The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

17. Al Horford

Country of origin: Dominican Republic
Team(s): Hawks
Career years: 2007-present
Career stats: 391 G, 14.3 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 1.2 BPG
Accolades: 2x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Third Team, 2008 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Al Horford has quietly become a force among NBA big men in recent years, and is one of just two players (along with Pau Gasol) to average at least 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 block per game over the last three seasons. Horford was fortunate growing up in the Dominican Republic that he had his father Tito, a former NBA player, to rely upon for guidance in the baseball-crazed nation, and his skills and size on the block immediately made him an effective presence. Arriving in the United States for high school in 2000, Horford immediately became one of the most sought-after players in the country and went on to star on two national title winners at Florida and become the No. 3 overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft.

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