The best international player in the history of each franchise

The best international player in the history of each franchise

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Denver Nuggets

Dikembe Mutombo, Democratic Republic of Congo

One of the fiercest shot-blockers in NBA history, Dikembe Mutombo got his start as a member of the Denver Nuggets.

During his five seasons with Denver, the Georgetown product earned All-Star distinction three times, while winning Defensive Player of the Year once in his second-to-last year with the Mile High franchise.

Despite the relatively short amount of time Mutombo spent with the Nuggets, he still leads the franchise in career blocks while ranking third in rebounds.

It should also be mentioned, Mutombo was a key member of the historic 1993-94 Nuggets squad, who became the first No. 8 seed in league history to knock off a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

The historic image of an exhausted-yet-elated Mutombo clutching the ball above his head as he lies on the hardwood following the decisive Game 5 victory belongs in the pantheon of NBA photography.

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