Inspired by Charles Barkley’s claim that Dirk Nowitzki is that dude, I decided to officially rank players on an arbitrary ten levels of dudeness based on popular culture. I present: The Weekly Dude Rankings.
So far, Chuck is right in that Dirk is that dude. Anyone who can lead their team to sweep the former champs rightfully deserves that distinction. Dirk is one of the most consistent scorers ever to play the game and does so without the fame or glory. No complaints; just does his job and does it well. Also joining Dirk is Jason Terry who pushed himself up to the #2 spot after scoring 32 points on the Lakers and advancing the Mavs to the Western Conference Finals. Peja: you’re almost there.
Other dudes of note: Z-Bo so far in the playoffs, Rondo’s one-armed performance, Josh Smith’s near triple-double and tying up the series, as well as Derrick Rose for his 44 points on Game 3 and receiving the MVP award.
Guys who fell from being that dude: Russell Westbrook for thinking he’s Derrick Rose and forgetting that Durant is on his team, Kevin Durant for being too mellow and not demanding the ball, and Kobe Bryant for not stepping up and letting his team get swept.
Guys who might never be that dude: Chris Bosh (well, obviously), Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum after his freakout. It should also be noted that Bynum builds computers for fun and is a huge nerd.
Find out next week if Dirk can keep his Dude status intact or if someone can knock him off. Since the Mavs won’t have any games coming up in a while, I’m sure two guys in Miami can pretty easily take that spot.