German Rival

Dunking Like Nowitzki

Two Germans, with different styles but similar ambitions, rock the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki is shown on the left, Dennis Schroder on the right.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Mr. Schroder is a promising young player from Germany who after only two years has already become a key player with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA league.

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    • Dennis Schroder joined the Atlanta Hawks two years ago and is currently earning $1.69 million per season.
    • His country-man Dirk Nowitzki, 35, is currently playing his 16th season in the NBA with his longtime team, the Dallas Mavericks.
    • Mr. Schroder’s team has won the two recent games against Mr. Nowitzki’s Mavericks.
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Dirk Nowitzki looked a bit drained after the game. His team, the Dallas Mavericks, had just lost 87-104 against the Atlanta Hawks. The German basketball star had scored only four points last Thursday.

“Man, Dennis was really good today,” the 36-year-old player said as he sat down on the bench in the locker room.

Dennis Schroder is a point guard with the Atlanta Hawks. He has outperformed  Mr. Nowitzki in their past two encounters on the court. “I don’t know why but he’s at the top of his game when he plays against us,” Mr. Nowitzki said.

Mr. Schroder has made it no secret that he’s particularly motivated when he competes against his fellow German.

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