Dirk Passes Hakeem on All-Time International Players Scoring List


Dirk Nowitzki is now the NBA’s scoring king–when it comes to international players.

The man known as ‘Swish’ around the NBA, just passed the great Nigerian born Hakeem Olajuwon for the top spot on the all-time international players scoring list.

Nowitzki, a 17-year veteran, and native of Wurzburg, Germany,  entered the 106-98 victory over Sacramento Kings needing 17 points to pass Olajuwon, the former Rockets center who finished his Hall of Fame career with 26,946 points.

“It’s an honor,” said Nowitzki, who knocked down a midrange jumper with 8:56 remaining in the game to pass Olajuwon. “To do it at home, it was even more special. Getting a standing ovation, it was great.

“Hakeem, to me, was one of the greatest. I grew up watching him in the 90s. His footwork, his touch, was next to no other. I’m really humbled to keep climbing the ladder, blessed to stay healthy, and play at a semi-high level, I guess.”