Dirk Nowitzki Becomes 6th Player in NBA History to Score 29K Points

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki of Germany celebrates a basket against Utah Jazz during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

With a three-pointer at the 10-minute, 22-second mark in the third quarter of his team's game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki became the sixth player in NBA history to record at least 29,000 career points, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The NBA congratulated the Mavericks star on Twitter:

In 18 seasons, all with Dallas, Nowitzki has averaged 22.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

The 37-year-old German is a 13-time All-Star and helped lead the Mavericks to the 2010-11 NBA title with a 4-2 series victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Here is a replay of Nowitzki's milestone shot:

The 7-footer captured the 2006-07 regular-season MVP award and will retire as the most prolific foreign-born scorer to play in the NBA.

Top Ten NBA Scorers of All Time
RankPlayerPoints
1Kareem Abdul-Jabbar38,387
2Karl Malone36,928
3Kobe Bryant*33,290
4Michael Jordan32,292
5Wilt Chamberlain31,419
6Dirk Nowitzki*29,008
7Shaquille O'Neal28,596
8Moses Malone27,409
9Elvin Hayes27,313
10Hakeem Olajuwon26,946
ESPN.com/*Active Player

Prior to this season, Nowitzki said he would like to play two more years, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News (via Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports):

Obviously it gets closer, but it's not like I'm thinking of the beach every day. I want to play two more years under contract here, hopefully at a high level, compete, hopefully be efficient when I'm out there. And then retirement obviously comes soon enough. But as of now, I still think I can play at a high level. I'm going to work my butt off here these four weeks to get in the best shape I can get, and then leave it all out there again.

No matter what happens over the next year or two, Nowitzki is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the greatest-shooting big men of all time.