Today in Sports History: March 7

Dirk Nowitzki, of the Dallas Mavericks, joins the 30,000 all-time points club after a 2017 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the sixth NBA player and the first European to achieve this milestone. Nowitzki began his playing career with the DJK Würzburg, Germany’s 2nd-tier level league, the Second Bundesliga, South Division. Nowitzki was selected ninth in the 1998 NBA draft and spent his entire 21-year NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks. During his time with the Mavericks, the team made 15 appearances in the playoffs and won the NBA championship in 2011. He won NBA Finals MVP in 2011 and was the first European to win the title. Nowitzki is known for his versatility, his fadeaway jump shot, and his high scoring percentage (88% for free throws, nearly 50% of his field goal attempts and nearly 40% of his 3-point shots). He won the 2006 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout competition and joined the 50–40–90 Club the same season. In addition to his time in the NBA, Nowitzki led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and silver in EuroBasket 2005. He was the leading scorer and MVP in both tournaments. Nowitzki is the only player in league history to record at least 31,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists, 1,000 steals, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 three-point field goals.

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