Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978) is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). An alumnus of Rntgen Gymnasium and DJK Wrzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was drafted ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft, and was immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played ever since. Standing 7ft0in (2.13m), Nowitzki plays the power forward position but also has the athleticism and shooting ability to play either center or small forward. Nowitzki has led the Mavericks to 12 consecutive NBA Playoffs, including an NBA Finals appearance in 2006 and the franchise's first championship in 2011. He is an 11-time All-Star and 12-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and the first European-born player in NBA history to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.