Dirk Nowitzki is a retired professional basketball from Germany. He played in the National Basketball Association for the Dallas Mavericks.

In 2011, he became an NBA Champion and was named the NBA Finals MVP. Before that, in 2007, he was named the NBA Most Valuable Player. He has also been named an NBA All-Star 14 times. In addition, he was also named the 2017 NBA Teammate of the Year and the 75th NBA Anniversary Team.

Nowitzki also represented Germany internationally and he was named the 2005 FIBA Eurobasket MVP. Before joining the NBA, he was also named the German Bundesliga MVP in 1999.

Position Power Forward
Height / weight 2.13 m / 111 kg
Born 19 Jun 1978
Nationality Germany Germany
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname German Jesus
Team History
217 dallas mavericks Dallas 1998 - 2019
DJK Wurzburg DJK Wurzburg 1994 - 1998

Player Profile and Personal Life

Dirk Werner Nowitzki was born on June 19, 1978, in Würzburg, West Germany. He stands 213 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 111 kg. He shot right-handed and he was a power forward and a center.

His mother Helga Nowitzki played basketball professionally and his father – Jorg-Werner Nowitzki was a handball player. His sister Silke Nowitzki also played basketball and was a track and field athlete.

Nowitzki grew up tall child and initially played handball and tennis.

Career

He started his professional career playing for DJK Würzburg and was there from 1994 to 1998. While there, he was trained under Pit Stahl. Some of the accolades and awards he achieved while playing in the Bundesliga include being named the 1999 Bundesliga MVP. That year, he also led the Bundesliga in scoring.

In addition to Bundesliga career, he also represented Germany internationally. In 2002, helped Germany win the Bronze at the FIBA World Cup. That year, he was named FIBA World Cup MVP. In 2005, Nowitzki helped the team to win the silver during EuroBasket.

Also in 2005, he was named Mister Europa Player of the Year. He was also named the Euroscar Player of the Year six times. In addition, he was named the FIBA Europe Men’s Player of the Year twice – in 2005 and 2011.

Nowitzki joined the NBA in 1998 and was a first-round pick during the 1998 NBA Draft, selected by the Dallas Mavericks. It took him some time to find his stride in the NBA. He was not named an NBA All-Star until 2002. He would be named an All-Star 11 times in total.

In 2007, he hit a sort of breakthrough in his NBA career. That year, he was also named the NBA Most Valuable Player. In 2006, he won the NBA Three-Point Contest.

In 2011, he helped the Mavericks win the NBA Championship and he was also named the NBA Finals MVP. In 2017, he was named the NBA Teammate of the Year.

He retired from the NBA in 2019. Later, the Mavericks would retire jersey number 41 in his honor. He would also be named to the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2020, he was given the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. The Germany National Team also retired jersey Number 14 in his honor.

Career Highlights

  • 2011 - NBA champion
  • 2011 - NBA Finals MVP
  • 2007 - NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 2002–2012, 2014, 2015, 2019 - NBA All-Star
  • 2005–2007, 2009 - All-NBA First Team
  • 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 2001, 2004, 2012 - All-NBA Third Team
  • 2007 - 50–40–90 club
  • 2006 - NBA Three-Point Contest champion
  • 2017 - NBA Teammate of the Year

  • NBA 75th Anniversary Team
  • No. 41 retired by the Dallas Mavericks

  • 1999 - German Bundesliga MVP
  • 1999 - German Bundesliga Top Scorer
  • 2002 - FIBA World Cup MVP
  • 2002, 2006 - FIBA World Cup Top Scorer
  • 2005 - FIBA EuroBasket MVP
  • 2001, 2005, 2007 - FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer
  • 2002 - All-FIBA World Cup Team
  • 2020 - FIBA EuroBasket Dream Team
  • 2002–2006, 2011 - Euroscar Player of the Year
  • 2005, 2011 - FIBA Europe Men’s Player of the Year
  • 2003–2011, 2013, 2014 - All-Europeans First Team
  • 2005–2011, 2013, 2014 - All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year
  • 2005 - Mister Europa Player of the Year
  • 2011 - Silbernes Lorbeerblatt
  • 2011 - German Sports Personality of the Year
  • 2020 - Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award

  • No. 14 retired by the German National Team

Career Statistics

  • Points - 31,560 (20.7 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 11,489 (7.5 rpg)
  • Assists - 3,651 (2.4 apg)

  • Basketball Hall of Fame as a Player

Medal record, Men’s basketball, Representing Germany

  • Bronze - 2002 World Cup Indianapolis
  • Silver - 2005 EuroBasket Serbia and Montenegro

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