1 Karl Malone* 6-9 1986 2004 25.0 10.1 3.6
2 Dirk Nowitzki 7-0 1999 2011 23.0 8.4 2.7
3 Larry Bird* 6-9 1980 1992 24.3 10.0 6.3
4 Bob Pettit* 6-9 1955 1965 26.4 16.2 3.0
5 Bob McAdoo* 6-9 1973 1986 22.1 9.4 2.3
Carlisle notes that there is no one similar to Dirk "because Dirk is 7 feet tall" -- um, OK, if all you are talking about is height you could go with Bargnani or Lohaus, but I assumed when you called Dirk a "Top 10 all-time player" you were referring to the claim that no one has ever put up similar stats as a big forward.
Not so -- Bird, Malone and Petit were all big forwards who had better scoring, rebounding and assist stats. Bird played primarily outside. I guess I should watch some Bob Petit game film, because MY LORD he must have been great. My recollection is that he was a multi-talented player.
McAdoo, as I have said before, is the closest match for Dirk from how he played to how Dirk plays. Deadly shooter, good-not-great rebounder, mediocre assist man. McAdoo also had to play center for the Braves.
Rick Barry, by the by, has similar stats to Dirk and played the game similarly to Dirk, but he gets sorted out because he could not achieve 8 rebounds a game. Remarkably, the ultra-selfish Barry was actually a far better assist man than Dirk and his assist numbers actually trail only Bird.
Kevin Garnett, by the way -- 19.5/10.7/4.1 -- so not the scorer Dirk has been, but a better rebounder, assist man, and defender.
Chris Webber -- 20.8/9.8/4.2 -- another similar player.
Dirk's greatest strength (similar to Karl Malone) is his ability to continue to be a scorer despite advancing age. After Webber turned 30, he averaged 20 a game once. With Garnett it is also one and done. Dirk has already had 3 seasons.
Karl Malone -- 10 seasons with 20+ points a game after turning 30. Wow.