Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 at 4:42 pm  |  52 responses

Videos: Best Int’l Players Ever

World-class performances by Ewing, Dirk, Duncan, and more…

When the Finals ended, it was time to pay homage to Dirk Nowitzki. Crowned as the best European to ever grace the NBA hardwood, Nowitzki put on for his current city and his roots, as bottles were popped in Dallas and Germany. With the inevitable “where does he rank in history” talks that followed, we figured it was time to go into the international vault and dig up some highlights from the 10 best international players ever. The videos aren’t in any sort of official ‘ranking,’ but feel free to chime away in the comments after watching all the tapes. Instead of whole highlight reels, we relive special performance from each player’s career. There’s one mix, but it’s justified. Salute to all the ballers from overseas.Eldon Khorshidi.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I dont think wilkins is a international player because he might of been born in france but he is not french

  • GasteD

    +1 @Slick Ric. Same thing about Duncan. It’s U.S. Virgin Islands SMH…

    No Manu Ginobili here is an insult to the International and Argentine Basketball.

  • Dirtybird

    Don’t think Ewing would be considered as well as an int’l player.

  • franko

    Manu Ginobili!!

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Hakeem Olajuwon was a class of his own. But Dirk is very near.
    Always hard to compare when they didn’t play at the same time and against each other.
    Center Olajuwon
    PF Nowitzki
    SF Ginobili (SF or. SG)
    SG Petrovic
    PG Nash

  • Maka

    Hey y’all are forgetting Rik Smits! xD

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is so cool, some of my favorite players are on this list. Sometimes you forget that Ewing and Olajuwon weren’t American because they dominated American colleges.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I can see Ewing being an international player. Dude lived in Jamaica until he was 11.

  • Sarah

    Ah the days when Timmy could be called “young fella.” It’s really going to be sad to see him go. I wish he could play forever.

    And Manu is definitely top 10 foreign born.

  • Cool Dude

    Sorry but Olajuwan is the greatest center of all time. He destroyed Kareem, Shaq, Ewing, and countless others in his prime. His defense was also legendary.

  • robb

    @Cool Dude in my book he is. An absolute beast on both ends of the floor.

  • Ronald

    Mutombo? Wow, the all-time international players team would be amazing on the Defensive side, despite having Nash and Nowitzki.

  • madterps

    @Cool Dude. Co-signed man. Olajuwan had his patented dream shake which was unstoppable. Speaking of which, Lebronze should learn some post moves from Hakeem.

  • Matt Park

    Yao has some great post moves…

  • allen3

    Olajuwon was the best center in the best era of center he battled the likes of Mourning O’neal Robinson Mutombo Ewing and other countless rugged power forward think malone Kevin willis etc in their prime I think that will qualify him for best center ever and of course best Int’l player ever .

    By the way since O’neal is retiring I say there is no more true center in the NBA that is very very sad

  • TonyStarks

    Not exactly a great player but I always thought that Greg Ostertag was Russian

  • Mike From Spain

    I’d play PG Nash, SG Manu, SG Petrovic, SF Ginobili, PF Dirk, C Mutombo. The bench would be impressive: PG Tony Parker, PF Gasol, C Yao Ming. I don’t take Duncan or Ewing as international players. You could also go extra big and play PF Gasol, SF Dirk :-) …would probably work offensively, not sure about the defense

  • Mike From Spain

    I’d play PG Nash, SG Manu, SG Petrovic, SF Ginobili, PF Dirk, C Mutombo. The bench would be impressive: PG Tony Parker, PF Gasol, C Yao Ming. I don’t take Duncan or Ewing as international players. You could also go extra big and play PF Gasol, SF Dirk :-) …would probably work offensively, not sure about the defense

  • Ronald

    Are they already cloning human beings in Spain?

  • TonyStarks

    Manu at the 2 and Ginobili at the 3 .. WINNING

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Slam is so wrong about this, where’s Mbenga at?????!!!???

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Also lol at the pic of Hakeem, Youston

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    just remembered Detlef.

  • andy

    Hmm Dikembe’s video is only 43 seconds long, I think he deserves another one? How about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XGt25SRmdg

  • marc

    I had to show my lil cousin the hakeem mixtape because he thought rondo came up with the dream shake. smh

  • Nella

    No Arvydis Sabonis? Dude was a beast.


    Co-sign Nella. The Arvydas that we had here n Portland was past his prime and legs were shot. But n his prime, “Sabas” was indeed a beast. Also what bout Sarunas Marcilonas (I could never remember how 2 spell his name) and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf? They indeed deserve 2 be n/the discussion.


    And n my opinion, I don’t think Ewing and Duncan can constitute as foreign players, technically speaking. They came 2 the U.S. very young and when u hear them speak, they have no foreign accent And neither should Steve Nash be considered as foreign. Canada is practically the U.S.

  • slamfan4life

    The DREAM

  • el_larsen

    DOMINIQUE WILKINS !!!!!!!!!!!
    a true legend

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    No Petrovic, no Manu, no credibility. Ewing and Duncan played for the USA, same with Hakeem. And Dominique is not french by any means. Have to say Sabonis was past his prime in Portland, but he is one of the best players EVER from outside the USA, period. Also Nikos Gallis was pretty amazing too.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    but still nice you show some love to non-USA players. You should do an article about these players and their impact in the League.

  • L

    Please take off Ewing, Wilkins,Duncan and even Hakeem because they are americans (the dream did play for the USA) and add in Arvidas Sabonis, Toni Kukoc, Detlef Schrempf and manu Ginobili !!!! L

  • L

    i forgot about Petro instead of Detlef. My bad. L

  • http://espn.com ubestNOTmiss

    check out 1:59 in the Hakeem video.
    did hakeem switch his pivot in the play against ac green??

  • shuref00t

    Vlade Divac, hands down the most influential international NBA player of all time. Without him, nobody would be flopping!

  • robb

    @ubestNOTmiss how about Olajuwon crossing Ewing? How many centers actually cross dribble? Olajuwon was just spectacular man, post moves, mid range shooting , dribble, fakes, turn around shots, dunks. And his D? 1st in total blocks of all time and 8th of all time in total steals (yes, a center, more that Isiah Thomas or Magic or Iverson who played at PG). He was a DAMN BEAST.

  • robb

    @@ubestNOTmiss lol I didn’t answer. No he didn’t

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Nash was raised in Canada, but was actually born in South Africa.


    One can’t say Olajuwon w/out saying KJ! Haha! Naw, but seriously tho, The Dream was just so fluid. So smooth. Arguably the greatest center ever.


    Really BossTerry? I honestly didn’t know that. Interesting

  • Vlad

    Sorry, but Stojakovic was one of the best players before injuries, he came second in scoring one year with almost 25 pts per game and was all star 3 times, three point champion 2 times , nba champion, world and european champion with Yugoslavia (2001 in turkey he was named MVP and 2002 in indianapolis was named first team), and voted best european player 3 times. and vlade divac had his jersey retired and back in the day opened a door to all european players. show some respect

  • Will Lee

    No Kirilenko?

  • Darryl

    Instead of East vs West in the All Star Game the NBA should have a USA vs Rest of the World game. Would be interesting given the different styles and the players would have more to play for.

  • Zabba

    Steve Nash’s assist at 1:06 should not be counted. He passes to Stoudamire who’s at the elbow, drives, spins around and shoots? That’s an assist? STAT basically created his own shot without any help from Nash.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    yeah Hammer.. Learned it by reading the back of his trading card. Also learned I share a b-day with Eric Snow.. haha.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    BTW, If we’re not gonna consider Ewing and Duncan Americans, why not add Kobe to this list, isn’t he from Italy? And Popeye Jones was from Mars.

  • Ronald

    @BossTerry: He lived in Italy but was born in Philly. Slight difference to Hakeem, Ewing and Duncan, as they were born outside the states. And I think it’s hard to consider Hakeem an American just because he played for the USA for one year. It’s not like people will consider Kaman a German just because he played for them in the Olympics.

  • http://kjnkjnk FennisTimbo

    Hey what about John Amechi?


    “Popeye Jones from Mars”. Haha! Hilarious!

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    Wilkins counts… Douncan? Idk hmm my all-time-international First team?
    Pg-Nash sg-petrovic sf-dirk pf- duncan c-olajuwan 6th man-Ginobli (he could start over petrovic in imo tho)
    Bench- pg Tony Parker sf-Wilkins pf-Ewing c- mutumbo sf- Toni kukoc
    And I’d get Yao and pau gasol to play garbage minutes

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    How bout a top ten scoring performances vid?