Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who was born in Wurzburg, West Germany on 19th June 1978. Currently, he is along with Dallas Mavericks as a Power forward using Jersey No. 41. He has a height of 7 feet and weight of 245 pounds.
Dirk was a member of the All-NBA teams eight times and of the NBA All-Star seven times. In the history of the NBA, he is the first European-born player to be honored with the NBA Most Valuable Player award. He holds many Mavericks franchise records and is the first Maverick to be voted to an All-NBA team. He became “European Basketball Player of the Year” by Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian sports newspaper, for five consecutive years. He was voted as FIBA European Basketball player of the year in 2005.
Since the 1999 FIBA European championships, Dirk has been playing for the Germany national basketball team. In this debut tournament, he became the main German scorer. In the 2001 FIBA European Championships, Dirk became the top scorer with 28.7 ppg. He narrowly lost the most valuable player vote to Peja Stojakovic.
In the 2002 World Championships, during the quarter finals, Dirk scored 10 points in the final quarter and led the German team to a 70-62 win. In the consolation finals, Germany bet New Zealand and Dirk was the tournament top scorer with 24 ppg and was voted the most valuable player. In the 2004 European Championships, Dirk suffered a foot injury and hence had a scarcity of focus and dominance.
During the 2005 FIBA European Championships, Dirk led a depleted German team to the finals. On the way, the Germans defeated favorites Slovenia in the quarter-finals and Spain in the semi-finals. Against Slovenia, Dirk scored a game high 22 points and against Spain, a game-high of 27 points. Although the Germans lost the finals to the Greeks, Dirk played impressively. He was the leading scorer of the tournament with 26.7 ppg, the second-leading rebounder with 10.8 rpg and shot blocker with 1.8 bpg. Additionally, Dirk was voted the most valuable player of the tournament. During the 2006 FIBA World Championships, Dirk led the German team to the eighth place.