The Milwaukee Bucks drafted Nowitzki with the ninth overall pick in the 1998 draft. The franchise then traded him to the Dallas Mavericks, and the rest is history.
The first contract Dirk Nowitzki signed in the NBA was his rookie deal with the Mavs. It was a three-year, $4.7 million contract. Dirk averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds as a rookie while making only $1,472,640.
In his second year in the league, Nowitzki increased his scoring average from 8.2 to 17.5. The seven-footer made $1,583,040 and raised a lot of eyebrows around the league with his shooting skills.
Dirk put up 21.8 points per game during his third season and was all set to sign a lucrative rookie-scale extension with the Mavs.
In October of 2001, Dallas signed Dirk Nowitzki to a four-year, $48 million rookie-scale extension. The contract was set to kick in during the 2002-03 season. Dirk made $2,157,595 in 2001-02, the last year of his rookie deal. He averaged 23.4 points and 9.9 boards, en route to making his first All-Star team.
In 2002-03, Nowitzki earned $10,067,750. He also put up 25.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, so his newfound money wasn't affecting his play on the court.
After his rookie-scale extension expired, Dirk Nowitzki agreed to a five-year, $90.8 million veteran extension with the Mavs in September of 2006. The German sniper made $15,101,625 during the 2006-07 season and won the MVP award as well. Dirk finished that season with averages of 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
In the summer of 2010, the Mavs gave Nowitzki a four-year, $80 million contract. Dirk made $17,278,618 during the 2010-11 season and finally captured his first championship by leading Dallas to the 2011 title over the Miami Heat. Nowitzki won Finals MVP, as he averaged 26.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 97.8 percent from the free-throw line against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
After his four-year, $80 million contract finished, Dirk Nowitzki signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Mavs in the summer of 2014. He had no aspirations of leaving Dallas and wanted to spend his entire NBA career with the Mavericks.
The final two contracts Dirk signed in the NBA came in 2017 and 2018. Nowitzki, who retired from the NBA after the 2018-19 season, will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day. He finished his Mavs career with averages of 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists.