The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

6. Tony Parker

Country of origin: Belgium
Team(s): Spurs
Career years: 2001-present
Career stats: 872 G, 17.1 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 1x NBA Finals MVP, 5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 1x All-NBA Third Team, 2002 NBA All-Rookie First Team

The Frenchman has already had one of the best-ever careers of a foreign-born player in the NBA, and he's still just 31 years old. Born in Belgium but raised in France, Tony Parker had great basketball genes thanks to his father, an American-born man who played college ball at Loyola University of Chicago before taking his game overseas and settling down with Tony's mom, a Dutch model. Parker's biggest enticement into basketball and away from soccer was Michael Jordan, whose international fame inspired the young Parker to become the dynamic point guard we see grace the NBA today. After turning down overtures from UCLA and Georgia Tech when he was 18, Parker stayed in France for two more years before finally coming stateside and starting 77 games as a rookie in 2001-02.

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