Dirk Nowitzki has bumped the “Big O” out of the top 10 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Nowitzki became the 10th-leading scorer in NBA history with a 21-point performance on 9-of-11 shooting in the Dallas Mavericks’ win Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz, giving him 26,714 points in his career. Nowitzki passed Oscar Robertson, who finished his Hall of Fame career with 26,710 points, when he swished a midrange jumper on the Mavs’ first possession of the fourth quarter.
“It’s definitely surreal, passing the Big O and only nine guys ever in this league scored more than me,” said Nowitzki, who has averaged 22.5 points per game and made 12 All-Star appearances during his career. “That’s crazy to think. From where I came from, a little dump in Wurzburg, Germany, it’s been an amazing ride. Hopefully I can have a couple more good years and see where I end up.”
Nowitzki, a 16-year veteran who has played his entire career with the Mavericks, has passed Jerry West, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Miller, Alex English and John Havlicek this season. ESPN
What an accomplishment. Nowitzki’s greatness will never be questioned thanks to the ring he won in the 2011 NBA Finals, but he would have been one of the greatest players of all-time even without a title to his name. He is one of the greatest shooters in the history of the game whose prowess opened the floodgates of international players entering the league in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
It’s an honor to watch him play and we should appreciate that unblockable step jumper while we still have an opportunity to do so. – AL
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