Los Angeles Lakers
Pau Gasol, Spain
Though Pau Gasol probably isn’t on the same tier as Nowitzki or Olajuwon as far as best international players are concerned, one could easily make the argument he belongs in the stratum right after theirs.
A two-time champion with the Lakers, a six-time All-Star and a four-time All-NBA performer, both Gasol’s peak and longevity help him stand out among the top non-domestic players in league history.
The seven-footer’s impact on the Lakers cannot be overstated.
Once Gasol joined Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles squad, he helped propel them from the mediocrity they had been mired in since Shaquille O’Neal’s departure, back to basketball royalty.
And one day, his jersey will hang up in the rafters along with all of the other Laker legends of yesteryear.
For anyone who disagrees with that notion, just listen to Bryant’s thoughts on the matter:
Convinced now? Thought so.
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