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Larry Bird vs Dirk Nowitzki Comparison

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Larry Bird vs Dirk Nowitzki Comparison

Head-to-head comparison of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki that includes stats, championships won, and awards.  Go to our Player Comparison page to check out other comparisons. Nowitzki stats have updated as of June 14, 2016.

Position and Height

Position

Larry Bird – Small Forward/Power Forward
Dirk Nowitzki – Power Forward

Height

Larry Bird – 6’9″
Dirk Nowitzki – 7’0″

Championships and Seasons Played

Seasons Played

Larry Bird – 13 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 18 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19

NBA Championships

Larry Bird – 3 ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1 ball_19

Playoff Appearances

Larry Bird – 12 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 15 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19

Awards and Honors

Hall of Fame

Larry Bird – Yes
Dirk Nowitzki – No (Still Playing)

Regular Season MVP

Larry Bird – 3 ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1 ball_19

Finals MVP

Larry Bird – 2 ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1 ball_19

All NBA First Team

Larry Bird – 9 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 4 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19

All-Star Games

Larry Bird – 12 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 13 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19

Rookie of the Year

Larry Bird – Yes ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – No

All-NBA First Team

Larry Bird – 9 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 4 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19

All NBA Teams

Larry Bird – 10 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 12 ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19ball_19

All Defensive Team

Larry Bird – 3 ball_19ball_19ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 0

Regular Season Career Stats

A basketball next to the player represents the winner of the comparison.  A basketball next to both players means a tie.

Career Games

Larry Bird – 897
Dirk Nowitzki – 1,340 ball_19

Points Per Game

Larry Bird – 24.3 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 22.0

Assists Per Game

Larry Bird – 6.3 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 2.5

Rebounds Per Game

Larry Bird – 10.0 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 7.9

Blocks Per Game

Larry Bird – 0.8
Dirk Nowitzki – 0.9 ball_19

Steals Per Game

Larry Bird – 1.7 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 0.8

Career Points

Larry Bird – 21,791
Dirk Nowitzki – 29,491 ball_19

Career Assists

Larry Bird – 5,695 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 3,414

Career Rebounds

Larry Bird – 8,974
Dirk Nowitzki – 10,541 ball_19

Career Steals

Larry Bird – 1,556 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1,128

Career Blocks 

Larry Bird – 755
Dirk Nowitzki – 1,180 ball_19

Triple-Doubles

Larry Bird – 59 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 2

Career Field Goal Percentage

Larry Bird – .496 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – .474

Career Free Throw Percentage

Larry Bird – .886 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – .879

Career 3 Point Percentage 

Larry Bird – .376
Dirk Nowitzki – .381 ball_19

Playoff Career Stats

Career Playoff Games

Larry Bird – 164 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 145

Points Per Game

Larry Bird – 23.8
Dirk Nowitzki – 25.3 ball_19

Assists Per Game

Larry Bird – 6.5 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 2.5

Rebounds Per Game

Larry Bird – 10.3 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 10.0

Blocks Per Game

Larry Bird – 0.9 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 0.9 ball_19

Steals Per Game

Larry Bird – 1.8 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1.0

Career Playoff Points

Larry Bird – 3,897 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 3,663

Career Playoff Assists

Larry Bird – 1,062 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 360

Career Playoff Rebounds

Larry Bird – 1,683 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1,446

Career Playoff Blocks

Larry Bird – 145 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 129

Career Playoff Steals

Larry Bird – 296 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 149

Career Playoff Field Goal Percentage

Larry Bird – .472 ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – .462

Career Playoff Free Throw Percentage

Larry Bird – .890
Dirk Nowitzki – .892 ball_19

Career Playoff 3-Point Percentage

Larry Bird – .321
Dirk Nowitzki – .365 ball_19

Best Regular Season

Points Per Game

Larry Bird – 29.9 (1988) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 26.6 (2006)

Assists Per Game

Larry Bird – 7.6 (1987) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 3.5 (2008)

Rebounds Per Game

Larry Bird – 11.0 (1983) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 9.9 (2002)

Blocks Per Game

Larry Bird – 1.2 (1985)
Dirk Nowitzki – 1.5 (2005) ball_19

Steals Per Game

Larry Bird – 2.0 (1986) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 1.4 (2003)

Best Playoffs

Points Per Game

Larry Bird – 27.5 (1984)
Dirk Nowitzki – 28.4 (2002) ball_19

Assists Per Game

Larry Bird – 8.8 (1990) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 4.0 (2008)

Rebounds Per Game

Larry Bird – 14.0 (1981) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 13.1 (2002)

Blocks Per Game

Larry Bird – 1.4 (1982)
Dirk Nowitzki – 2.6 (2004) ball_19

Steals Per Game

Larry Bird – 2.3 (1984) ball_19
Dirk Nowitzki – 2.0 (2002)

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