Nov 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates his shot over Washington Wizards power forward Al Harrington (not pictured) during the third quarter at the American Airlines Center. Nowitzki becomes the sixteenth all time scorer in NBA. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Carlisle compares Dirk Nowitzki to Reggie Miller

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has had the privilege of coaching two of the most prolific scorers in NBA history: Reggie Miller and Dirk Nowitzki. Before he was the head coach of the Mavericks he was with the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Miller. He coached Miller for six seasons, two as a head coach and four as an assistant before that.

He sees similarities between the two of them.

“Both meticulous creatures of habit,” Carlisle said, via ESPN Dallas. “Both meticulous in their rituals, their preparation, attention to detail, how they approach the game, care for their bodies, put winning as the priority. All of that stuff is second to none with both of those guys of all of the guys I ever coached and played with — and that includes quite a few Hall of Famers.

“When you talk about integrity and doing it in big moments and stuff like that, Reggie Miller is one of the names that come to your mind.”

This comparison isn’t coming out of the blue. On Wednesday night Dirk Nowitzki could move ahead of Miller on the NBA’s all time scoring list. Nowitzki is 16 points behind Miller and his 25,279 points.

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