Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade Honoured with 2019 All-Star Game Nod
The NBA is introducing a new All-Star concept – the 13th player.
To bring in the weekend, it was announced that the NBA will be adding an additional player to each of the two All-Star teams. These two players will be honorary additions for their extraordinary contributions to the NBA. As the 2019 All-Star Game nears, the two players selected are Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
“Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”
Both players are sure-fire future Hall of Famers, former champions, and are more than likely both calling it a career following this season.
Dirk Nowitzki became the first player in NBA history this season to play 21 years with the same franchise. He currently ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list. Meanwhile, three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade will go down as one of the best shooting guards in NBA history.
Both players will be selected in the third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, which will air live on TNT on Thursday February 7 and 7 PM ET.
Does this mean Vince Carter can be an honorary Slam Dunk Contest participant?