Dirk Nowitzki Reaches 10,000 Rebound Career Milestone, Becomes 7th Player In History
Dirk Nowitzki may not be putting up as big of numbers as he used to, but like Tim Duncan, he is still around and adding to his career totals. He just became the 7th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 27,000 points throughout his career, quite an impressive stat.
Nowitzki is also a bit of a rare gem because unlike many stars in the NBA, he has remained with the Dallas Mavericks throughout his 17 season career. He recorded the legendary stat during Tuesday night’s win 101-94 over the San Antonino Spurs.
The Spurs and the Mavericks are both fighting for better playoff spots as they are currently in 6th and 7th place, respectively. However, with the competitiveness of the Western Conference is, they are only a handful of games behind the 2nd placed Grizzlies.
Dirk Nowitzki entered Tuesday night’s game 9,991 rebounds in his career, needing only 9 to get the milestone, and did that easily with a total of 13, his second-highest of the season.
In addition to Nowitzki, the six players that have scored 27,000 points and picked up 10,000 rebounds are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes.
Among active players, Kevin Durant and Lebron James may be the only others that can achieve those numbers by the end of their career. The point-qualification especially limits it to only the top scorers since only 19 players have ever done it.
He is also the first international player to hit both milestones after coming over from Germany in 1998. Throughout his career, he has also been selected to the NBA All-Star 13 times, and his Mavericks won the NBA championship in 2011, earning the MVP for the finals as well.
Dirk Nowitzki is a certainly a unique and well-rounded player in the league as he has also become the first player in NBA history with 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 three-pointers made.
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