Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dirk Nowitzki Moves Past Jerry West on NBA All-Time Scoring List

On Tuesday night Dallas Mavericks star power forward Dirk Nowitzki accomplished yet another career accolade. He passed "Mr. Logo" Jerry West on the NBA all-time scoring list. Nowitzki moved past West to the 16th spot in the 3rd quarter of the Mavericks game against the Washington Wizards.


Nowitzki continues to move up in the all-time scoring list.

With 59.9 seconds left in the third quarter of the game Dirk Nowitzki nailed a three from the left corner to move up in the all-time scoring rankings en route to the Mavericks beating the Washington Wizards 105-95.

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West.
                                             
Through West's 14-year Hall of Fame career with the Lakers he scored 25,192 total points. Nowitzki finished the game against the Wiz with 19 points, which put him over West's total, and ended the night with 25,197 total career points.

Old school Dirk.
                                               
Next on Nowitzki's radar is Indiana Pacers legendary shooting guard Reggie Miller, who currently ranks 15th in points in an NBA career. In Miller's 18-year career with the Pacers he scored a total of 25,279 points. Expect the 'Germanator' to get into the top 15 in at least the next five to six games.

Reggie Miller's classic choke sign.
                                           
If Dirk gets to the 15th spot in four games he would have to average 21.75 points-per-game over the next four games. If he gets to the 15th spot in five games (most likely scenario) he would have to average 17.4 points-per-game over the Mavericks next five games.

Dirk's patented jumper.

Nowitzki might have the chance at getting to the top-ten this season. It is rather unlikely but it's never impossible. Oscar Robertson is ranked tenth all-time in the NBA for career scoring. 'The Big O' amassed 26,710 total points throughout his career with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks.

One of the greatest players in NBA history, Oscar Robertson.

Dirk would need 1,513 more points this season to get into the top ten. I wouldn't bet on having it happen this season but it will without a doubt happen at least by the early part of the 2014-2015 season.

Kobe Bryant is currently fourth on the all-time scoring list with 31,617 points.
                         

Kevin Garnett currently ranks 14th on the all-time list with 25, 310 points.
                       
Kobe Bryant (31,617) and Kevin Garnett (25,310) are the only two other active players who have a higher amount of career points than Dirk. Congrats to Nowitzki on the big accomplishment and TSS wishes him luck at moving higher up on the all-time scoring list.

Is Dirk one of the all-time greats of the NBA?



Dan J carney is a sports writer for three online sports websites. He writes for Tru School Sports, RantSports.com (covers the Charlotte Bobcats), and he also writes for the league news.us. Dan is also a YouTube sports talk show host where he talks on his channel (DanJcarney) about trending topics, questions, and breaking news about everything and anything regarding the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, Subscribe to him on YouTube, or add him on Google+.


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