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Dirk Nowitzki reaches 26,000 points in career (VIDEO)

Jan 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki is going to go down as one of the great scorers in NBA history — a 7-footer with a high release that was unblockable, a guy who could score at the rim or bury the three ball. And his one-legged fadeaway was unstoppable.

Wednesday night he passed the 26,000 point mark in his career, becoming only the 13th player in the history of the league to eclipse that mark. He didn’t do it with a fadeaway, rather an and-one off an offensive rebound.

In a few years Nowitzki is going to be gone from this league, and we’re going to miss him.

  1. edwardemanuelson - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Well done, Dirk! Much respect from this Spurs fan.

    • apkyletexas - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      I’m a huge Spurs fan, but that 2011 championship run by Dirk and Terry and Marion and Chandler and crew over the Heat dream-team was one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in sports in my lifetime.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    And he’s a 7 footer who makes his free throws.

    He’s currently in 13th place on the list for the highest all time free throw percentage.

    He’s scored over 6,300 points from the line. In a game or two, he’ll move into 11th place on the list of the most made free throws in league history.

    • genericcommenter - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Great point. Out of curiosity, I just looked at Shaq’s career, and (not to pick on him too much, as he was an all-time great elite player) if he shot free throws like Dirk he would have scored almost 4000 more points during his career. He would have 2000 or so more points with just a somewhat OK %.

      • sportsfan18 - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:04 AM

        Another very good point. Shaq, in retirement has lamented about that very topic. He’s mentioned just how many points he could/should have scored but didn’t due to this.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:10 AM

        Shaq has actually said that very thing many times. I was watching NBA TV yesterday afternoon and they were talking about Shaq in his prime (the 3-peat years) – WOW, that dude was most impressive, and I was a big fan of his and followed him pretty hard, but revisiting those numbers were fun: 3-peat (obviously), but 3-time Finals MVP, one regular season MVP, and a scoring title. We won’t see another center like him in a long time, if ever. Not with the way the game is evolving.

  3. jetnotjets - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    Dirk is averaging 21.6, so barring injury he’ll be #10 on the all time scoring list at the end of this season. If he plays 3 more seasons like he said he wants to, and only averages 20 ppg, then he’ll be #5 on the list behind Jordan, Kobe, the Mailman, and Kareem. That is greatness, folks.

  4. ji8888 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    Let Dirk keep doing his thing.

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