The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki to a 1-year, $5 million contract, making him the longest-tenured player with a franchise in NBA history. By returning to the Mavericks for a 21st season, Nowitzki will pass Kobe Bryant, who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 13-time All-Star brought Dallas an elusive championship and has been a worldwide ambassador for the game. To date, Nowitzki has played 1,471 games and averaged 21.2 PPG and 7.7 RPG.
In many ways, Nowitzki was a pioneer for the modern-day NBA. He emerged as one of the first big men to specialize in a perimeter game, becoming increasingly proficient at shooting three-pointers.
Nowitzki is the Mavericks’ career leader in points, rebounds, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, blocks, games, starts and minutes.
The Mavericks selected Nowitzki with the No. 9 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. His presence will not only help Dallas on the floor, but he can serve as a mentor to international phenom Luka Doncic, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in June’s NBA Draft.
According to the NY Times, the 2018-19 campaign will likely be Nowitzki’s last season in the NBA. It remains to be seen what role he will take, as he continued to start games in the 2017-18 season.
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