The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

16. Kiki Vandeweghe

Country of origin: Germany
Team(s): Nuggets, Blazers, Knicks, Clippers
Career years: 1980-1993
Career stats: 810 G, 19.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.1 APG
Accolades: 2x All-Star

Born in Germany to a former NBA player and a Miss America winner, Kiki Vandeweghe possessed some of the better genes in NBA history. A phenomenal scorer, Vandeweghe starred in high school in Los Angeles before also featuring at UCLA and bringing his team to the cusp of a national championship. Despite being selected at No. 11 overall by Dallas in the 1980 NBA Draft, he refused to play for the Mavericks and was eventually shipped to Denver where he averaged 23.3 points per game during his four seasons as a Nugget. In 1986-87, he set an NBA record for three-point percentage in a season as he shot .481 from beyond the arc, although this record would be broken the very next season by Craig Hodges and Mark Price.

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