The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

18. Rolando Blackman

Country of origin: Panama
Team(s): Mavericks, Knicks
Career years: 1981-1994
Career stats: 980 G, 18.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.0 APG
Accolades: 4x All-Star

Rolando Blackman enjoyed an excellent NBA career, and was the Dallas Mavericks' all-time leading scorer until Dirk Nowitzki finally broke the mark in 2008. Born in Panama raised in Brooklyn, Blackman had a tremendous career at Kansas State before becoming the No. 9 overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft. After his memorable stint in Dallas, Blackman joined the Knicks and was quickly at the center of a huge controversy when Pat Riley elected to sit the shooting guard in favor of an historically bad John Starks during Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals; Starks shot 2-for-18 from the field, while Blackman collected a DNP and retired after the game.

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