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MetroMan
01-11-2012, 03:11 PM
http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4683368/dirk-closes-in-on-23k-points-top-20-all-time

The milestones are coming fast and furious for Dirk Nowitzki. Through the first 10 games, he has already reached 8,000 career field goals, 1,200 career 3-pointers and he played in his 1,000th career game.

Tonight against the Boston Celtics, the 7-footer needs 19 points to reach 23,000 in his illustrious career. Nowitzki currently sits 23rd all-time in the NBA with 22,981 points. Another 354 points and Nowitzki will pass Boston Celtics great Robert Parrish and move into the top 20.

Nowitzki's scoring average this season is down at 18.9 points, but his minutes, 31.0 a game, are also being closely monitored because of the nature of the compacted schedule. He busted out of a two-game, 5-of-22 slump by hitting 9-of-10 shots for 18 points Tuesday night in the 100-86 win at Detroit.

"We all had a feeling that he was going to play a great game because the way the schedule is set up these last couple of days," coach Rick Calrisle said, nothing the Mavs had two days off before Tuesday's game after playing six games in eight nights.

Can Nowitzki get the 19 points tonight to become the 23rd player in NBA history to notch 23,000 points? Odds are good considering Boston's TD Garden is like a second home to him. Nowitzki's 27.8 scoring average there is his highest at any NBA venue and is the second-highest for any player there behind Michael Jordan's 29.3 average, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Also, Nowitzki's 27.4 career scoring average against the Celtics is his personal highest against a single team. He has the second-highest career scoring average against Boston among active players.

Here's some additional Dirk scoring tidbits:

* He passed Hal Greer (21,586), Larry Bird (21,791), Gary Payton (21,813) and Clyde Drexler (22,195) on the all-time scoring list in 2010-11.

* He ranks third among active players in career scoring, trailing only Kobe Bryant (28,192) and Kevin Garnett (23,426).

* Only three other players born outside of the U.S. have more career points than the 7-footer from Germany: Hakeem Olajuwon (26,946, born in Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (26,668, born in France) and Patrick Ewing (24,815, born in Jamaica).

* Nowitzki reached the 20,000-point mark during the 2009-10 season, becoming the first European-born player to achieve the milestone.




1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Michael Jordan 32,292
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5 Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
6 KOBE BRYANT 28,192
7 Moses Malone 27,409
8 Elvin Hayes 27,313
9 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
10 Oscar Robertson 26,710
11 Dominique Wilkins 26,668
12 John Havlicek 26,395
13 Alex English 25,613
14 Reggie Miller 25,279
15 Jerry West 25,192
16 Patrick Ewing 24,815
17 Allen Iverson 24,368
18 Charles Barkley 23,757
19 KEVIN GARNETT 23,426
20 Robert Parish 23,334
21 Adrian Dantley 23,177
22 Elgin Baylor 23,149
23 DIRK NOWITZKI 22,981



Lebron James : 17,629

shep33
01-11-2012, 03:12 PM
Good stuff from the Dirkster :clap:

GrapeSoda
01-11-2012, 03:21 PM
Impressive, where do you guys think he will end up on the all time scoring list?

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Michael Jordan 32,292
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5 Shaquille O'Neal 28,596
6 KOBE BRYANT 28,192
7 Moses Malone 27,409
8 Elvin Hayes 27,313
9 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
10 Oscar Robertson 26,710
11 Dominique Wilkins 26,668
12 John Havlicek 26,395
13 Alex English 25,613
14 Reggie Miller 25,279
15 Jerry West 25,192
16 Patrick Ewing 24,815
17 Allen Iverson 24,368
18 Charles Barkley 23,757
19 KEVIN GARNETT 23,426
20 Robert Parish 23,334
21 Adrian Dantley 23,177
22 Elgin Baylor 23,149
23 DIRK NOWITZKI 22,981

Ebbs
01-11-2012, 03:30 PM
I think he will get to 13 passing Alex English. But who knows hard to gauge how long he can play and how long he can play at a high level.

MFFL==FML
01-11-2012, 06:22 PM
For sure he is breaking top 10 when he finally retires. I see him being 4th to 5th to be honest.

LTBaByyy
01-11-2012, 06:26 PM
And he still has 8 more years in him BC of his playing style and work ethic

He has only missed like 16 games in his whole career I believe? Could be wrong

Bruno
01-11-2012, 06:31 PM
great accomplishment by Dirk. good stuff.

GrapeSoda
01-11-2012, 07:22 PM
And he still has 8 more years in him BC of his playing style and work ethic

He has only missed like 16 games in his whole career I believe? Could be wrong

Ya .. you are wrong hes missed a lot more than 16 ;)