Dirk Nowitizki is closing in on another milestone, needing 18 points tonight against Milwaukee at AAC to reach 15,000 for his career. The MVP contender (favorite) would be the 105th player in NBA history to reach the plateau, the last being Tracy McGrady.
Dirk is off to a good start, scoring 13 in the first quarter. He's up to 15 on the game. He's also closing in on becoming the franchise's all-time leading scorer, though it won't happen this season. Dirk should catch Ro Blackman (16,643) sometime next season if he's scoring anywhere near his current 25 points per game. Dirk began the season third on the team list but passed up Mark Aguirre earlier this year.
As for the all-time list, he could break into the top 30 in the next few years. Tom Chambers currently sits 30th at 20,049. Here's a look at the league's top 10 scorers:
|1. Kareem Abdul-Jabber||1,560||15,837||6,712||24.6||38,387|
|2. Karl Malone||1,476||13,528||9,787||25.0||36,928|
|3. Michael Jordan||1,072||12,192||7,327||30.1||32,292|
|4. Wilt Chamberlain||1,045||12,681||6,057||30.1||31,419|
|5. Moses Malone||1,329||9,435||8,531||20.6||27,409|
|6. Elvin Hayes||1,303||10,976||5,356||21.0||27,313|
|7. Hakeem Olajuwon||1,238||10,749||5,423||21.8||26,946|
|8. Oscar Robertson||1,040||9,508||7,694||25.7||26,710|
|9. Dominique Wilkins||1,074||9,963||6,031||24.8||26,668|
|10. John Havlicek||1,270||10,513||5,369||20.8||26,395|