The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

13. Detlef Schrempf

Country of origin: Germany
Team(s): Mavericks, Pacers, SuperSonics, Blazers
Career years: 1985-2001
Career stats: 1136 G, 13.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.4 APG
Accolades: 3x All-Star, 2x NBA Sixth Man of the Year, 1x All-NBA Third Team

Unlike many foreign players, Detlef Schrempf actually came to the United States prior to college and even played a year of high school ball. After a successful four-year stint at the University of Washington, Schrempf was selected eighth overall by Dallas in 1985 and established himself as a reliable rotation player immediately. The German-born forward never averaged fewer than 15 minutes per game in his career, and in a 10-season stretch from 1989-90 through 1998-99 averaged 34.5 minutes, 16.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per night. Most recently, he has shown his acting chops in playing himself on several episodes of Parks and Recreation.

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