Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Joins Elite Company on Top 10 All-Time Scorer’s List

+Read full article
Dirk Nowitzki Oscar Robertson

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

It has taken nearly 16 years for Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki to join the elite company of NBA legends, but it was well worth the wait.

Nowitzki scored a game-high 21 points in a win over the Utah Jazz Tuesday night, which was enough to surpass the great Oscar Robertson and make it into the top 10 all-time scorer’s list. With 26,714 career points in 1,185 games, Nowitzki is just 232 points behind legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon to move up to ninth place. Ironically, that’s exactly how much he will need in order to become No. 1 on the list of the most points scored by an international player in NBA history.

The 35-year-old converted 81.8 percent (9-for-11) of his shots from the field as the Mavericks dominated the Jazz 95-83 in Utah. The basket that moved Nowitzki into the top 10 occurred on a mid-ranger jumper in the fourth quarter.

Needless to say, Nowitzki is very excited to be in a category that contains NBA greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. What he may not fully realize is that he absolutely deserves to be on the list. Nowitzki has been a dynamic and an efficient player who has single-handedly given the Mavericks far more success than they could have achieved without him. He will forever be known as one of the greats, regardless of how far he climbs up the scorer’s list.

As thrilled as Nowitzki is about achieving greatness, he might be more enthusiastic about Dallas being in contention for a playoff spot. The Mavericks currently sit in the seventh seed in the Western Conference with three games to play.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Dirk Nails Game-Winner, Gets Love From Kobe

Kobe Bryant wasn't able to lace up for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, but he still managed to make the highlight reels on multiple occasions. After Dirk Nowitzki nailed what turned out to be the game-winning jumper, he stumbled backward into Bryant and received a pat of approval. This encounter is the definition of the saying 'game recognizes game' as the two players are both legends and future Hall of Famers.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Josh Smith Fakes Dirk Nowitzki Out of His Shoes

Josh Smith has returned to the Houston Rockets via trade, and he made the most of his first game back. He scored 16 points off the bench, including this drive on Dirk Nowitzki that made Smith look like Hakeem Olajuwon. Could Ty Lawson and Josh Smith be the spark duo off the bench that rejuvenates this Rockets team?

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Nowitzki Spoof Trump In Hilarious Ad

Although he may not look like it, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is one of the funniest guys in the NBA. He was up to his old tricks again in this video, and I couldn't stop laughing after watching this.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Kings' Rondo Attempt To Trip Mavs' Williams

Last night's game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks was one of the most entertaining of the season. It was a back-and-forth contest that ended on a Deron Williams three-pointer as time expired in double-overtime. Unfortunately, Williams almost didn't get to take that shot as Rajon Rondo attempted to trip him from the bench earlier in the game which could have caused serious injury. Rondo should be suspended for his actions.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Deron Williams Hits Game-Winning 3 In Double OT

The Sacramento Kings had a two-point lead in double overtime against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday evening, but Deron Williams came through with a clutch three as time expired to cement a one-point victory.

Comment 0 Comments