Dirk Nowitzki To Make Ninth Consecutive All-Star Appearance
DIRK NOWITZKI TO MAKE NINTH CONSECUTIVE ALL-STAR APPEARANCE
January 28, 2010
DALLAS - Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will represent the Western Conference as a reserve in The 59th NBA All-Star Game, the league announced today. Nowitzki will appear in his ninth consecutive All-Star Game, more than any other player in franchise history.
"It is an honor to represent the Mavericks in my new hometown of Dallas," Nowitzki said. "I am always thankful for the opportunity to play in the All-Star Game. We home to put on a good show for our fans."
In 44 games this season, Nowitzki is averaging a team-high 25.2 points to go with 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steal 1.2 blocks and 37.9 minutes. The 11-year NBA veteran has led Dallas to a Southwest Division-leading 30-15 through the first half of the season.
On January 13, Nowitzki hit a career milestone when he scored his 20,000th career point. The native of Germany became just the 34th player in NBA history to reach the plateau. He currently ranks sixth among active players in career scoring trailing Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.
Carmelo Anthony (Denver), Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers), Steve Nash (Phoenix), Amar'e Stoudemire (Phoenix) and Tim Duncan (San Antonio) were selected by fans as the West's starters. Nowitzki is joined by reserves Pau Gasol (L.A. Lakers), Chris Paul (New Orleans), Brandon Roy (Portland), Zach Randolph (Memphis), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) and Deron Williams (Utah).
The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is set to host the NBA's All-Star festivities for the first time since 1986. The 59th All-Star Game will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 14, 2010 at 7:00PM CT. The T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and All-Star Saturday Night will be hosted at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.