Dirk Nowitzki moved up another spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Friday (Dec. 26), during the Dallas Mavericks 102-98 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The German big man sits at #8 on the list, passing Hall of Fame forward Elvin Hayes with 27,322 points and counting. He also playfully warned Kobe Bryant — who was sitting out of the game to rest — that he’s closing in on his spot.
“I told [Kobe] that I was going to catch him,” Nowitzki said. “But that’s going to be tough.”
He’s five spots behind Kobe, who is currently #3 on the all-time scoring list, who recently surpassed Michael Jordan. Passing Kobe is highly unlikely though, who has 32,365 career points and counting.
Nowitzki is averaging 18.5 points per game this season, and will likely pass Moses Malone (27,409 career points) in early January to move into seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He also should pass Shaquille O’Neal (28,596 points) next season and has a chance to move into the top five by passing Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) before he retires.