The Dallas Mavericks had a great victory Tuesday, March 24, night over the San Antonio Spurs in what could be a key turning point in their season. There’s a lot of great things to take away from that victory, like Monta Ellis putting on a show for his naysayers or the energy and hustle the Mavs played with after the first quarter. But most importantly it’s key to highlight and focus on what Dirk Nowitzki accomplished that has legacy implications.
What did Nowitzki accomplish? Oh nothing much, he simply just became the seventh player in history to record 27,000 points and 10,000 rebounds over his NBA career. He’s joined an elite class that includes players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone and Elvin Haye. Unbelievable to think Dirk has joined such an elite class of Hall of Famers after such a rocky start to his career but that’s not even the biggest achievement Dirk accomplished last night.
He became the FIRST player in NBA history with at least 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 3-pointers. His career totals: 27,960 points, 10,004 rebounds, 1,123 blocks, 1,564 3s, and counting. I for one had no idea Dirk was the only player to put up such numbers, it goes to show you how he has revolutionized the game for a player of his height. He has changed the game of basketball and what it means to be a 7-footer in today’s NBA. Dirk was never an elite rebounder, the highest he’s ever averaged in a season was 9.9, but that’s never been what’s made him such a special, once in a lifetime, type of player.
Funny thing is you won’t hear ESPN or any national media make it that big of a deal because Dirk’s never been one to hold his head over others for individual achievements. But that’s ok because Dirk’s a low-key type of guy and that’s how he wants to keep it as we’ve all watched him over the years. Rick Carlisle has perhaps been his biggest promoter over the years when it comes to his legacy and his place among the all-time greats. He always makes the media know how highly he things of his future hall of fame player.
“He’s been a massive factor around here for close to 20 years. And the great thing about him: It’s not all about the scoring or all about the shooting,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He has a presence. He is a winner to the highest extreme, and he finds ways to help our team win games. And 10,000 rebounds, that’s a lot.”
Dirk Nowitzki may not be the player he was when he took the Mavs to the championship in 2011 but on any given night he can still put on a show. He turned back the clock last night with 15 points and 13 rebounds, not every game you see Dirk pull down that many boards as he averages about half of that this regular season.
Dirk is currently seventh all the all-time leading scorer list but he’s now the only member of the 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 3-pointers club. He’s truly in a class of his own, on and off the court.