On March 7th, 2017 Dirk Nowitzki scored his 30,000th career point on a fadeaway jumper in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dirk joins a small group of elite NBA players, consisting of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain. On this memorable night, Dirk shot 9 for 13 from the field with a 69% field goal percentage. Dirk scored 25 points in the game with them all coming in the first half. Dirk received a standing ovation in the arena after being subbed out of the game. Dirk became the third player in NBA history to score 30,000 points with one team.
Dirk Nowitzki’s milestone accomplishment not only had an impact on him and his family but also had an impact on Germany. Dirk is one of the very few German players playing in the NBA. The NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement, “Dirk has been a model player and terrific ambassador for our game. This latest accomplishment further establishes his legacy as one of the NBA’s greatest players.”This shows the impact on the National Basketball Association the Dirk’s milestone had. Dirk also received words from other NBA players congratulating him on his accomplishment.
Another player in the NBA can be seen to possibly reach this milestone soon enough in his NBA career. LeBron James sits eighth on the all time scoring list in the NBA with 28,482 total points. James is only 32 years old meaning that he still has several more seasons to play in the NBA. James will most definitely reach this major milestone by the end of his career making him the 7th all time player. LeBron James was one of the fellow players of Nowitzki on scoring his 30,000th career point. LeBron is the closest active player in the NBA to reach 30,000 career points as the next active player is Paul Pierce.