52 Facts About Dirk Nowitzki

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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3. Dirk Nowitzki was a former student of Rontgen Gymnasium and the DJK Wurzburg basketball club.

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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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5. Dirk Nowitzki took up basketball relatively late in life, at age 13.

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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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8. Dirk Nowitzki made life easier for me and I for him.

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9. Dirk Nowitzki is good friends with his ex-teammate Steve Nash.

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10. Dirk Nowitzki acknowledged close ties to his mentor Holger Geschwindner, whom he called his best friend.

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11. In 2010, Dirk Nowitzki met and began dating Jessica Olsson, sister of twin Swedish footballers Martin Olsson and Marcus Olsson.

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12. Dirk Nowitzki dated Sybille Gerer, a female basketball player from his local club DJK Wurzburg.

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13. Dirk Nowitzki founded the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, a charity which aims at fighting poverty in Africa.

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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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15. Dirk Nowitzki averages just over one block per game and never made an All-Defense Team.

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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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18. In January 2016, Dirk Nowitzki officially announced his retirement from Germany's national team.

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19. In Summer 2011, Dirk Nowitzki played with Germany in the EuroBasket 2011, where the team reached ninth place.

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20. Dirk Nowitzki was chosen to be the flag bearer for the German Olympic Team at the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Olympics.

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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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22. Dirk Nowitzki was the leading scorer with 24.0 points per game.

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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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24. Dirk Nowitzki began playing for the German national basketball team in 1997.

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25. Dirk Nowitzki became the 5th player in NBA history to play 21 seasons, tying an NBA record.

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26. On July 6, 2017, Dirk Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks on a two-year, $10 million contract.

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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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29. Dirk Nowitzki was reunited with former championship teammate Tyson Chandler, who was traded to Dallas after a 3-year stint with New York.

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30. On July 15, 2014, Dirk Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks to a reported three-year, $25 million contract.

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31. Dirk Nowitzki returned on December 23, 2012, in a game against San Antonio.

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32. Dirk Nowitzki made his 11th straight All-Star game appearance in Orlando.

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33. Dirk Nowitzki became one of only 3 players in NBA history with at least 1,000 3-pointers and blocks, joining Clifford Robinson and Rasheed Wallace.

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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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35. Dirk Nowitzki was injured in the middle of the season, during which the Mavericks recorded their worst losing streak in over a decade.

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36. Dirk Nowitzki was selected to the 2010 All-Star Game, his ninth appearance.

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37. Dirk Nowitzki made the 2009 All-Star game, his eighth appearance.

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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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40. Dirk Nowitzki described that loss as a low point in his career: "This series, I couldn't put my stamp on it the way I wanted to.

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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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42. Dirk Nowitzki commented: "I don't know how the ball went in.

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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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52. Dirk Nowitzki has led the Mavericks to 15 NBA playoff appearances, including the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006 and its only NBA championship in 2011.

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