German Basketballer Dirk Nowitzki's Overall Trades & Net Worth: His Career So Far

Updated On 31 Oct, 2018 Published On

Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.  Dirk has so far played as a professional for DJK Wurzburg (1994-98) and Dallas Mavericks (1998- present). Dirk led the Dallas to 15 NBA playoff appearances and its only NBA championship in 2011.

Dirk, standing 2.13 m (7 feet) tall, is considered one of the greatest power forwards of all time. Regarded as one of the best on the field, Dirk has been earning a big chunk of money befitting his stature. Currently, Dirk has an estimated net worth of $170 million.

Dirk Nowitzki's Net Worth in 2018: $170 Million

Dirk Nowitzki's has an estimated net worth of $170 million, as of 2018. His annual salary for the 2018-19 season for the Dallas is $5 million. Dirk has already earned around $245 million in his 19-years long career, mostly from the Dallas Mavericks.

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I look pretty fine as a bobblehead don't I? #bobblehead

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In 2017, Dirk was ranked 56 in the Forbes' list of The World's Highest-Paid Athletes, with an income of $26 million. Dirk earned his $25 million in between July 2016 to July 2017.

Dirk Nowitzki: An Underpaid NBA Star

Dirk Nowitzki is one of the greatest players of all-time. In the 2006-07 season when Dirk won MVP, he had 16.3 win shares, which means if you took Dirk out of the Dallas that season, the team would win 16.3 fewer games. Dirk led the NBA in win shares for two seasons.

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When I won my ESPY award in 2011.

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Dirk is also the first international player to score 300,000 regular-season points and one of only three to reach the milestone with one team, including Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.

In his 20-year long career, Dirk had more win shares in a season than the highest paid player in the league, 13 times. Dirk has never been the highest paid player in the NBA. The only time he has been the highest paid player in the Dallas is in 2016, with an annual earning of $25 million.

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Dirk Nowitzki is one of the three NBA players who operate without an agent including LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

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Dirk would be worth higher given he hadn't sacrificed millions in discount contracts for the Dallas. In 2006, Dirk had two years remaining on his original rookie extension when he agreed on another extension of $59 million for three years.

In case he hadn't taken the deal, he would in 2008 have been eligible for a six-year contract worth $158 million as a 10-year veteran at the team.

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If Dirk wouldn't have walked out of the early max deal, his next contract with Dallas would be in 2014. Then he would have been eligible for a five-year deal worth $239 million max contract. Instead, he penned a three-year contract worth $25 million in 2014 and a one-year deal in 2016 worth $25 million.

With those contracts, Dirk's total career earning would be at $446 million by the end of the 2018-19 season, $194 million more than his actual career earning, $245 million.

Despite a career earning at about a quarter of $1 billion and an estimated net worth of $170 million, Dirk is often regarded as an underpaid athlete.