players are slowly but surely becoming a bigger and bigger part of the
world's best basketball league. We're going to take a closer look at
some of the best foreigners around today and whether or not they have enough talent to influence your free NBA picks.
We've got to start off with Dirk Nowitzki, the veteran of the bunch.
The German sharpshooter has been in the league 14 years but remains one
of the game's elite.
Nowitzki struggled to find full fitness last season and his numbers
subsequently dropped, but there's rumors that he's been super focused
this past offseason. Whether that means he comes out guns ablazing
remains to be seen.
Next on the list is a nice little trio of Tony
Parker, Pau Gasol and Manu Ginobili, whom you can all see in the
Olympics coming up shortly.
Parker will be the heart and soul of the French team just like he is
for the San Antonio Spurs, while Ginobili will try to lead Argentina to
the promised land. Gasol teams with his brother Marc, another great
foreigner, on a pretty stacked Spain squad.
We also really like Luis Scola, who was recently amnestied by the
Houston Rockets and picked up at a discount by the Phoenix Suns.
As for younger talent, it's got to be Ricky Rubio, the Spanish point
guard who was electrifying in his injury-shortened rookie season for
the Minnesota Timberwolves. We're also fans of Jan Vesely, a versatile
forward who impressed for the Washington Wizards this past season.
Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Nene, Luol Deng, Serge
Ibaka, Anderson Varejao, Nicolas Batum, Danilo Gallinari, Andrew Bogut,
and Andrea Bargnani are just a few of the other foreigners who have had
a legitimate impact in the NBA.
The game is growing world-wide and the league is reaping the benefits.