Dirk Nowitzki Passes Jerry West in All-Time Scoring, Eyeing Reggie Miller Next

David MurphyFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2013

USA Today

Let us not forget Dirk Nowitzki's Hall of Fame résumé is still growing. 

Nowitzki passed Jerry West on the all-time scoring list as the Dallas Mavericks topped the Washington Wizards 105-95 on Tuesday night.

The 11-time All-Star did it in style with a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to surpass the NBA legend known as The Logo. Nowitzki finished 19 points, along with eight boards and a couple of dimes. His career NBA point total now stands at 25,197. 

Per Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas, the 35 year-old Nowitzki paid homage to West after the game:

'The Logo' says it all and sums it up. It's another great milestone, but for now, I'll keep working and that's really about it. Like I always say, all these milestones are great once my career is over.


With Tuesday's milestone, the big man now takes aim at Reggie Miller, who is 15th on the NBA's all-time scoring list at 25,279 points. That's just 82 points to go. 


The German-born Nowitzki was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks as the ninth overall pick in 1998. He and Pat Garrity, the 19th pick, were traded to the Mavericks for the late Robert "Tractor" Traylor, who was the sixth overall pick. Nowitzki has been with the Mavs for his entire NBA career.

The 2007 NBA MVP is widely seen as the model modern big man in the league, with the ability to stretch the floor and hit from long range. 

Among his many accolades over his 15-year career, Nowitzki won an NBA Championship in 2011 as the Mavs defeated the Miami Heat. He is also the recipient of the Naismith Legacy Award.