The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

4. Steve Nash

Country of origin: South Africa
Team(s): Suns, Mavericks, Lakers
Career years: 1996-present
Career stats: 1202 G, 14.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 8.5 APG
Accolades: 8x All-Star, 2x NBA MVP, 3x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team

Not a ton of thought was given to Steve Nash in 1996 when he was selected 15th overall by Phoenix, and even less was given when he was traded to Dallas along with the rights to Dirk Nowitzki in 1998. The diminutive point guard was virtually unknown heading into college, considering he had spent his entire life to that point splitting time between soccer and basketball in British Columbia, Canada. He earned some notoriety with Santa Clara University, leading the 15th-seeded Broncos to a stunning upset win over 2nd-seeded Arizona in the 1993 NCAA Tournament. Two NBA MVPs, eight All-Star, and seven All-NBA selections later, everybody knows who Nash is now.

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