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Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki in 2019
Personal information
Born June 19, 1978 (1978-06-19) (age 42)
Würzburg, West Germany
Nationality German
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1994–2019
Career history
1994–1998 DJK Würzburg
1998–2019 Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA Champion (2011)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2011)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2007)
  • 14× NBA All-Star (2002–2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)
  • 4× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007, 2009)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • 3× All-NBA Third Team (2001, 2004, 2012)
  • 50–40–90 club (2007)
  • NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2006)
  • NBA Teammate of the Year (2017)
  • BBL Most Valuable Player (1999)
  • BBL Top Scorer (1999)
  • FIBA World Championship MVP (2002)
  • FIBA EuroBasket MVP (2005)
  • 3× FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer (2001, 2005, 2007)
  • 6× Euroscar Player of the Year (2002–2006, 2011)
  • 2× FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year (2005, 2011)
  • 11× All-Europeans First Team (2003–2011, 2013, 2014)
  • 9× All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year (2005–2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Mister Europa Player of the Year (2005)
  • Silbernes Lorbeerblatt (2011)
  • German Sports Personality of the Year (2011)
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award (2020)
Career statistics
Points 31,560 (20.7 ppg)
Rebounds 11,489 (7.5 rpg)
Assists 3,651 (2.4 apg)
Stats at NBA.com

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978 in Würzburg, Germany; pronounced durk VER-ner nah-VIT-skee) is a former German basketball player. He played for the Dallas Mavericks in the United States' National Basketball Association's (NBA).

Nowitzki started playing in the NBA in 1998. He is only the second player who was born in Germany to play in the Finals.

He is a 12-time NBA All Star. Nowitkzi won the 2006-07 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. The Mavericks, led by Nowitzki, defeated the Miami Heat 4-2 in the 2011 NBA Finals. In addition to performing very well in general in the Finals, his 101-degree fever in Game 4 didn't stop him from scoring the winning basket to tie the series 2-2. This amazing feat is a lot like when Michael Jordan played well despite the flu in the 1997 Finals against the Utah Jazz. Dirk's jersey number is 41.


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