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Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki about to take a free throw for the Mavericks
NameDirk Nowitzki
CaptionNowitzki about to take a free throw for the Mavericks
Height Ft7
Height In0
Weight Lb245
PositionPower forward
Birth DateJune 19, 1978(age 38)
Birth PlaceWürzburg, West Germany
TeamDallas Mavericks
Draft Round1
Draft Pick9
Draft TeamMilwaukee Bucks
Draft Year1998
Career Start1994
Years11994 1998
Team1DJK Würzburg (Germany)
Years2  present
Team2Dallas Mavericks
Highlights *NBA Champion (2011) *NBA Finals MVP (2011) *NBA Most Valuable Player ( ) *10× NBA All-Star (   ) *4× All-NBA First Team (   ,  ) *5× All-NBA Second Team (   ,  ,    ) *2× All-NBA Third Team ( ,  ) *NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion ( ) *FIBA World Championship MVP (2002) *EuroBasket MVP (2005) *7x European Player of the Year: **5× Euroscar Award Winner (2002 2006) **Mister Europa Player of the Year (2005) **FIBA Europe Player of the Year (2005) * Best NBA Player ESPY Award (2011) * Best Male Athlete ESPY Award (2011) * Silbernes Lorbeerblatt (2011)

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Dirk Werner Nowitzki (-deˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski) (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was drafted ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft, and was immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played ever since. Standing 2.13 m (7 ft in), Nowitzki plays the power forward position but also has the mobility, size, and shooting ability to play the other frontcourt positions, center and small forward.

Nowitzki has led the Mavericks to 11 consecutive NBA Playoffs (2000 01 to 2010 11), including an NBA Finals appearance in 2006 and the franchise's first championship in 2011, making him one of only 5 players in NBA history to win a championship while being the only NBA All-Star on the team. He is a 10-time All-Star and 11-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and the 1st European-born player in NBA history to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player award. He is the first Maverick ever to be voted into an All-NBA Team and also holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records. Only Nowitzki and three other players have ever averaged more than 25 points and 10 rebounds in the NBA playoffs, and only Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have managed 4 consecutive 30-point, 15-rebound games in the playoffs. Additionally, Nowitzki is the only player in NBA history to get 100 blocks and 150 3-pointers in a single season.

Nowitzki led the German national basketball team to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship and the silver medal in EuroBasket 2005, and was leading scorer and elected Most Valuable Player in both tournaments. Nowitzki has been a seven-time European Player of the Year, being named the Euroscar European Basketball Player of the Year by the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport for five years in a row, the Mister Europa European Player of the Year by the Italian sports magazine Superbasket in 2005, and the FIBA Europe Basketball Player of the Year the same year.

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