The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

7. Pau Gasol

Country of origin: Spain
Team(s): Grizzlies, Lakers
Career years: 2001-present
Career stats: 845 G, 18.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.6 BPG
Accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year, 2002 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Pau Gasol can be an easy target for fan derision, as his constant complaining to and pleading with referees can grate on pretty much anybody. However, there's also no denying his talent. Gasol could have been MVP of the 2010 Finals, averaging 18.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for the series and grabbing 18 rebounds (nine offensive) in Game 7 alone. He also posted solid numbers for FC Barcelona (yes, they have teams other than for soccer) before finally heading to the NBA in 2001 at age 21, winning the 2001 Spanish League title. He's gone on to capture numerous accolades in the US, and at 33 years old still likely has a few quality seasons remaining.

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