International players have invaded this league for a number of years now. They all bring something different to the game but the best of them can hang with anyone in the league. Here is the cream of the crop.
Kyrie essentially grew up in America, but was born in Australia. He is a top 3 point guard in the NBA and has the best handles in the game. He has been an all star 5 times and won an NBA Championship with the Cavs in 2016.
The Greek Freak is amazing, he can guard any position on the floor and is one of the most dominant scorers this league has ever seen, and that’s without a consistent jump shot. This guy is special. If Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant has a baby who couldn’t shoot a jump-shot Giannis is the baby.
We were all told to Trust The Process, and Embiid has certainly delivered. He started the All-Star game in his first full season in the NBA. He is a handful to guard and a suffocating defender. Joel has arrived.
The Unicorn has been truly sensational to watch, at his height, 7″3 he has handles and a shot from anywhere on the court. If he can stay healthy and grow some muscle this guy could be one of the leagues best in a few years.
This Australian has been a big surprise this year, he runs like a gazelle down the court, passes like Steve Nash and can dunk on anyone. He’s a triple double machine! If he develops a shot this kid could be deadly.
This guy is the NBA’s Khal Drogo, this Kiwi is big and firey and scoops up all the rebounds. He is a warrior on the court.
This tall Frenchman has been a defensive power house. Whoever said French guys are soft has not met Gobert. This guy is the real deal. He has missed a ton of games this year and is still favored for the Defensive Player Of The Year Award.
The Gasol Brothers
Pau and Marc Gasol have been some of the best big men in the game throughout their careers. Pau is one of the best passing big men of all time and Marc is a great offensive presence on the court.
Manu is one of only 5 players over 40 to score 25 points in a game. He is a scrappy player and a stingy defender. Although he is towards the end of an amazing NBA career that included multiple titles he still can ball with the best of them.
This Frenchman has been an outstanding point guard in the NBA for years, and he was married to a Desperate Houswives Star. Nuff Said.
Dirk is a legend, he was the original Unicorn. A seven footer with a silky smooth jump shot and the ability to shoot over every defender with his frame. He put the Mavericks on his back against the Heat in the 2011 finals and shocked the world against a seemingly unbeatable team. He is one of only a few players in history to reach 30000 points and will probably go down as the pioneer that started a huge influx of foreign players to come into the league.
Al Horford has been an underrated player in the league for years now. He got an all star nod this year. In part of an insane record the Celtics boasted going into the all star break, all without star guard Gordon Hayward. Horford is not a big stat guy but his efficiency on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball are something to marvel at.
The joker has a lot of tricks up his sleeves. He’s a 6″10 point forward with great passing ability and a nice jump shot. He is only 23 years old but even at such a young age has dominated the league with his ability to create for himself and his teammates.
This rookie has shown glimpses of a great game in the making, giving him the title baby dirk. An homage to the great Dirk Nowitzki. He has a decent shot for a rookie and gives hope to a tanking Bulls franchise for a bright future.
Batum has been a great scorer in the NBA for years. He often gets a bad rap for his insane contract, but he is definitely the real deal. It’s hard to gauge how good he could be when he is stuck with a Hornets franchise that seems to always be running in place, but for a good team he could be a great rotation player.
Dragic has lead a surprisingly competitive Miami Heat team. He is averaging 17 points 5 assists and 4 rebounds very well rounded numbers and has shown he can be the best player on a playoff team. The Heat are only a couple good pieces away from being a legit playoff contender, which is crazy to think about considering they are only a few years removed from the dismantling of their super team.
In his second year in the NBA Dario has made leaps and bounds compared to his rookie season. He is a tenacious defender, a great shooter, and he is able to penetrate a defense whenever he wants. His passing has also come along very well and if he keeps developing at this rate, will be a great player in this league for years to come.