37-year-old Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is open to a change of position

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is intent on dispelling the notion you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

The 37-year-old has seen and done just about everything you could possibly imagine in the NBA and his trophy cabinet is laden with richly-deserved personal accolades, whilst his finger contains a certain ring on it, too.

However, with the ever-changing landscape of the NBA, the big German concedes he might have to adjust his tried and trusted game in order for the Mavericks to compete with the elite teams in the league.

Speaking to Tim McMahon of ESPN, Nowitzki said: "I'm ready for everything, whatever it may be. I think there's a few dominant forces at center that I'd rather not see, but other than that, we all know that it's not a post-up league anymore.

"It's a pick-and-roll league, it's a movement league, it's a transition, line-your-guy-up, drive-it league. The league has gone smaller and smaller and smaller, so if that's an option for us, great."

The 13-time All-Star's desire to conform comes only a week after Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade insisted he would also alter his game to fit in with his side's new fast-paced style that has yielded such excellent results since the All-Star break.

The three-point shot has emerged as the perennial weapon for the top contenders in the league, particularly in the Western Conference.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embody the perimeter movement and Nowitzki knows anyone who wants to keep pace with the record-setting NBA Champions needs to expand their repertoire.

The 2007 MVP has made his name in and around the paint with his famous one-legged fadeaway jumper and holds a respectable 38.2 percent average from behind the arc throughout his career.

However, the move to center might not bring the best out of Nowitzki. Sure, the Mavericks all-time leading scorer is bound to be a problem in the low post for the vast majority of his opponents, but his rim protection on the defensive end leaves a lot to be desired.

When you consider he'll be battling the likes of DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins on the boards on a regular basis, not to mention Hassan Whiteside and Andre Drummond over in the Eastern Conference, his career average of 7.9 rebounds a night might not quite cut the mustard.

Ironically enough, though, Nowitzki was the NBA Three-Point Shoot-Out champion back in 2006. It might be far from conventional and a little unorthodox, but could the Mavs deploy a make-shift center as their primary perimeter shooter?

One might think: 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it'. But, whether they do or they don't, it could be the difference between the Texas franchise holding onto the final playoff spot in the West or missing the postseason altogether.

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