Dirk Nowitzki

There were a lot of people shaking their heads when the Dallas Mavericks engineered a draft day trade that would see them get Dirk Nowitzki, who was chosen ninth overall and as a rookie, the German struggled to make the jump from the Second Tier of the Bundesliga to the NBA in his rookie season, but in his second campaign he was the runner-up for the Most Improved Player of the Year and in his third season he would begin a 12-year streak of 20 Points per Game and would have another one the year after the run ended.

Nowitzki would also be named an All-NBA Selection 12 times, with his greatest individual award coming in the 2006/07 Season where he was named the Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player to do so.  More importantly, for fans of the Mavericks, he would lead his team to their first NBA Championship in 2011, defeating the highly favored Miami Heat.

At the time of his retirement, he was sixth all-time in Points, seventh in Defensive Rebounds, and his 21 years with the Mavs make him the only player ever to play that many years for only one team.  Nowitzki is the most celebrated European basketball player of all-time and the biggest reason why every NBA franchise scouts Europe so fervently.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Wurzburg, Germany
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2023
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Dallas Mavericks
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 9th Overall in 1998
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    MVP (2007)

    NBA Finals MVP (2011)

    All-NBA First Team (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2009)

    All-NBA Second Team (2002, 2003, 2008, 2010 & 2011)

    All-NBA Third Team (2001, 2004 & 2012)

    NBA All-Star Teams (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2019)

    Teammate of the Year (2017)

    Most 2 Point Field Goal Attempts (2010)

    Highest PER (2006)

    Most Offensive Win Shares (2006 & 2007)

    Most Win Shares (2006 & 2007)

    NBA Champion (Dallas Mavericks, 2011)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (2008-09 & 2009-10)

    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (6) (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 & 2009-10)

    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (6) (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 & 2009-10)

    Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goals (2) (2000-01 & 2002-03)

    Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goals (1) (2000-01)

    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (10) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2011-12)

    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Attempts (6) (2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09 & 2009-10)

    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (9) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 & 2008-09)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (3) (2001-02, 2002-03 & 2004-05)

    Top Ten Finishes: Points (11) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2011-12)

    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (12) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15 & 2015-16)

    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (1) (2004-05)

    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (10) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2011-12)

    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (3) (2001-02, 2002-03 & 2004-05)

    Top Ten Finishes: PER (11) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2013-14)

    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (11) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2010-11)

    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (4) (2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07 & 2007-08)

    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (6) (2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 3. Games Played: 1,522
    3. Minutes Played: 51,368
    6. Free Throws: 7,240
    6. Points: 31,560
    7. Field Goal Attempts: 23,734
    7. Defensive Rebounds: 10,021
    8. Win Shares: 206.3
    9. Field Goals: 11,169
    11. Three-Point Field Goals: 1,982
    13. Three-Point Field Goal Attempts: 5,210
    16. Free Throw Percentage: .879
    18. Free Throw Attempts: 8,239
    19. VORP: 66.3
    27. Rebounds: 10,021
    29. PER: 22.4
    47. Points per Game: 20.7
    52. Blocks: 1,281
    66. Box Plus/Minus
    89. Steals: 1,210

Should Dirk Nowitzki be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 97.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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