Country of origin: Germany
Career years: 1998–present
Career stats: 1188 G, 22.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Accolades: NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP, 12x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-NBA Second Team, 3x All-NBA Third Team
Few could have predicted the lanky, goofy German kid taken No. 9 overall in the 1998 NBA Draft would go on to be a Hall of Famer, but really given his pedigree it's no surprise that Dirk Nowitzki was destined for NBA success. Both his mother (basketball) and his father (handball) were professional athletes, and although he didn't start playing seriously until he was 15 years old, it was apparent from the beginning that Dirk was going to be quite good.
After being named "German Basketballer of the Year" in 1998 as an 18-year-old, he headed to the NBA where he has gone on to score 26,786 points (currently 10th all-time.)