Dirk Nowitzki is a former professional basketball player from German. His playing skill made him one of the greatest power forwards of all time. Also, he is considered by critics to be the greatest European player of all time as well. However, he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the 1998 NBA draft.
From 1998 to 2019, the entire 21 years of his basketball career, he had played with the NBA team Mavericks. It made him the only player ever to play whole NBA seasons with one team. After retirement, he is currently serving as a special advisor for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Let us scroll over to discover more of his details.
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Caption: Dirk Nowitzki and wife Jessica Olsson.
Dirk Nowitzki: Bio, Family, & Career
The former athlete was born on 19 June 1978 as Dirk Werner Nowitzki in Würzburg, West Germany under the zodiac sign, Gemini. He is the son of his mother Helga Nowitzki who was a professional basketball player. His father Jorg Werner had also played handball for the German national team. Further, he has an older sister named Silke Nowitzki who married Roland Mayer. In addition, his sister is a retired German national basketball player and a former manager of her brother. He has a nationality of Germany and belongs to mixed ethnicity of German and Polish.
Regarding his education, he attended Rontgen High School in Wurzburg, Germany. Apart from this, there is not much information on his higher education. However, he came to the media attention for his great achievements in playing basketball. Moreover, he was noticed by German basketball player Holger Geschwinder at the age of 15, who later taught him thrice a week, focusing on shooting and passing.
In 1994, he joined the DJK Würzburg and the team played in Germany’s second-tier level league, the Second Bundesliga, South Division. He played with the team for four years until 1998. After that, he was selected in the 1998 NBA draft by Milwaukee Bucks in the ninth pick in the draft. But he immediately was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a multi-team deal.
With the team, he had played whole 21 years and announced his retirement on 9 April 2019. Additionally, he is the only player to record at least 31,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists, 1,000 steals, 1,000 blocks, and 1,000 three-point field goals. Apart from that, he played a national game and began to play for the German national basketball team in 1997. He had played in EuroBasket as well as FIBA World Championship. It is announced that the FIBA will honor Nowitzki with a jersey retirement in September 2022, ahead of the EuroBasket 2022.
Dirk Nowitzki: Personal Life & Wife
He is a happily married man to his longtime girlfriend named Jessica Olsson. They had wed in a traditional wedding ceremony on 20 July 2012 at Nanyuki and formally at Dirk’s home in Dallas, Texas. Further, the duo first met time at a charity event of the SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Growth) in February 2010.
It is reported that Jessica was working at Dallas Art Gallery at the time. The couple has welcomed three children from their marriage. They are: Malaika Nowitzki, Max Nowitzki, and Morris Nowitzki. Furthermore, he has been a part of a controversy in an investigation that revealed sexual misconduct at the highest levels in his team Mavericks. Other than this, he has not been any kind of rumors or controversies.
Caption: Dirk Nowitzki and Jessica Olsson with children photographed in 2017.
Source: The Dallas News Time
How Much Did Dirk Earn from his Career? Salary & Net Worth
Talking about his earnings, the former basketball player has made a huge amount of money from his retired career. Therefore, he is reported to have an estimated net worth of around $140 million. Further, he had earned $25 million in salary alone during his 21-season NBA career making him the sixth-highest paying NBA player of all time in salary terms.
He has also purchased a few properties including his luxurious mansion in a North Dallas neighborhood worth millions of dollars. Besides, he owns a few of the best luxury and comfy cars including the Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz Metris van.
Dirk Nowitzki: Social Media Profiles & Body Measurements
He has a verified Instagram account @swish41 with 1.1 million followers. On Twitter, he goes by the verified handle @swish41 having 3.5 million followers. Also, he has a verified Facebook account with 3 million followers.
The former athlete has a well-exercised and muscular body build that has unknown body measurements of chest or waist. His body stands to a height of 7 feet 0 inches or 2.13 meters and weighs around 111 kg. He has brown hair color and dark-colored eyes.