The HoF recognition that Arvidas Sabonis is receiving got me thinking about the greatest foreign player the NBA has today and has had all time. So for your eyeball pleasure, I’ve concocted some lists.
Of course how you define “foreign” is a little tricky. Patrick Ewing spent his youth in Jamaica, and I don’t mean Queens. Tim Duncan is from the US Virgin Islands. Shaquille O’Neal claims to be part Kryptonian. My take is no US states, territories, or possessions, and no alien planets.
1st Team: G – Steve Nash, G – Manu Ginobili, F – Dirk Nowitzki, F – Pau Gasol, C – Andrew Bogut
2nd Team: G – Tony Parker, G – Carlos Delfino, F – Nene Hilario, F – Nicholas Batum, C – Marc Gasol
Subs: F/C – Andersen Varejao, F – Danilo Gallinari, G – Jose Calderon, G – Rudy Fernandez, G – Marco Belinelli
1st Team: G – Steve Nash, G – Manu Ginobili, F – Dirk Nowitzki, F – Pau Gasol, C – Hakeem Olajuwon
2nd Team: G – Drazen Petrovic, G – Tony Parker, F – Detlef Schrempf, F – Andrei Kirilenko, C – Arvidas Sabonis
Subs: C – Dikembe Mutombo, C – Yao Ming, F – Peja Stojakovic, C – Vlade Divac, F – Toni Kukoc
The All-Time team would have some trouble against a complete NBA All-Time team or All-American team, particularly at point guard, but it would dominate a normal team. Even the 2011 team would be one of the favorites to win it all this year.