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  • First NameDirk
  • Last NameNowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki is a German former professional basketball player who played as the power forward for the National Basketball Alliance (NBA) team, the Dallas Mavericks, for the entirety of his two-decade-long NBA career.  

Widely considered one of the greatest power forwards and the greatest European basketball player in history, Nowitzki has a net worth of $140 million. Here is how he made his wealth:

Dirk Nowitzki Net Worth and Salary Breakdown    

Nowitzki’s prodigious wealth comes from his tenure as the power forward for the NBA team, the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki started playing basketball in high school as a 15-year-old when he joined the local cub, DJK Würzburg. It was here where he caught the eye of former basketballer, Holger Geschwindner, who took him under his wing. 

He played for DJK Würzburg from 1994 to 1998 before setting his eyes on grander pastures — namely, the NBA. 

He was drafted ninth by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA draft and was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks. After a disappointing initial run, Nowitzki found his stride and became an invaluable part of the team as the power forward.

With Nowitzki at the helm, the Mavericks were able to reach the NBA playoffs for fifteen consecutive years from 2001 to 2016; barring 2013. The Mavericks were also able to reach the finals in 2006 and landed their first and only NBA championship in 2011.

Nowitzki announced his retirement from active competition after 21 years with the Mavericks — a record in itself — in April 2019. 

Nowitzki retired as one of the most celebrated athletes in NBA history and according to many sports pundits, the greatest European NBA player of all time.

He was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2007 and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2011.

He has also represented his country as part of the German national basketball team and led his team to a bronze victory at the 2002 FIBA World Championship and a silver distinction at EuroBasket 2005.    

 Salary By Year

The table below shows Dirk Nowitzki’s yearly salary as part of the Dallas Mavericks:  

NBA SeasonNBA TeamEarnings (In $)
1998-99 Dallas Mavericks 1,472,640
1999-00 Dallas Mavericks 1,583,040
2000-01 Dallas Mavericks 1,693,560
2001-02 Dallas Mavericks 2,157,595
2002-03 Dallas Mavericks 10,067,750
2003-04 Dallas Mavericks 11,326,219
2004-05 Dallas Mavericks 12,584,688
2005-06 Dallas Mavericks 13,843,156
2006-07 Dallas Mavericks 15,101,625
2007-08 Dallas Mavericks 16,360,094
2008-09 Dallas Mavericks 18,077,904
2009-10 Dallas Mavericks 19,795,714
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks 17,278,618
2011-12 Dallas Mavericks 19,092,873
2012-13Dallas Mavericks21,000,000
2013-14Dallas Mavericks23,000,000

How Old is Dirk Nowitzki? His Age, Height, and Parents  

Dirk Nowitzki was born Dirk Werner Nowitzki on June 19, 1978. The 41-year-old is a native of Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany. 

Nowitzki stands at a solid 7 feet (2.13 meters), making him ideal for such a sport as basketball.

Dirk was born in a household of athletes. His father, Jörg-Werner, was a professional handball player who represented Germany in many international tournaments. His mother, Helga Bredenbröcker, is a retired basketball player herself, who played for the West Germany national team.     

Dirk’s older sister, Silke Nowitzki, is a former track and field player who followed her brother into professional basketball and even managed for him.

Who is Dirk Nowitzki Married to? Does He Have Children?

Dirk Nowitzki has been married since 2012 to the Swedish actress, Jessica Olsson. Olsson is an actress known for her recurring appearances in TV shows like Gåsmamman and The Lawyer.

Nowitzki and Olsson married on July 20, 2012, and have been together ever since. They have two children together: daughter Malaika Nowitzki (born on July 24, 2013), and son Max Nowitzki (born on March 24, 2015).

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