NBA Players Born Outside of The United States (Part 3)
3 Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Marc Gasol sadly is out for the rest of the season this year, but last year he was arguably an MVP candidate. Early on in his career there were a lot of doubt about whether or not he could become a star like his brother Pau had. He works very well with his back to the basket, but is very capable of hitting a mid range jump shot. Before his injury, Marc was averaging almost 17 points per game, seven rebounds per game, and four assists per game.
2 Pau Gasol – Chicago Bulls
Pau Gasol has been the NBA for 14 years now, and he still puts up monster numbers. The Chicago Bulls as a team have struggled mightily. Pau Gasol certainly has not been the reason why. Pau is averaging almost eighteen points per game this season, and can score on the inside and from the outside. He also is a big time rebounder averaging eleven rebounds per game. The part of Pau Gasol’s game that often goes unnoticed is his ability to defend. Pau plays the role of rim protector for the Bulls by averaging two blocks per game this season. Hopefully the play of the Chicago Bulls do not bring down the production of Pau Gasol.
1 Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks
The Greek Freak has been turning many heads so far this season. He has even been playing the point guard position a little this year. Giannis is lengthy and quick, making him an excellent on the ball defender. He average close to seventeen points a game for a Bucks team that does not scare many teams offensively. He also averages close to seven rebounds a game and four assists per game. If he continues to play the point his assist total will most likely go up.
Giannis is extremely athletic making driving to the basket simple, and he can also knock down a jump shot if given space. He has only been in the league for two years, but the future is very bright for him.