The Top 25 players ever from the Americas
April 05, 2014 @ 07:33 AM ET by The Lighter Side
Al Horford, Anderson Varejao, Andres Nocioni, Bob Houbregs, Carlos Delfino, Charlie Villanueva, Eduardo Najera, Greivis Vasquez, Jamaal Magloire, Jose Juan Barea, Leandro Barbosa, Luis Scola, Manu Ginobili, Nenê, Oscar Schmidt, Rick Fox, Rolando Blackman, Samuel Dalembert, Steve Nash, Tiago Splitter
25. Jose Ortiz. NBA stats: 2.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 9.4 PER in two seasons. Finesse big man who made shooting off the glass an art form. Had a cup of coffee in the NBA and then went on to play in Europe with powerhouses like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Aris. Was a member of the Puerto Rican National Team for over 20 years.
24. Pablo Prigioni. NBA stats: 3.7 ppg, 3.2 apg, 13.2 PER in two seasons. High basketball IQ player that was consistently one of the top point guards in Europe for almost a decade. Fine performance during his rookie year with the Knicks makes you wonder if he could have had a nice career as a backup in the NBA.
5. Oscar Schmidt. Didn't play in the NBA. Unofficially considered the top scorer in basketball history. Got a ton of buckets for 10 different clubs during a career that spanned almost three decades. Passed on the chance to play in the NBA during his prime years so he could continue competing with the Brazilian National Team. Didn't play a lick of defense.
4. Luis Scola. NBA stats: 13.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 16.5 PER in seven seasons. Wildly dominant in Europe, Scola arrived in the NBA as a veteran and still had plenty of success. A low-post ace with a lot of competitive fire. Won big with Argentina and may end up winning the whole thing with Indiana too. It's him, not Manu Ginobili, that's the all-time leading scorer for the Argentinean National Team.