The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

2. Dirk Nowitzki

Country of origin: Germany
Team(s): Mavericks
Career years: 1998-present
Career stats: 1108 G, 22.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Accolades: NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP, 11x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-NBA Second Team, 3x All-NBA Third Team

Few could have predicted the lanky, goofy German kid selected No. 9 overall in the 1998 NBA Draft would go on to be a Hall of Famer, but really given his pedigree it's no surprise that Dirk Nowitzki was destined for NBA success. Both his mother (basketball) and his father (handball) were professional athletes, and although he didn't start playing seriously until 15 years old, it was apparent that Dirk was going to be quite good. After being named "German Basketballer of the Year" in 1998 as an 18 year old, he headed to the NBA where he has gone on to score of 25,000 points (currently 17th all-time).

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