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Dirk Nowitzki’s 25,000th point came on a very Nowitzki shot (VIDEO)

Apr 15, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

Outside of scoring this on a one-legged fade-away from the elbow, this was about the most Dirk Nowitzki way to get his 25,000 point.

He’s 20 feet out from the rim, faces up on Robin Lopez, takes a couple jab steps to create just enough space, then takes a rainbow-arc jumper that finds the bottom of the net. Lopez didn’t defend this poorly — he got his man to take a long, contested two point jumper. But it’s Dirk, so it fell and he looked good doing it.

You keep reading from advanced stats guys (and guys who believe that there is real value in the numbers, such as myself) that the long two-point jumper is the worst shot in basketball. It is. It has a lower percentage chance of going in than other two pointers and you don’t get the bonus of the extra point if you take a step back. For you kids reading this at home, don’t take that shot. But there are exceptions to every rule, there are guys who can make a living on those shots. Nowitzki is one of them. He will destroy you from there. He’s made a Hall of Fame career out of it.

Hat tip to SLAM for the video.

  1. mazblast - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    It’s not a bad shot if it goes in.

    Congratulations, Dirk!

  2. andrewproughcfe - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    >” there are guys who can make a living on those shots. Nowitzki is one of them. He will destroy you from there. He’s made a Hall of Fame career out of it.”

    Did you mean to say that Dirk “punked Lebron and Wade in a championship series with those shots”? Yeah, I thought you did.

    Pretty soon, you’ll be watching Melo punk Lebron and Wade in a seven game series with similar shots.

  3. daddyghi - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    My man dirk! i appreciate this one, Kurt! Thanks for posting something about my idol!

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