The last of a dying breed, Dallas Maverick’s GOAT Dirk Nowitzki confirms his retirement from the beautiful game of basketball after over 20 years of knee-jerking, hat-biting, popcorn spilling moments in the NBA. He leaves the league with two championship rings and an estimated net worth of $170 million. Here’s what you might want to know about Dirk Nowitzki’s net worth.
The Legend of Dallas
One of the most loyal players in the game, he made almost $250 million in his career with the same team. He’s one of the only players (along with Kobe Bryant) to spend two decades with an NBA team and the only player to spend 21 seasons with a team.
What’s even more impressive? He did all this without an agent. While some could describe it as a double-edged sword, leaving him as one of the only players in the league with a no-trade clause and less than what others in the league would bargain for, he’s earned far greater than that – the respect of Dallas basketball fans and a legacy written in gold.
While playing for the Mavericks, he’s had more win shares in a season than the highest paid player in the league. 13 times. Despite that, he accepted a smaller salary to free up space for the Mavericks to sign other players.
Dirk Nowitzki’s Sacrifice
According to some reports, he sacrificed as much as $194 million in discount contracts for the Mavericks. Two contracts could push his career earnings to $446 million by the end of the 2018-19 season. They say love is sacrifice-Nowitzki has shown that, both on and off the court.
His recent earnings were as high as $25 million, similar to his 2012 and 2013 salary of $20.9 million and $22.7 million, respectively. Significant jumps from his humble beginnings in 98’ with $1.47 million.
Love of the Game
“I am satisfied with what I have,” he said. “How crazy do you have to be when you can afford everything but still clutter up your life with all sorts of advertising appointments? No thanks.”
His achievements far outweigh any financial rewards he would have gained in his illustrious career. He is the first Maverick voted into an All-NBA team. He was the first non-American player to win the Naismith Legacy Award in 2012. Even more impressive is the 11 times he has been an NBA All-Star.
Humility and Greatness at the Same Time
Like many sporting legends, Nowitzki is known for his greatness on and off the court. From his beginnings in Würzburg, Germany to the Bundesliga and ultimately, the NBA, he’s been a beacon of pride for his country and Dallas. With Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, he’s been able to help children focus on their wellbeing and education. It has provided grants to several other foundations and causes, from Dallas to the Democratic Republic of Congo.