19. Mengke Bateer
Career (years): 3: 2001-2004
Championship Year(s): 2003 (Spurs)
Career Stats: 3.4 PPG 0.6 APG 2.5 RPG
When you think of Chinese-born basketball players, you probably jump straight to Yao Ming, then-maybe-Wang Zhizhi. It was Mengke Bateer, however, who managed to become the first Chinese basketball player to start a game in the NBA. On that momentous occasion, Bateer scored four points on 28 percent shooting, fouled out and the Denver Nuggets lost by 25 points. He also became the first Chinese player to win an NBA championship, effortlessly sitting on the bench for the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.