Nowitzki Moves Up All-Time Scoring List

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Last night, Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki strengthened his case for eventual Hall of Fame enshrinement as he moved into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,412 points.

During the 96-88 road victory for the Mavs over the Brooklyn Nets, Nowitzki posted 15 points and the 17-year veteran moved ahead of Moses Malone on a three-point shot that came with 34.8 seconds left in overtime. He needs less that 1,200 points to surpass Shaquille O’Neal and move into sixth place and was already the all-time leader in scoring among foreign-born NBA players.
This season, Dallas has been in a battle for top spot in the Southwest Division with the Memphis Grizzlies and presently are 26-10. Nowitzki’s production has dipped slightly in 2014-15, but he was leading Mavericks regulars with a .909 free throw percentage and ranked second in points behind Monta Ellis.

Collectors have appreciated Nowitzki’s cards for many years and he has 4,843 cards in the Beckett.com database which have a total value of $60,333.12. His first cards came out during the 1998-99 season and the most valuable rookie issue is from 1998-99 SP Authentic ($80). Limited to 3,500 copies, it is considered the key card in the set ahead of debut issues of Vince Carter and Paul Pierce.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Basketball and Beckett Hockey magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

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3 comments

  1. J.R. Lebert 6 January, 2015 at 11:07

    Strengthened his case? He is a stone cold 100% lock for the HOF, on his first ballot. I still have him as the #2 greatest foreign-born player of all-time, behind Hakeem, unless you consider Duncan “foreign” born in the US Virgin Islands.

    Dirk is not just a HOFer, he is an all-timer, inner circle type player. It remains to be seen if he can catch Shaq before he retires, especially if his team makes a run at a title this year, after which I think he may retire. As a Lakers fan, I’ve spent his whole career rooting against him, but game recognizes game, and he is fantastic.

  2. Richard 6 January, 2015 at 12:15

    If Dirk stays reasonably healthy, I believe he will pass Shaq.
    I can’t see him staying long enough to pass Wilt though.
    And Dirk cemented his HOF credentials some time ago.

  3. Bob 6 January, 2015 at 17:00

    Yes, because Dirk wasn’t going to reach the hall of fame until he passed Moses Malone on the career scoring list. Nowitzki is among the 15 or so best players in NBA history.

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