The NBA has become a league that has been so popular and expanded outside the boundaries of the United States of America. David Stern, who was famous for being criticized frequently, played a huge role in the process of helping the league become a phenomenon sport event around the world. Besides, notable individuals such as Dikembe Mutombo, Yao Ming, and many others contributed to help the NBA grow without geographical and religious borders. The first crop of international talents were inspired by The Dream Team, who took part in the 1992 Olympics in Madrid. IsThis team is often times considered to be the greatest team ever lived. The Dream Team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2010.
The NBA, at the beginning of the 2015-16 season had as many as 100 international players participating in the league, who came from 37 countries and territories which showed that the NBA has grown outside of Europe boundaries, where most of the initial international NBA players were coming from. The NBA continues to not only popular internationally, but also the international players in today’s NBA are more skillful than those the fan has seen in the past. We have young international stars such as Kristaps Porzingis and Andrew Wiggins representing the new generation of international basketball icons. There are also the older foreign talents such as Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol who continue to compete at a high level despite being in the league for over 10 years which prove that the NBA more than ever has expanded outside of the United States of America. This article will name some of the most popular stars