Dirk Werner Nowitzki, professionally known as Dirk Nowitzki is a German former professional basketball player and front office executive. Nowitzki serves as a special advisor for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He is considered one of the greatest power forwards of all time. He is also considered the greatest European player of all time. Having played for DJK Wurzburg from 1994 to 1998, the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him ninth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he played his entire 21-year NBA career. He led Mavericks to NBA Championship in 2011 where he was named MVP in the finals. He was previously named NBA MVP in 2007. During his professional career, he holds several NBA records. 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.
What is Dirk Nowitzki Famous For?
- Retired German basketball player.
- Won NBA Championship with Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
Where is Dirk Nowitzki From?
Dirk Nowitzki was born on 19 June 1978. His birth name is Dirk Werner Nowitzki. His birth place is in Wurzburg in West Germany. He holds German nationality. He was born to his fther Jorg-Werner and his mother Helga Bredenbrocker. He has an older sister named Silke Nowitzki.
Nowitzki initially played handball and tennis and became a ranked junior tennis player in the German youth circuit. Because of his height, he tried basketball.
Dirk Nowitzki Career
- Nowitzki joined the local DJK Wurzburg.
- Former German international basketball player Holger Geschwindner spotted the young talent and offered to coach him individually.
- The coach helped him to develop his skills.
- He eventually started full-time training with Geschwindner.
- He made the DJK squad in 1994. He was only 16-years-old at the time.
- DJK was playing in Germany’s 2nd-tier level league at the time.
- He was a secondary player in his rookie season with the club and became a regular starter the next season.
- He finished his “Abitur” (German A-levels) during the 1997-98 season and went on compulsory military service in the Bundeswehr from September 1997 to June 1998.
- After his return, he became a key player for DJK to earn a promotion to the top-tier league.
- He was voted “German Basketballer of the Year” after he became the leading scorer averaging 28.2 points.
- He participated in the Nike “Hoop Heroes Tour” and was chosen to play in the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. His performance drew interest from several clubs in Europe as well as from NBA teams.
- He bcame Bundesliga Top Scorer in 1999 and was named Bundesliga MVP as well.
- He received offers from several colleges in the United States.
- However, he declared for the 1998 NBA Draft.
- The Milwaukee Bucks selected him 9th overall in the draft.
- The Bucks immediately traded him to the Dallas Mavericks in a multi-team deal.
- Nowitzki struggled to perform in the NBA in his rookie season.
- He improved in his second NBA season, being voted runner-up in the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
- He spent his entire 21-year NBA career with the Mavericks.
- He led the franchise to 15 NBA playoff appearances.
- He led the franchise to its first NBA finals in 2006. However, they lost the finals.
- He led the Mavericks to its first-ever NBA championship glory in 2011. He was named NBA Finals MVP as well.
- During his 21-year career, he was named to NBA All-Star 14 times, All-NBA Team 12 times.
- He was named NBA MVP in 2007.
- He also set several NBA as well as Mavericks franchise records in his career.
- He is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history.
- He is the first Maverick voted onto an All-NBA Team.
- After spending his entire 21-year career with the Mavericks he retired from basketball in 2019.
- He retired with 31,560 points (20.7 ppg), 11,489 rebounds (7.5 rpg), and 3,651 assists (2.4 apg) in NBA.
- Following his retirement, he stood sixth on the list of National Basketball Association career-scoring leaders.
- He later became a special advisor for the Mavericks.
- On the international level, Nowitzki started playing for the German national basketball team in 1997.
- His debut tournament for Germany came in the EuroBasket 1999.
- He later represented Germany in the EuroBasket 2001.
- He led Germany to a bronze medal in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
- In EuroBasket 2005, he led Germany to a silver medal.
- He was the leading scorer and was named MVP in both tournaments.
- He is a three-time FIBA EuroBasket Top Scorer and six-time Euroscar Player of the Year.
- He retired from Germany’s national team in January 2016.
- He was named FIBA Europe Men’s Player of the Year in 2005 and 2011.
- He is eleven-times All-European First Team and nine-times All-Europeans Power Forward of the Year.
- He was named Mister Europa Player of the Year in 2005.
- He also won Silbernes Lorbeerblatt in 2011, German Sports Personality of the Year in 2011.
- He was honored with Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.
Who is Dirk Nowitzki Wife?
Dirk Nowitzki is a married man. He is married to Jessica Olsson. Jessica is the sister of twin Swedish footballers, Martin and Marcus Olsson. The couple started dating in 2010. They tied a knot to each other on 20 July 2012. They share a daughter and two sons together.
Nowitzki previously dated Sybille Gerer. Sybille was a female basketball player from his local club DJK. They dated from 1992 to 2002.
How Tall is Dirk Nowitzki?
Dirk Nowitzki stands at a height of 2.13 m i.e. 7 feet tall. He has a body weight of around 111 lbs i.e. 245 kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is hazel and his hair color is blonde. His sexual orientation is straight.
What is Dirk Nowitzki Salary and Net Worth?
Dirk Nowitzki earned from his professional career as a basketball player. He spent his entire 21-year NBA season with the Mavericks. He was once one of the highest-paid basketball players in the NBA. During his NBA career, he signed several contract extensions with the Mavericks in his 21-year NBA career. When he signed a six-year contract extension worth $90 million with the Mavericks in 2001, he became the second-highest-paid German athlete. In 2014, he signed a three-year contract extension worth $25 million with the Mavericks. His final contract with the Mavericks was signed in July 2017, having signed a two-year contract extension for $10 million. After retiring from basketball he became the special advisor for the Mavericks. During his prime, he had an annual salary of around $15 million. His net worth is estimated at $140 million.