Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki reached an impressive milestone in his Hall of Fame career. The veteran Mavericks forward became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 31,000 points.
The 31k points mark puts him among the all-time greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. Nowitzki is currently trailing Chamberlain, who posted 31,419 points in his storied career.
Nowitzki accomplished the feat by hitting a fadeaway jumper Wednesday night in a narrow loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to the Dallas Morning News, Nowitzki won’t push to pass Chamberlain this season. He reached this point by playing within head coach Rick Carlisle’s system.
“The one thing I didn't want to do is just shoot shots to get a milestone,” Nowitzki said. “I want to play within myself and within the team and be out there as much as I can."
The milestone comes as the bright spot for the Mavericks, who have struggled this season in a competitive Western Conference.
The Mavericks selected Nowitzki with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and he has spent his entire career with the organization. The 7-footer’s other career highlights include an NBA championship in 2011 and an NBA MVP Award in 2007.
The veteran has been solid for Dallas this season, averaging 12.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG. In addition, he is also shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the three-point line, which is well above his career average of 38.3 percent.
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