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Opening Tip: Dirk vs. KG by the numbers

11/27/2013

Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett going back and forth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list this week makes an old debate particularly timely.

If Tim Duncan is classified as a center, is Dirk or KG the best power forward of their generation?

It’s a discussion that has plenty of room for nuance. For now, let’s just look at the numbers.

REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

Games: Garnett 1,336, Nowitzki 1,123

Points: Garnett 25,364, Nowitzki 25,361

Points per game: Nowitzki 22.6, Garnett 19.0

Rebounds: Garnett 13,944, Nowitzki 9,190

Rebounds per game: Garnett 10.4, Nowitzki 8.2

Assists: Garnett 5,250, Nowitzki 2,958

Assists per game: Garnett 3.9, Nowitzki 2.6

Blocks: Garnett 1,980, Nowitzki 1,056

Blocks per game: Garnett 1.5, Nowitzki 0.9

Steals: Garnett 1,755, Nowitzki 981

Steals per game: Garnett 1.3, Nowitzki 0.9

Field-goal percentage: Garnett .498, Nowitzki .475

3-point percentage: Nowitzki .382, Garnett .277

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Games: Garnett 131, Nowitzki 128

Titles: Nowitzki 1, Garnett 1

Finals appearances: Nowitzki 2, Garnett 2

Points: Nowitzki 3,321, Garnett 2,518

Points per game: Nowitzki 25.9, Garnett 19.2

Rebounds: Garnett 1,458, Nowitzki 1,314

Rebounds per game: Garnett 11.1, Nowitzki 10.3

Assists: Garnett 455, Nowitzki 329

Assists per game: Garnett 3.5, Nowitzki 2.6

Blocks: Garnett 181, Nowitzki 118

Blocks per game: Garnett 1.4, Nowitzki 0.9

Steals: Garnett 169, Nowitzki 139

Steals per game: Garnett 1.3, Nowitzki 1.1

Field-goal percentage: Garnett .477, Nowitzki .463

3-point percentage: Nowitzki .380, Garnett .283

HONORS

All-Star appearances: Garnett 15, Nowitzki 11

MVP: Nowitzki 1, Garnett 1

NBA Finals MVP: Nowitzki 1, Garnett 0

Defensive Player of the Year: Garnett 1, Nowitzki 0

All-Defensive team: Garnett 12 (9 first-team), Nowitzki 0

All-NBA: Nowitzki 12 (4 first-team), Garnett 9 (4 first-team)

Player of the Week: Garnett 20, Nowitzki 15

Player of the Month: Garnett 9, Nowitzki 6

REGULAR SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD

Points per game: Nowitzki 23.1, Garnett 22.7

Rebounds per game: Garnett 11.9, Nowitzki 8.3

Assists per game: Garnett 4.5, Nowitzki 2.1

Blocks per game: Garnett 1.2, Nowitzki 0.8

Steals per game: Garnett 1.3, Nowitzki 0.7

Field-goal percentage: Garnett .518, Nowitzki .468

3-point percentage: Nowitzki .397, Garnett .294

Wins: Nowitzki 19, Garnett 16

PLAYOFFS HEAD-TO-HEAD

Points per game: Nowitzki 33.3, Garnett 24.0

Rebounds per game: Garnett 18.7, Nowitzki 15.7

Assists per game: Garnett 5.0, Nowitzki 0.7

Blocks per game: Garnett 1.7, Nowitzki 1.3

Steals per game: Nowitzki 3.0, Garnett 1.7

Field-goal percentage: Nowitzki .526, Garnett .429

3-point percentage: Nowitzki .727, Garnett .500

Wins: Nowitzki 3, Garnett 0