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A better rule is to count all players not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. That puts Spain, with 220 WAR, at the top. And the Gasols make up nearly three-quarters of their home country’s NBA success. The other top players from Spain include Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez, among others. Germany slides to fourth, behind the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, using this method. Why? Because Detlef Schrempf (and his 90 career WAR) is excluded from this analysis. Schrempf, German-born and raised, moved to the U.S. to finish high school. The Virgin Islands, being a territory, arguably doesn’t count as international, but it competes under its own flag so it’s broken out here. Tim Duncan is responsible for the bulk of the Virgin Islands’ WAR; Hakeem Olajuwon similarly for Nigeria. FiveThirtyEight

A 33.1 percent shooter from three-point range last season and a 32.3 percent shooter in his career, Rubio has improved to 41.2 percent from three in his 10 games this season. He is 6-for-13 from three-point range since returning this month. Wolves coach Flip Saunders said Rubio is still getting back into game speed after missing 43 games. “He’s playing better, he’s still in training camp,” Saunders said. “He’s still got to get his legs to where they need to be. He had some turnovers that were probably uncharacteristic-type turnovers [in the loss to Golden State on Wednesday]. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Saunders said he appreciates Rubio’s command of his position more after coaching him for all of October and November’s first week than he did before he coached him. “People will kind of react the same way,” Saunders said, referring to Wolves fans who have learned Rubio’s importance in these three months without him. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Saunders has significantly minimized his massive playbook with Rubio out, particularly so since Brown signed. “Probably all of them,” Saunders said when asked how many of his offensive sets he’ll be able to run with Rubio back. “Some of them we haven’t run in a while. Ricky has a great feel for the game. He’ll be able to help out.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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