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The top 10 international players who never played in the NBA

The Flying Mexican
Sudhir Bose
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Modified 07 Jan 2016, 23:34 IST
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Honorable mention – Croatian legend Krešimir osiMention basketball and the mind makes an instant association to the United States of America. But the reality is pleasingly different. Given, the States loves its sports and focuses a lot more attention and resources on them, resulting in a virtual monopoly in certain sports, basketball in particular.This fact doesn‘t preclude foreign players with the ability to raise fans to their feet. In fact, no small number of top stars in the NBA originated in other countries. The facilities and dedication available in the league that matters the most promotes their furtherance as athletes, something that endures and improves with time.The absence of he aforementioned doesn’t mean talented ballers can’t come from any corner of the globe, as evidenced by these ten stalwarts: 

#10 Manuel Raga

Raga became the first international player to be chosen in the NBA Draft, when he was picked by the Atlanta Hawks in 1970. "The Flying Mexican" would never play in the NBA, but ply his trade in his motherland, representing his team in the 1964, 1968 and 1976 Olympics. 

The most remarkable of his achievements was a silver medal he won in the 1967 Pan-American Games. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

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Published 07 Jan 2016, 21:19 IST
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