Kw-logo-smaller

Dirk Nowitzki Biography

Dunkin' Dirk Nowitzki is trying to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA title. Find out more about this b-ball superstar right here.

Dirk Nowitzki - Athletic Roots

Dirk Nowitzki was born in 1979 in Wurzburg, Germany. He came from a very athletic and tall family, with his mom being a former member of the German women's national basketball team and his dad being an international handball player. Dirk didn't start shooting hoops until he was 13, but by the time he turned 16, he was nearly 7 feet tall and had developed into a strong all around basketball player. After leading a team of international junior players to a surprise victory over a US junior team at a tournament in 1998, NBA scouts began to take notice.

Dirk Nowitzki - From Deutschland to Dallas

Dirk Nowitzki was drafted in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, who immediately traded him to the Dallas Mavericks. After a disappointing rookie season, Nowitzki emergered as a star in 2000 and was named the NBA's most improved player. The following season, Nowitzki averaged 21.8 points per game and led the Mavericks to their first playoff appearance in 11 years. He also became the first member of the Mavs to be named to the All-NBA Team.

Dirk Nowitzki - NBA Superstar

Dirk Nowitzki's rare combination of size and athleticism has made him one of the best all around players in the NBA. He is one of the top shooters in the game and his seven-foot frame makes it difficult for defenders to guard his shots. He has also become a strong rebounder and is one of the league's top free-throw shooters. While his defensive game could use some work, he has made tremendous strides since entering the NBA. Nowitzki's emergence as a basketball star has also led the NBA to look for more players from Europe such as Tony Parker and Pau Gasol. Nowitzki was named to the 2006 NBA All-Star Team and led the Mavs to their first ever appearance in the NBA Finals.

Dirk Nowitzki - Did U Know?

  • Dirk Nowitzki led Germany to a silver medal at the World Basketball Championships in 2002.
  • Besides being athletic, Dirk Nowitzki is also quite musical. In his spare time, he plays the saxophone and the guitar.
  • Dirk Nowitzki is best friends with fellow NBA superstar, Steve Nash, who used to be his teammate with the Mavericks.
  • In 2005, Dirk Nowitzki was a victim of a prank on the Ashton Kutcher television show, Punk'd!.
  • Related Stories:

  • Steve Nash Biography
  • Kobe Bryant Biography
  • Allen Iverson - Biography
  • More Bios of Your Fave Athletes
  • 0 Comments

    latest videos

    F1139515439921

    Best European Player In The NBA? Vote!

    • Dirk Nowitzki.
    • Pau Gasol.
    • Tony Parker.
    • Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

    related stories

    Sports in the forums

    AgentC308
    AgentC308 posted in Cheerleading:
    yes because it's awful and no nerd would even think of trying to join a cheerleading team. Also, it has teams and makes you pant if you aren't physically fit.
    reply about 3 hours
    amazing_horse
    yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think so since you have to practice a lot to get things right! If guys want to join cheerleading they can go right ahead if they enjoy it they can do whatever they want. I seriously don't know why it isn't in the Olympics it really should be
    reply about 3 hours
    CloudNineGirl
    "Blake088" wrote:Yes because it is physical exerise.
    reply 1 day
    Blake088
    Blake088 posted in Cheerleading:
    Yes because it is physical exerise.
    reply 1 day
    -Gwen9--
    This years Indianapolis 500 winner is....... JUAN PABLO MONTOYA!!!! Juan has won an Indy 500 before, but many years ago. He has also won the Grand prix of Monaco, Daytona 500, and lots of other events.
    reply 1 day

    play online games