The best current international NBA players

The best current international NBA players

The NBA is all about international players these days. Heck, the past three MVP winners — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jokic and Joel Embiid — are all international players. That group very well may include Luka Doncic someday as well. But the international talent in the NBA isn’t just at the top of the league — it’s everywhere. Here are the 20 best international players in the NBA today.

Note: Canadian players were not considered. Neither were players born in the Caribbean Islands who played at American colleges (so no Al Horford, Karl-Anthony Towns, Deandre Ayton, etc.). Finally, players like Domantas Sabonis, whose father was an international player, but was born in the United States, were not considered. Enjoy!

Speaking of incredible value picks, it’s hard to believe that Giannis Antetokounmpo, who will go down as one of the 15-20 greatest players of all time, lasted all the way to the 15th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. The Greek native has been the league’s best development story ever. Drafted as a skinny and gangly 6-foot-9 forward from a little-known secondary league in Greece, Giannis grew to a muscular seven-footer who is now the most unstoppable two-way force in the league. The two-time MVP and one-time champion still has a long career in front of him and should be a consistent MVP contender and championship contender for the next half decade, if not longer.

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