Dirk Added To All-Star Game As 'Special Roster Addition'

Dirk Nowitzki
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By 105.3 The Fan

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) - Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has been addeded to the NBA All-Star game as a special roster addition, along with Dwayne Wade, according to reports. 

In honor of their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and beloved ambassadors and in recognition of their All-Star careers, Nowitzki and Wade will take the court for the 68th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center.

“Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the NBA: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “As a global celebration of basketball, our All-Star Game is an ideal setting to salute these first-class NBA champions and Finals MVPs.”

Nowitzki and Wade will be selected in a new third round of the 2019 NBA All-Star Draft, adding a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster.

A 13-time NBA All-Star selection before this season, Nowitzki ranks seventh on the NBA’s all-time points list (31,275) and is the career scoring leader among international players. The 7-footer from Germany won the 2006-07 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first European-born player to earn the honor. He was also named the 2011 Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award winner after leading the Mavericks to their first NBA championship.