The last Western Conference All-Star team Nowitzki didn't make was the 2001 edition. Some of the names on that team included Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Michael Finley, Karl Malone, Antonio McDyess, Gary Payton and David Robinson. Kobe Bryant was making his third All-Star appearance that year for the Western Conference.
Nowitzki took part in the 3-Point Contest in 2000 and 2001 when he was not a proper All-Star, so this is only the second time in his 15-year career -- his rookie season and 2012-13 -- that he hasn't taken part in All-Star Weekend.
He missed the Mavericks' first 27 games this season after offseason knee surgery.
TNT's television coverage begins at 6 p.m. CT Sunday, and the game tips off at 7:30.