1. On December 18, 2011, Dirk Nowitzki was named the 2011 German Sports Personality of the Year for the very first time.
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2. Dirk Nowitzki is the sole player sized at least 7 feet to win the Three-Point Shootout.
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4. Dirk Nowitzki struggled while adjusting to the NBA's level of play during his rookie season, but he doubled his scoring average in his second season and was chosen for the All-Star Game in his fourth.
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6. Dirk Nowitzki is setting an NBA record for the longest career spent with only one team as he enters his 21st season with the Mavericks.
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7. Dirk Nowitzki is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder.
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9. Dirk Nowitzki is good friends with his ex-teammate Steve Nash.
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14. Dirk Nowitzki is the sixth player in NBA history, and the first European, to hit the 30,000-point milestone.
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16. Dirk Nowitzki has had 14 elimination games where he scored 30 or more points, which ties him with Jerry West for most all time.
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17. Dirk Nowitzki was named the Euroscar European Basketball Player of the Year by the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport for five years running from 2002 to 2006 and again in 2011.
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21. Dirk Nowitzki led Germany into a decisive match against Puerto Rico for the last remaining slot.
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23. Dirk Nowitzki finally earned his first medal when he led Germany to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
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27. Dirk Nowitzki appeared in one more before sitting out 14 straight with further Achilles tendon issues, this time on his right foot.
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28. Dirk Nowitzki appeared in just three of the Mavericks' first 13 games of the season due to illness and a strained left Achilles tendon.
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31. Dirk Nowitzki returned on December 23, 2012, in a game against San Antonio.
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34. Dirk Nowitzki blocked a shot by the Celtics' Avery Bradley, which was his 1,000th block.
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38. Dirk Nowitzki was fourth in the league in scoring, and garnered his fourth All-NBA First Team selection.
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39. Dirk Nowitzki became the first European player in NBA history to receive the honor.
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41. Dirk Nowitzki was touted as the overwhelming favorite for the Most Valuable Player award, and was expected to lead the Mavericks to an easy win against the eighth-seed Golden State Warriors, despite the Warriors having won all three regular-season meetings against Dallas.
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43. Dirk Nowitzki was again elected to the first team All-NBA squad.
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44. On December 2, 2004, Dirk Nowitzki scored 53 points in an overtime win against the Houston Rockets, a career best.
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45. Dirk Nowitzki became the first Maverick ever to be voted into the All-NBA squads, making the Third Team.
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46. Dirk Nowitzki lauded Cuban, stating that he "created the perfect environment.
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47. Dirk Nowitzki finished his DJK career as the only Wurzburg player to have ever made the NBA.
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48. Dirk Nowitzki impressed with a combination of quickness, ball handling, and shooting range, and from that moment a multitude of European and NBA clubs wanted to recruit him.
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49. Dirk Nowitzki led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and silver in EuroBasket 2005, and was the leading scorer and MVP in both tournaments.
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50. Dirk Nowitzki is the first Maverick voted onto an All-NBA Team and holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records.
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51. Dirk Nowitzki is the sixth player to achieve over 30,000 regular-season points and is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history.
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