Nowitzki sets NBA record, passes Hakeem Olajuwon


Dirk Nowitzki has reached a new milestone in his illustrious NBA career. On Nov. 11, Nowitzki drained a jumper just inside the arc to become 9th on NBA’s All-Time scoring list.

He moved legendary Hakeem Olajuwon to the 10th spot. Nowitzki now has 26,946 career points, Yahoo Sports reported.

Nowitzki hit the jumper and the crowd in the arena immediately reacted to the record, showing their devotion to Nowitzki, who spent his entire 17-season career with the Dallas Mavericks.

In his early years, no one could predict Nowitzki to lead the Mavericks to 11 straight 50-win seasons, win the NBA MVP trophy and go as far as win the league’s championship in 2011.

Nowitzki finished the night with 26,953 points, just 360 behind the great Elvin Hayes for the No. 8 spot on the all-time NBA scoring list. Moses Malone (27,409) is only 96 points ahead in seventh place. If Dirk stays upright and effective throughout the season, he could threaten Shaquille O’Neal’s hold on sixth place (28,596).

In 2013, Nowitzki passed three former NBA superstars on NBA’s All-Time scoring list: Jerry West, Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett.

On top of that, passing the Nigerian-born Olajuwon made Nowitzki the highest-scoring player born outside the United States ever to play in the NBA.


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