Let's be honest: Asians aren't thought of for their athletic prowress. They're smart and they sometimes play baseball. That's how the stereotype goes anyway. Yet, when it comes to the sport of basketball—a sport that's been dominated by African-American athletes—Asians have held their own. Starting with the OG Wataru Misaka and going up to the NBA's latest Asian sensation, Jeremy Lin, in chronological order, we took a look at every Asian (including Asian-Americans) who have ever played an NBA minute. Aside from the standard trials and tribulations that come with pursuing a professional basketball career, these players faced culture shock and racial discrimination to chase their NBA dreams—and, shocker, it didn't work out for all of them. There's more to the NBA's Asian community than just Yao Ming and Lin. See for yourself in the Complete History of Asian Players in the NBA.
The Complete History of Asian Players in the NBA
There's more than just Jeremy Lin and Yao.
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