In an article on espn.com, Rick Carlisle recently stated, "In my opinion, [Dirk's] a top 10 player in NBA history because of the uniqueness of his game and how he's carried this franchise on his back for over a decade."
I'm sorry, but Dirk Nowitzki is not one of the 10 best players in NBA history. Here's the unequivocal top 9 players in history (in no particular order):
For Dirk to get that last spot, he'd have to be better than Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Moses Malone, and Jerry West. He's not. I don't think that he'll end up better than Baylor or Erving. Add in guys like Karl Malone, LeBron and Kevin Garnett and Dirk's clearly not top 10. In the hardcover edition of The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons ranked Dirk at 37 all-time. The 2009 edition of Slam Magazine doesn't even have Dirk in the top 50. So no, Dirk is not one of the top 10 players of all-time.