Team(s): Warriors, Pacers
Years active: 1978-1980, 1981-1982
Career stats: 154 G, 4.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 1.0 RPG
Despite debuting in 1978, Raymond Townsend remains the first and only NBA player of Filipino descent. A San Jos, Calif. kid and member of John Wooden's 1975 title-winning UCLA Bruins, this Pinoy stayed closed to home when he was drafted 22nd overall (the first Asian-American to be drafted in the 1st round) by the Warriors in 1978. He's since become an assistant coach for the Kansas men's basketball program, and was a member of the staff for the team's 2008 National Championship. Townsend was the only bearer of the Filipino NBA torch until fellow Filpino-American Erik Spoelstra started racking up rings with LeBron and Co. down in Miami.