Dispelling fears that he was hitting the end of his illustrious career, Dirk Nowitzki keeps on trucking as his Mavs sit at fifth in the Western Conference standings. His raw numbers are down from his peak due to steadily reduced minutes since his absolute peak, but his percentages remain indistinguishable from any of his other fantastic campaigns. Still balling, Dirk also happens to still be climbing up the lists for various all-time standings, this time passing Shaquille O’Neal for sixth on the scoring list tonight in Brooklyn:
It’ll be some time before Dirk, who eclipsed Shaq’s 28,956, is able to catch Wilt Chamberlain for 5th, assuming he wants to play that long. Chamberlain stands at 31,419 points, although Nowitzki wouldn’t need to pass him to join the 30,000 point club, which for some time had just four members (Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt) until Kobe Bryant joined them.