Dirk Nowitzki has once again moved up the NBA’s All-Time scoring list.
After passing Dominique Wilkins for 11th place on April 4 against the Lakers, the “Big German” has passed one of the greatest point guards of all time, the Big-O, Oscar Robertson for 10th place.
Nowitzki knocked down a 19-foot jumper for his 26,711th-career point with 11:45 left in the fourth quarter against the Jazz on April 8.
To start the season, Nowitzki was 17th all-time, passing the likes of Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett, Alex English, John Havlicek and Wilkins.
Come next year, Nowitzki has a chance to pass Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone, who sits in 7th place with 27,409 points. He also has a chance to pass Shaquille O’Neal for 6th, but won’t go any higher. Wilt Chamberlain holds down 5th, but is nearly 3,000 points ahead of O’Neal.
Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 21.6 points per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. He has scored over 1,650 points on the season, his most since the championship year when he scored 1,681 points.
Nowitzki has scored 26,714 points in his hall-of-fame career.
The Mavericks are coming off a sweep of their four-game road trip. They’ve won six straight on the road and went 4-4 during their franchise-record eight-game home stand.
Dallas is a half game ahead of the Phoenix Suns for 7th in the West, and 1.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies, who sit in the 9th spot.
The Mavs have three games left on their schedule, starting with the San Antonio Spurs on April 10. The game will start at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on TNT.
Dallas will finish the season at home against the Suns on April 12 and in Memphis against the Grizzlies on April 16.