What more is there really left to accomplish for Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki? He's already an 11-time All-Star, an MVP, an NBA champion and the greatest European player of all time. Every time he takes the court, Nowitzki is playing against the legends of the game.
And the lanky German took down another legend on Wednesday night, passing Reggie Miller for 15th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Nowitzki entered the game just 16 points shy of Miller's 25,279, and he blew past Miller with 35 points on the evening. More importantly for Dirk, his Mavericks pulled off a stirring come-from-behind win against their in-sate rivals, the Houston Rockets.
Here's the list, courtesy of Basketball-Reference, if you're curious. As you can see, everyone ahead of Nowitzki is either a Hall of Famer or a no-doubt future Hall-of-Fame selection.
The next player above Nowitzki on the all-time list will be a taller task, if only because Mister 14th Place, Kevin Garnett, is still very much active. The Big Ticket sits 42 points ahead of Nowitzki at the end of Wednesday's action.
Still, judging by each player's per-game numbers so far in the 2013-14 season, it looks like a safe bet that Nowitzki will pass Garnett.
Even at the ripe old age of 35, Nowitzki can still light up a scoreboard with the best in the league. He could very well be on the way to being one of the 10 greatest scorers in the history of the NBA.
Not bad for a dude who was once traded, along with Pat Garrity, for Robert "Tractor" Traylor.