The last time team Germany had a good winning record in WORLD CUP was in 2002 where DIRK NOWITZKI on his prime years, they finished as a third placer.
“If everybody is healthy, then the DBB (German Basketball Federation) has assembled a great young group. With Daniel Theis, with Maxi (Kleber), with Dennis (Schroder) – that is a super exciting generation,” the 40-year-old said.
Daniel Theis a center with the Boston Celtics who averages 6 points, 4 rebounds at 55% from the field in 51 games this season could be a great piece for the National Team. Maxi Kleber also from Dallas Mavericks a good power forward who lead the team in blocks with 1.2 per game and 7 points per game and 5 rebounds can contribute well.
Dennis Schroder is playing well with Russel Westbrook in Oklahoma City Thunder and a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year Award. He is third on the team in scoring and second in assist. Maybe Paul Zipzer will play once healthy, who injured in a game against the Israel.
“Hopefully Paul Zipser is fit again soon too,” Nowitzki said.
“It’s been fun observing the positive development,” said Nowitzki, who played at two World Cups (2002 and 2006).
“The guys have to fight through it and see how the tournament goes. I definitely believe the team has enough weapons,” said Nowitzki, who last played for the national team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.
The main weapon, according to Nowitzki, will be the Oklahoma City Thunder star Schroder.
“Especially if Dennis plays a super tournament, then everything is possible,” he said.
Nowitzki hopes Germany can perform well enough to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Games and experience the Olympics, something he did in 2008, when he was Germany’s flag-bearer in Beijing.
“It would be a really great thing and an important step also for the federation to qualify for the Olympics,” Nowitzki noted. “Hopefully the guys play a great World Cup and fulfil this dream.”
Dirk Nowitzki, 2007 NBA MVP and 2011 Finals MVP in his twilight of his career maybe retire at the end of the season.
He Surpassed legend Wilt Chamberlain in scoring last week.