Dirk Nowitzki Will Return for 20th Season With Mavericks | Def Pen
Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki will become the sixth player to play 20+ seasons in the NBA (Photo: NBAE / Getty Images)

Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant are the only players to have played 20 or more NBA seasons. Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki will join that prestigious club next season:

Nowitzki may be 38 years old, but the seven-footer is still capable of producing. This season for the Mavs, Dirk has averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on .437/.378/.875.

Nowitzki is a shell of his former self, but a shell of Dirk Nowitzki is a more dangerous offensive threat than many younger NBA players.

Nowitzki is 1,159 points away from passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list, but he isn’t concerned with chasing that record:

This season, Nowitzki became the sixth player (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Byant, Michael Jordan, Chamberlain) in NBA history to score over 30,000 points in his career.


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