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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Opening Tip: Dirk vs. KG by the numbers

By Tim MacMahon

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.

Dirk Nowitzki
Is Dirk Nowitzki or Kevin Garnett the best power forward of their generation?
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