Born on June 19, 1979,
is a native of Germany and currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. After applying early for entrance right into the 1998 NBA Draft, Nowitzki was chosen 9th by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was quickly traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He battled throughout his very early career, as many NBA players do, but has become one of the top players in the NBA.
During his first season, Dirk Nowitzki averaged 8.2 points each video game. During the 1999-2000 season, he was number 2 in the NBA’s Most Improved Player voting.
By the time the 2000-2001 period came, Nowitzki came to be the first player in Maverick’s history to be selected to the All-NBA team. At that time, he ended up being the team’s leading scorer with an average of 21.8 points each game. In the 2001-2002 period, Nowitzki’s success continued to expand as he balanced 23.4 factors per game. As bad luck would have it, he experienced an injury to his left ankle joint that kept him from playing in six games. This marked the first time he had actually ever missed out on a game because of injuries.
Throughout the 2002-2003 NBA period, Nowitzki scored a team-high standard of 25.1 points per game. In addition, he balanced career-high assists and steals. In December 2002, Nowitzki missed out on 2 games because of yet another ankle injury. When the 2003-2004 NBA period was underway, he was averaging 21.8 points per game. In a November 2003-04 game, an ankle sprain took him out of a game after just 7 minutes of play. This injury made him missed five more games.
Today, Nowitzki average a little over 25 points per game. He is a player that usually known to be frightening to opponents, because he not only has the height to make the baskets, but he is an excellent rebounder. Far from the court, Dirk Nowitzki takes pleasure in reading and also playing the saxophone. He comes from an athletic family. His sister, Silke, helps the NBA in international television. His father, Joerg, played handball, and his mom, Helen, was a famous player for the German women’s national basketball team. Prior to joining the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki served a required term with the German Military from 1997-1998. He is married to Jessica Olsson, and they have two children, a boy and a girl.
In 2002, Nowitzki led the German basketball team at the FIBA World Championship (3rd place-bronze) and 2005 EuroBasket (2nd place-silver). He was the leading player and MVP in both competitions. Nowitzki earned the European Basketball Player of the Year by a sports newspaper (Italian), and he did so for five years in a row (from 2002-06) and in 2011.
On December 18, 2011, Nowitzki was named the 2011 German Sports Personality of the Year, the 1st basketball player to obtain the award. On December 10, 2012, Dirk Nowitzki received the Naismith Legacy Award and became the 1st non-American athlete to receive this honor.