The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

3. Patrick Ewing

Country of origin: Jamaica
Team(s): Knicks, SuperSonics, Magic
Career years: 1985-2002
Career stats: 1183 G, 21.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.4 BPG
Accolades: Basketball Hall of Fame, 11x All-Star, 1x All-NBA First Team, 6x All-NBA Second Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year, 1986 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Really, the only blemish on Patrick Ewing's outstanding career is the fact that he never won a ring. Obviously this is a pretty glaring problem, but it shouldn't prevent us from appreciating the incredible accomplishment the Knicks' legendary big man was able to achieve during his career. Originally hailing from Kingston, Jamaica and specializing in soccer and cricket as a younger man, Ewing moved to Cambridge, Mass. at age 12 and took up basketball full-time during high school. A scholarship to Georgetown soon followed, and Ewing would then go on to become one of the 1990s' biggest NBA stars after becoming the No. 1 pick in the 1985 Draft.

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