Dirk Nowitzki has added another feather to his cap. The Dallas Mavericks legend has moved past Shaquille O’Neal at No. 6 in the all-time scoring list.
Nowitzki achieved the feat during the Mavericks’ road game against Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The German got to the milestone with a trademark mid-range jumper over Andrea Bargnani with 9:51 remaining in the second quarter.
Prior to the game, Nowitzki said it was surreal that he was mentioned in the same sentence as O’Neal. “He’s (O’Neal) probably the most dominant big man to ever play this game, so it’s kind of surreal that I’m up there amongst these all-time greats. For a kid leaving Germany originally over 18 years ago, we didn’t know what to expect. It’s been an amazing ride,” said the Mavs legend.
O’Neal finished up with 28,596 points. Nowitzki entered the game needing only 10 points to surpass the fellow great. By moving past O’Neal, Nowitzki is one spot behind Wilt Chamberlain who finished with 31,419 points. Dirk Nowitzki, 37, would need to play at least another two full seasons to match or surpass Chamberlain’s tally of points. Nowitzki’s contract expires following the 2016-17 season.
As fate would have it, Nowitzki moved past the late Moses Malone for seventh on the scoring list during last season, also in a road game in Brookyln. It’s safe to say that he would need to play a lot more than another season to surpass Chamberlain.
How many more records can Dirk Nowitzki amass? Can he win another championship? For a 37-year-old, Nowitzki still has a spring in his step, averaging an impressive 17.3 points and 7 rebounds at this late juncture of his career.
Dirk Nowitzki’s No 41 jersey will be retired by the Mavericks at end of his illustrious career. Nowitzki, like fellow greats Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, has had the distinct honor of playing for one team throughout his career.