DALLAS (AP)  Dirk Nowitzki will soon be 33. A former league MVP, he already holds every meaningful record in the history of the Dallas Mavericks. He’s rising in the ranking of greatest players in NBA history, boosted by career playoff stats that are near the top of the charts.

And, get this: He’s still getting better.

In leading the Mavericks to the Western Conference finals for the first time in five seasons, Nowitzki has shown off the latest innovations to his already extensive “toolbox” of skills, a one-legged step-back jumper that’s almost impossible to block and a left-handed hook shot.

Throw in his consistently improving defense, and perhaps this will be the year Nowitzki and the Mavs discover the thing they’re missing most, a championship.

Dirk, Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and Rick Carlisle talk with 105.3 The Fan at Mavs practice on Wednesday

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