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Dirk Nowitzki Becomes 7th Player in NBA History to Score 28K Points

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2015

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Dirk Nowitzki added another line to his illustrious resume Wednesday evening against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Dallas Mavericks superstar became just the seventh player to reach the 28,000-point plateau in the history of the NBA, which prompted the league to offer its congratulations:

NBA @NBA

Congrats, @swish41... the 7th player in @NBAHistory to reach 28,000 points! http://t.co/r664pnSiVf

Nowitzki reached the mark on a three-pointer with an assist from Monta Ellis with seven minutes and 57 seconds to play in the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The future Hall of Famer, who came into the game 14 points shy of the mark, joins an exclusive list that features some of the biggest names to ever play: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain.

Nowitzki is a surefire Hall of Famer and has been in the league since 1998, when the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him No. 9 overall and subsequently traded him to Dallas. He has been on 13 All-Star teams, won the 2006-07 NBA MVP, won a championship in 2010-11, won the NBA Finals MVP that season and has been on 12 different All-NBA teams, including the first team four different times.

Nowitzki's coach, Rick Carlisle, would place him among the best players in NBA history, given his comments, via Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

I think there's a certain criteria where you can say pretty much for certain that he's one of the top 12 all time. And that is, there's only been 12 guys that have been 10-time All-Stars, [NBA] Finals MVP and league MVP. So I think that firmly puts him in the top 12. And then getting into the top 10 in all-time scoring validates that even more.

Senior NBA analyst Bill Ingram would also agree that Nowitzki is one of the best ever:

Bill Ingram @TheRocketGuy

@swish41 Dirk Nowitzki just the 7th player to reach 28k points...great accomplishment by one of the best ever.. @dallasmavs

There is very little Nowitzki has not accomplished on the court, and it is natural to wonder what comes next for the superstar.

His Mavericks team will make the playoffs this season, but the Western Conference is loaded with elite contenders, including the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and defending champion San Antonio Spurs. It is difficult to envision Dallas advancing too deep in that minefield, even with Nowitzki leading the way.

Nowitzki will eventually retire and start the next chapter of his basketball legacy, one which will undoubtedly feature a Hall of Fame appearance. He is still playing at a high level this season, so that could still be a few years down the line.

Nowitzki is the greatest Dallas Mavericks player of all time, and this latest accomplishment just further cements his legacy.

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