Dirk Nowitzki Joins Elite Club After Scoring 30,000 Career Points March 08, 2017 16:48

When a slightly goofy German kid joined the Dallas Mavericks in 1998, who would have guessed that he would become one of only 6 players in the history of the NBA to score over 30,000 regular season points in his career?

Last night, against the LA Lakers, Nowitzki put up 25 points. His 20th point in that game was the 30,000th of his career, and the crowd in the arena went wild, and rightly so. That many points is no joke. Just take a look at the company he nows keeps:

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387
  2. Karl Malone - 36,928
  3. Kobe Bryant - 33,643
  4. Michael Jordan - 32,292
  5. Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419
  6. Dirk Nowitzki - 30,005

The only other active player that is anywhere near Nowitzki in the list is LeBron James, who currently sits 8th with 28,316 career points (Shaquille O'Neal sits sandwiched between).

With retirement no doubt peeking around the corner for Dirk, who has spent an admirable 18 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, winning 1 NBA Championship in 2011, it was great to see him reach this career milestone.

As he becomes the first international player to reach those lofty scoring heights, there's no doubt that other international players in the NBA, or those players who are looking to break into the NBA have a great role model in Nowitzki.

Take a look at how Nowitzki scored the points that pushed him over the 30,000 tally.