Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki joins elite company in scoring 30,000th point of his career
Echoes of “Dirk” rang through American Airlines Center Tuesday night as Dirk Nowitzki scored the 30,000th point of his illustrious NBA career. One minute and two seconds into the second quarter, Nowitzki hit a baseline jumper over Larry Nance Jr. that put him with elite company, as he becomes just the 6th member of the 30,000 point club.
Nowitzki, now in his 19th NBA season, has spent his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks. After a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks back in 1998, little did anyone know what was in store for the Mavericks franchise and Dirk, himself.
Nowitzki has lead the Mavericks to 15 playoff seasons, two NBA Finals and lead the franchise to their only NBA championship in 2011.
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The 30,000 point plateau only adds to the impressive accomplishments of the guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer. Nowitzki leads the Mavericks all-time stats leaders in many categories.
He is a 13-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, as well as the first European to receive the MVP award (2007).
As Dallas enters a rebuilding phase of the franchise, Dirk has stood strong in his leadership and desire to spend his entire career with the Mavericks.
Nowitzki has said he plans to play a 20th season which would tie him with Kobe Bryant for longest tenure with one franchise.
A strong end to this season as well as a healthy, successful season could move him past Wilt Chamberlin, who he trails by1,414 points, to move into 5th place all-time.
Whenever Dirk Nowitzki does decided to hang it up, he will be solidified as NBA legend. We are all lucky as fans to have witnessed his journey and his remarkable career.