Devin Harris wants to make the assist on Dirk Nowitzki to pass Wilt Chamberlain on all-time scoring list
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is closing in on history. Ahead of Monday’s game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans, Nowitzki sits just three points behind Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Is there competition amongst the Mavericks to see who can gift Dirk that historic bucket? Just ask point guard Devin Harris, per Brice Paterik of Mavs Moneyball:
“Oh, there’s no competition, it’s gonna be me.”
Harris has dished out 3,834 assists during his 15-year NBA career, but that one would arguably be his biggest. After starting his NBA journey with the Mavericks in 2004-05 after he was selected with the fifth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by Washington, Harris has made four other stops with franchises across the league before returning to Dallas for the twilight of his career. This season, he has averaged 6.1 points and a career-low 1.6 assists per game, but the 36-year-old has also moved into a full-time bench role, not starting any of his 56 games played in during 2018-19. Harris and Nowitzki have been staples for the Mavericks over the last decade and a half, playing 10 years alongside one another.
As for Nowitzki, if the 13 remaining regular-season games are his last in the NBA, he’ll pass at least one more legend on his way out the door. Should he come back for another ride in 2019-20, Michael Jordan and fifth place could be in reach, but at 40 years old, Dallas’ franchise cornerstone for the last two decades will likely be content with passing Wilt, no matter who dishes him the ball.