Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Life
Dirk Nowitzki, born on 19 June 1978 in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, is a retired German basketball team player of the NBA team Dallas Mavericks. He was declared as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA Regular Season 2006-2007.
In 2011, he led the team to its first-ever championship title, becoming the most valuable player in the final series.
He is an NBA record holder for the number of seasons in one team - 21 seasons as part of the Mavericks. He retired in 2019.
The early years
Dirk Nowitzki was born into a sports family. Dirk's mother Helga Nowitzki was a professional basketball player; she played at the European Championship in 1966 for the German national team.
Sister Zilke - also a former basketball player, played for the national team. After completing her career, she worked as a sports functionary in the NBA and then became the brother's manager.
Dirk himself was first involved in handball and tennis. Then he switched to basketball. Later, he met with the coach (former player of the German national team) Holger Geschwinder.
Career in Germany
At sixteen, Dirk Nowitzki made his professional basketball debut. He began to play for the Wurzburg club, which played in the second German basketball league. In the 1994-95 season, Nowitzki was more often a player who stepped out of the bench. In the 1995-96 season, he won a place in the starting lineup.
In the 1996-97 season, he became the team's best sniper. In the 1997-98 season, he helped the club enter the first German basketball league while serving in the army.
On 24 June 1998 at the NBA Draft, Dirk Nowitzki was selected as the 9th pick by Milwaukee Bucks and was immediately exchanged in Dallas Mavericks.
On October 24, 2001, Nowitzki signed a contract with Dallas for a period of 6 years. On September 27, 2006, he extended the agreement with the club until the end of the 2010-11 season.
On May 15, 2007, he was named the most valuable NBA player. He became the first basketball player from Europe to receive this title. On June 30, 2010, Nowitzki became a free agent.
Dallas President Donnie Nelson almost immediately offered the player the maximum contract. On July 4, 2010, Nowitzki and Nelson agreed on a four-year contract for $80 million.
A career in the German national team
He made his debut in the German national team in 1997. At the 1999 European Championships, he began to show sniper qualities. As part of the national team, Nowitzki was recognized as the best player in the 2002 World Cup and 2005 European Championship, and more than once became the top scorer of the Eurobasket.
He was the standard-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He missed the 2009 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup.
In 2015, he returned to the national team and again became its captain at the European Championship 2015 but Germany was defeated.
With a height of 213 cm, Nowitzki is a multi-purpose forward, able to play effectively in the positions of center, heavy or light forward. For the player, his position has a good percentage of shots: free throws - 87.5%; two-pointer - 47.5%: three-pointer - 38.0%. In the games of the NBA playoffs, Dirk made a double-double in almost every match.
He averaged 25.6 points per match and made 10.9 rebounds. On December 2, 2004, he scored 53 points in a match with Houston Rockets, setting a personal performance record.
On November 20, 2013, in a match against Houston Rockets, he circumvented the Indiana legend Reggie Miller on the list of the best snipers in NBA history. Realizing the penalty after a technical foul, Nowitzki scored 25,280 points and went to 15th place .
On March 25, 2015, in the regular-season match against San Antonio, he made his 10,000 rebounds, becoming the first player in the history of the NBA to score more than 25 thousand points, making more than 10 thousand rebounds, more than one thousand block shots and having realized more than one thousand three-point shots.
On December 27, 2018, in the regular-season match, he held his 1477th career match, taking fourth place in NBA history by this indicator, beating Karl Malone. In March 2019, Nowitzki became the sixth-best sniper in the history of the National Basketball Association.
On April 10, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki played his last NBA match against the San Antonio Spurs team, in which he made a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds), but this did not help the team win.
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