Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki confirms he'll be back for 20th season

While originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 9 overall pick in the first-round of the 1998 NBA Draft, the soon-to-be 39-year-old has spent his entire NBA career in Dallas as it stands today.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki confirmed his intention to return next season for a 20th year with the club. The Mavericks icon told reporters Thursday that he plans to suit up again next season. The Mavericks remain the only franchise an active Dirk has ever known, as the future Hall of Famer was dealt to the city by Milwaukee on National Basketball Association draft night in 1998. Nowitzki could move ahead of Chamberlain if he averaged 14.1 points across 82 games, 16.5 points across 70 games, or 21 points across 55 games.

Dallas Morning News reporter Brad Townsend also added this tweet that includes the possibility of Dirk playing more than one more National Basketball Association season.

In March, Nowitzki surpassed the 30,000-point plateau, becoming just the sixth player in National Basketball Association history to reach the mark. The 7-foot power forward has scored 30,260 points. However, Nowitzki also managed to add 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists over the course of a respectable 26.4 minutes per contest this past season. The 12-time All-Star won a title with the Mavericks during the 2011 season.

Nowitzki averaged just 14.2 points last season, the second-fewest of his 19 seasons in the league, as the elder statesman of a Dallas team whose 33-49 record was its worst of the century.

  • Todd Kelly