The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

15. Rik Smits

Country of origin: Netherlands
Team(s): Pacers
Career years: 1988-2000
Career stats: 867 G, 14.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.3 BPG
Accolades: 1x All-Star, 1988 NBA All-Rookie First Team

Possessing one of the great nicknames in 1990s basketball ("The Dunking Dutchman"), 7'4" Rik Smits came to the United States to play his college ball at tiny Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After leading the Red Foxes to the only two NCAA Tournament berths in school history, he was taken No. 2 overall by the Pacers and immediately pressed into a starting role when normal center Steve Stipanovich suffered a career-ending injury. The steady Smits was a rock for the rest of his career, averaging double-digit points every season he played and providing consistent rim protection as well. He'll also be remembered for his great playoff performances, where moments like his game-winning shot in Game 4 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals made him a Pacers legend.

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