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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany runs up court after scoring a basket in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
It’s impressive and a testament to his professional approach that he’s doing what he’s doing after so many years and continuing to do it effectively. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder

SALT LAKE CITY – Dirk Nowitzki is certainly not the elite player he once was early on in his professional career, but the NBA veteran is still on the Utah Jazz’s radar tonight.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder addressed the media ahead of his team's game against the Dallas Mavericks Monday with high praise for the future Hall of Famer.

“He’s a killer,” said Snyder, who is celebrating his 51st birthday Monday. “He’s such a winner and that never changes with his ability to shoot the ball and make plays.”

Nowitzki, 39, is currently in his 19th NBA season – all with Dallas.

The seven-footer is posting the second-lowest scoring average of his career (10.1 points) through the first seven games of the season, but Snyder is still a fan of the German he first saw back in 1998.

“It’s impressive and a testament to his professional approach that he’s doing what he’s doing after so many years and continuing to do it effectively,” Snyder said.

The Mavericks have lost two straight while the Jazz enter the second of a four-game home stretch.

Utah (3-3) will tip off against Dallas (1-6) at 7 p.m. tonight at Vivint Arena.