Rank 'Em: NBA's Top International Players

Created: March 11, 2010, 11:44 AM

Where does Dirk Nowitzki rank?

Who are the best international players in NBA history?

More than a decade into his NBA career, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is having one of his finest seasons for the league's hottest team. But is the German-born big man with the sweet outside shot making a case as the best international player in NBA history? There's plenty of competition from former teammate Steve Nash, Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon and others, but how do you size up the contenders?

Spanning almost every continent on the globe, consider the candidates below and submit your rankings for an increasingly global game.


 
 
  • 1989-2005
    11.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.1 apg
  • 1997-present
    20.9 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 3.1 apg
  • 2001-present
    18.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 3.2 apg
  • 2002-present
    14.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apg
  • 1993-2006
    11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg
  • 2002-present
    19.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.6 apg
  • 1991-2009
    9.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.8 bpg
  • 1996-present
    14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 8.2 apg
  • 1998-present
    22.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.6 apg
  • 1984-2002
    21.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 3.1 bpg
  • 2001-present
    16.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.6 apg
  • 1989-93
    15.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.4 apg
  • 1985-2001
    13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.4 apg
  • 1988-2000
    14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg
  • 1998-present
    17.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg