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Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Posted on: December 21, 2010 10:24 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:44 pm
 
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has passed Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird on the NBA's all time scoring list. Posted by Ben Golliverdirk-nowitzki

On Tuesday night, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points in a 105-99 road win over the Orlando Magic. In the process, Nowitzki moved into 25th place on the NBA's all time scoring list. At night's end, Nowitzki had 21,798 points, passing Boston Celtics Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird (21,791).  If Nowitzki continues on his current scoring pace this season, he would finish the year with more than 23,000 points, moving him past Clyde Drexler (22,195) and Gary Payton (21,813) into 23rd place. Both Adrian Dantley (23,177) and Elgin Baylor (23,149) are also possibly within reach this year.  Given that Nowitzki is just 32 years old and his scoring production has remained relatively level for the past five seasons, there is a very, very good chance that he will end his career in the top 10 of the league's all time scoring list. To do so, he'd need to reach roughly 27,000 points, which equates to a little more than 2 years (after this season) at his current pace, or 3-4 seasons at a reduced rate. Given his history as an extremely durable player, no lingering injury concerns prevent Nowitzki from playing until he is 35 or 36, and his current contract runs for three years after this season. Nowitzki's current career scoring average of 23.0 points per game is better than half of the 24 guys currently above him on the list. Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Havlicek, Alex English, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Drexler, and Payton all averaged less than 23.0 points per game. The only other active players in the top 25 currently are Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal (5th place), Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (11th place) and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett (22nd place). Bird had been one of only five players in the top 25 all time to achieve the mark in a career that lasted less than 1,000 games. The others: Jerry West (932 in 15th place), Allen Iverson (914, in 17th place), Dantley (955, in 20th place) and Baylor (846, in 21st place). NBA.com reports on Twitter that Bird sent Nowitzki a congratulatory text message after the game. 
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Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

UMM....no. Bird gets it in EVERY single other state by a mile. Rebounds, assists, FT%, FG% by a TON. And nowitzki has bird .1 thats 1/10 of a point per game. 
The greatest clutch player since Jerry West.  Very good team defender (meaning he could play a zone and hide it).  His first year, he improved the Celtics 32 games in the win-loss.  When he missed 76 games in the 1989 season, Boston replaced him with Reggie Lewis (who was 2nd in most improved player voting), yet the Celtics slipped from 57 wins to 40, despite having Lewis, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish on the roster.
Bird has better stats than michael jordan other than ppg only by 6 points per game.....



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 4:52 pm
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Bird gets it in EVERY single other state by a mile. Rebounds, assists, FT%, FG% by a TON. And nowitzki has bird .1 thats 1/10 of a point per game. 
The greatest clutch player since Jerry West.  Very good team defender (meaning he could play a zone and hide it).  His first year, he improved the Celtics 32 games in the win-loss.  When he missed 76 games in the 1989 season, Boston replaced him with Reggie Lewis (who was 2nd in most improved player voting), yet the Celtics slipped from 57 wins to 40, despite having Lewis, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish on the roster.



Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2010 2:43 pm
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Nowitzki is his own player. No one should be comparing him to Larry Bird. It is the points scored the article is talking about not who is "better". Both are/were unbelievably great basketball players. If Nowitzki plays on the teams Bird did then he has championships also and would still score more points than did Bird. Bird did things obviously Nowitzki doesn't do. Two totally different players but both equally great in my mind. Both great team players. Not that it matters but I love that I have both their autographs on their rookie basketball cards.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:24 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

I'm a Celtics fan and I loved Larry Legend, but I can admit that this is a testament to how great of a scorer Nowitski has been throughout his career. However, especially when you consider he's only 32, it is also a statement about how little scoring help he has had in Dallas. He wouldn't have as many points if he had more help. And yes, the same can be said of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett - as much as I love them, part of the reason they have scored so many points in the NBA is that, for so many years, both languished on teams where they were the only guys who could score, so they always had the ball in their hands.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:18 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Also Bird was playing with 3 other Hall of Famers for the majority of his career (Mchale, Parrish, Johnson). Nowitzki played with Nash for a little while, but who else? Dallas was a perrenial loser since before he arrived and since have had 10 straight 50 win seasons with 3 60 win seasons and a 67 win season with him as the focal point. Championships are about being at the right place at the right time with the right teammates and the right competition and the right coach. Look at Lebron James, probably the most gifted athlete in the history of sports and in his 8th season. No rings. He has now teamed up with 2 other future hall of famers and they will probably get him a ring. This is a team game.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:03 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Hey try posting one time... everybody gets the point




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 11:01 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Nowitzki is this generations Larry Bird. He can be compared to Larry because he has been just as good. He hasn't won the rings but that is a product of the team he plays for and the time he has played. He was unfortunate to play when Duncan and Kobe were in their primes. Just as players like Barkley and Malone played when Jordan was in his prime. Dirk is one of about 10 active players right now who are first ballot hall of famers no questions asked. O'neal, Bryant, Duncan, Garnett, James, Wade, Pierce, Allen, and Kidd would be the others.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:47 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Niether Dirk nor Bird could hold a candle to Paul Mokeski.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:39 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Talk to me when he surpasses the Legend in rings and MVP's.  Dirk is a decent player, but comparing him in any way to Bird is ludicrous.  I would label Dirk the greatest Euro ever and 2nd best foreigner behind Hakeem, but I don't think the 84 Celts would make the trade.  Dirk will be on the Mount Rushmore of good but couldn't git 'er done with Nique, Mailman and Sir Charles.  Nice career and seems like a good guy, but there's only one Larry Legend!



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:32 am
 

Nowitzki passes Bird for 25th on NBA scoring list

Scoring,scoring,scoring.... noone said anything about Dirk overtaking Bird's legacy... How about learning to follow a post with a legit comment. It's called reading comprehension. Besides, Bird is your fathers player...and since we're in 2010-2011, Bird is completely irrelevant to todays game.
Dirk is greater than Bird right now 'cause he's a current player. Tell you what, you take grandpa Bird and I'll take Dirty Dirk....Dirk would crush Bird today and would more than likely beat him one on one in Birds hayday...
When speaking on championships, Dirk gets toasted... thats all tho.
Great job dirk and keep it up... Will see how many other knuckleheads you upset before you take your place in the hall.


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