Dirk Nowitzki

German professional basketball player

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978 in Würzburg, Germany; pronounced durk VER-ner nah-VIT-skee) is a former German basketball player. He played for the Dallas Mavericks in the United States' National Basketball Association's (NBA).

Dirk Nowitzki
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Nowitzki in 2019
Personal information
Born (1978-06-19) June 19, 1978 (age 44)
Würzburg, West Germany
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1994–2019
PositionPower forward
Career history
1994–1998DJK Würzburg
19982019Dallas Mavericks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points31,560 (20.7 ppg)
Rebounds11,489 (7.5 rpg)
Assists3,651 (2.4 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nowitzki started playing in the NBA in 1998. He is only the second player who was born in Germany to play in the Finals.

He is a 12-time NBA All Star. Nowitkzi won the 2006-07 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. The Mavericks, led by Nowitzki, defeated the Miami Heat 4-2 in the 2011 NBA Finals. In addition to performing very well in general in the Finals, his 101-degree fever in Game 4 didn't stop him from scoring the winning basket to tie the series 2-2. This amazing feat is a lot like when Michael Jordan played well despite the flu in the 1997 Finals against the Utah Jazz. Dirk's jersey number is 41.

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