Dirk’s the latest member of the 30,000 club

Dirk’s the latest member of the 30,000 club


In his 19th season,Dirk Nowitzki added to his already Hall of Fame legacy on Tuesday night. He became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the only men in NBA history to reach that milestone. The Mavericks living legend came into their game against the Los Angeles Lakers needing just 20 points to achieve the feat. Nowitzki did so in the second quarter with his signature fade away with Larry Nance Jr.

Nowitzki was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks,  just behind Mike Bibby, Vince Carter, Jason Williams, and one pick in front of Paul Pierce. The Bucks ended up trading Nowitzki and Pat Garrity to the Dallas Mavericks in return for Robert “Tractor” Traylor. They then traded Garrity in a package deal to the Phoenix Suns for future Hall Of Famer Steve Nash and the rest is history.

Dirk is regarded as one of the greatest power forwards of all time, a member of the select  50-40-90 club. Joining a very select group of players who have had a shooting percentage at or above 50% for field goals, 40% for three-pointers, and 90% for free throws during an entire NBA regular season. This club includes the likes of  Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry. Nowitzki is the 17th player in NBA history and the first European, to reach the 25,000-point mark.  He’s also the Mavericks all-time leader in points, rebounds, field goals, field goal attempts, 3-pointers, 3-point attempts, free throws, and free-throw attempts.

Nowitzki has made the NBA All-Star game thirteen times and the All-NBA Teams twelve times. He was voted NBA MVP of the 2006–07 NBA season, becoming the first European player to receive the honor. He was the MVP of the 2011 NBA Finals bringing the Mavs their first championship in team history. Other achievements include winning the 2006 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout and MVP of the 2002 FIBA World Championship, and EuroBasket 2005 tournaments.

Things haven’t been great for the Mavericks since winning that title in 2011, they’re trying to get back to that level. Dirk reaching this milestone is surely a nice moment or a break from reality to celebrate a man who has been nothing but legendary for that organization.

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