IN NUMBERS: Nowitzki joins Kareem in elite NBA club

Delfin Dioquino
The 21-year Mavericks veteran becomes only the fourth player in NBA history with 1,500 games played

STILL GOT IT. Dirk Nowitzki continues to set personal milestones. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – As the NBA season progresses, the all-time statistics lists are bound to be shaken up.

Here are some interesting numbers entering Week 20 of the 2018-19 season. 


Longevity is one of the many things Dirk Nowitzki can boast. 

Nowitzki joined an elite club with Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Robert Parish and John Stockton as he became the fourth player in NBA history to see action in 1,500 games. 

The 21-year Dallas Mavericks star can overtake Stockton (1,504) for 3rd place in all-time games played before the season ends. Parish and Abdul-Jabaar played in 1,611 and 1,560 games, respectively. 


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Congrats to <a href=””>@swish41</a> of the <a href=””>@dallasmavs</a> for becoming the 4th player in <a href=””>@NBAHistory</a> to play in 1,500 games! <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ThisIsWhyWePlay</a> <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#MFFL</a> <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; NBA (@NBA) <a href=””>February 26, 2019</a></blockquote>
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From one assist maestro to another.

Chris Paul needs to dish out 48 dimes to pass playmaking great Isiah Thomas for 7th place in the all-time assists list.

Averaging 8.3 assists this season, the Houston Rockets guard – who has tallied 9,014 assists throughout his career – can eclipse Thomas’ record of 9,061 assists in nearly 6 games. 


That is the number of points Vince Carter has to score to surpass Reggie Miller for 20th place in the all-time scoring list.

The Atlanta Hawks veteran has amassed 25,238 points while Miller had 25,279 throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Norming 6.6 points this season, Carter can leapfrog Miller in approximately 6 games. 


Since he was nabbed as the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Karl-Anthony Towns has started in all games for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 23-year-old big man now holds the longest starting streak for a player who has debuted since the 1970-71 season with 304 successive games. – 


Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.