Dirk Nowitzki To Make 11th Consecutive All-Star Appearance
- For Immediate Release
- February 9, 2012
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will represent the Western Conference as a reserve in the 61st NBA All-Star Game, the league announced tonight. Nowitzki will appear in his 11th consecutive All-Star Game, more than any other player in franchise history.
"I am really excited to make the All-Star Team this year," Nowitzki said. "It was a tough road back to full health for me, but I am honored that the coaches thought enough of me to make me an All-Star. It has been a privilege to represent the Mavericks organization over the last decade and I look forward to doing it again in Orlando."
In 22 games, Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 17.6 points to go with 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 31.9 minutes. The 14-year pro is shooting 46.1% from the field and 90.2% from the free throw line.
On February 8, 2012, Nowitzki scored a game-high 25 points and passed Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 21st place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He now has 23,179 career points and needs 156 to pass Robert Parish (23,334) for 20th place. He ranks third among active players in career scoring, trailing only Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. Only three other players born outside of the United States have more career points than the seven-footer from Germany. Those players are Hakeem Olajuwon (26.946, born in Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (26,668, born in France) and Patrick Ewing (24,815, born in Jamaica).
Nowitzki is joined on the West team by reserves LeMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers), Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) and Kevin Durant (Thunder) were selected by the fans as the West's starters.
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game will be played at Amway Center in Orland on Sunday, February 26, 2012. It will air live at 7 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio and will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.