Over the course of the last decade or so, we have seen an insurgence of basketball players into the NBA that have come from overseas. Today, we’re listing off some of the best internationally born players that are now in the NBA.
When the international phase started in the NBA, there were a ton of players coming from countries like Croatia, Lithuania, and the likes. However, some of the best NBA internationals right now are coming from France. Tony Parker and Joakim Noah are both clearly amongst the best 50 players in the NBA at the moment, and they are arguably the two best international players that the league has to offer.
Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers also has to be considered a Top 10 international player from France.
England’s Luol Deng is still doing the job for the Chicago Bulls as a big man alongside of Noah. Parker has a pair of great international teammates as well in Tim Duncan (from the Virgin Islands) and Manu Ginobili (Argentina). The Spurs are making for great NBA predictions this season, and they broke the record this year for the most internationally born players on an opening day roster with eight.
Pau and Marc Gasol are both brothers from a Spanish international team that is chock full of NBA players. Serge Ibaka has to be considered on this list of international stars in the NBA as well. Honorable mentions clearly have to go out to Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio.
The New Orleans Hornets have done well with Greivis Vasquez, who is the most notable Venezuelan to make it to the NBA.
It’s tough to limit this list to just 10, as we haven’t even mentioned some of the names from Montenegro. This countries has given us the likes of Nikola Pekovic and Nikola Vucevic.