The 20 Best Foreign-Born Players in NBA History

12. Vlade Divac

Country of origin: Yugoslavia
Team(s): Lakers, Hornets, Kings
Career years: 1989-2005
Career stats: 1134 G, 11.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.4 BPG
Accolades: 1x All-Star, 1990 NBA All-Rookie First Team

A true pioneer among European players, Vlade Divac set a number of firsts in the NBA that will forever make him one of the game's legends. Not only was he the first foreign-born, foreign-trained player to reach the 1,000 game plateau in the NBA, but he also is one of just six members of the 13,000 point-9,000 rebound-3,000 assist-1,500 block club. He was the defensive anchor for several outstanding Kings teams in the early 2000s, initially entering the league in 1989 following a very successful professional career in Yugoslavia beginning in 1983. He's also considered to be the godfather of flopping, a dubious honor at best.

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