Dirk Nowitzki will donate $20 for every two-pointer the Dallas Mavericks make for a month to research of a rare disease, he said recently.
The Mavs superstar is teaming with the iBellieve Foundation to raise money for research on MPS II, also known as Hunter syndrome, a rare and progressively debilitating genetic disorder that almost exclusively affects males. Enlarged heads, build-ups of fluid in the brain, bone and joint deformities, and heart valve abnormalities are just some of the complications that can befall MPS II sufferers. Nowitzki is a long-time friend and supporter of iBellieve Foundation founder, Simon Ibell.
Alright, so let’s do some math.
The Mavs are currently averaging about 39.4 field goals a game this year, but 9.8 of those are three-pointers. That means the team’s making—on average—29.6 two-pointers a game. Multiply that by $20: $592. Multiply that by 16 (number of games between Nov. 6 and Dec. 6): $9,472.