quite be in the Kobe Bryant-retirement tour phase of his career yet, but the legendary power forward is almost certainly in the winter of his powers at the tender age of 37.

As such, much like Kobe, everybody is keen to hear from a man who has been there, done it and seen it all. Being a 13-time NBA All-Star, the German has plenty of insight to offer and now, he's divulged what his all-time starting five looks like.

The one-time NBA Champion told Sports Illustrated his greatest ever line-up and despite some incredible accomplishments - like being the Mavericks all-time leading point scorer, winning the MVP award in 2007 as well as the finals MVP in 2011 - he rather humbly left himself out of the five.

Here's the master of the one-legged fadeaway's line up:

Magic Johnson - Point Guard

The first of three Lakers in this line-up, Magic Johnson is commonly considered the greatest point guard of all time. Which is apt, considering the nature of this team.

Johnson won the first of his five NBA Championships in purple and yellow and a Finals MVP all in his rookie season. Gary Payton, John Stockton and Isiah Thomas are all legendary in their own rights, but three-time MVP Johnson was a standard bearer.

Michael Jordan - Shooting Guard

Well, this isn't a bad backcourt. At the peak of his powers wearing the number 23 for the Chicago Bulls, Jordan is still regarded as the greatest to ever lace up his sneakers.

Known for his outrageous, gravity-defying dunks, Jordan franchised what would become some of the most popular sneakers in the world - 'Air Jordans'. He is now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, but as a six-time NBA Champion and six-time Finals MVP, Jordan was the definition of a talent who delivers when it matters.

Kobe Bryant - Small Forward

Kobe has been bumped up to the three spot to accommodate MJ here, but that's fine by us, Dirk. Imagine the competitiveness in practice between Jordan and Bryant? They'd never go home.

Like Johnson, Bryant is a lifelong Laker and he is currently seeing out his 20th season in the NBA. The Black Mamba has five Championship rings to his name as an 18-time All-Star and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better fadeaway in existence.

Tim Duncan - Power Forward

Tim Duncan was selected as the first overall pick in the 1997 draft, and he's been with the San Antonio Spurs ever since. Not only is the 39-year-old a five-time NBA Champion in with a chance of making it six this campaign, he's also an eight-time NBA All-Defensive First Teamer and 15-time All-Star.

Boasting a double-double career average, Duncan is one of the most consistent performers to ever grace the floor. Larry Bird will feel hard done by to miss out on one of the forward spots, but Duncan has continually evolved as his career ran on and has no doubt given Nowitzki plenty of tough nights.

Shaquille O'Neal - Center

The pivot spot is unquestionably the most fiercely contested position in this field. Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain are luminaries, but O'Neal is a legend in his own right, too. Without question.

Shaq was a physical phenomenon. Nobody could handle the 7'1", 325lb athlete in the low-post and his unforgiving competitiveness made for an unrelenting and formidable prospect. He collected four NBA titles - three alongside his good friend Kobe (wink, wink) - and a plethora of personal accolades ranging from seventh on the all-time scorers list to third for all-time field goal percentage.

So there you have it; 26 NBA titles spread across five men make-up arguably the greatest European export's all-time dream team. It's a purely subjective matter, but one thing's for sure: that's a damn good five.

L.A. Lakers
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Eastern Conference
Dirk Nowitzki
Dallas Mavericks
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