Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The NBA Finals and the Internationalization of American Professional Basketball

The National Basketball Association finals begin Thursday night in what looks to be an epic series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors

Professional basketball in the United States has become increasing international in scope, with many more players from nations other than the U.S. playing in the NBA today than a decade ago.  Not surprisingly, both teams in the finals have some foreign born players:


1.  Matthew Dellavedova, Australia


2.  Kyrie Irving, Australia

3.  Timofey Mozgov, Russia

4.  Tristan Thompson, Canada

5.  Anderson Varejao, Brazil



1.  Leandro Barbosa, Brazil


2.  Andrew Bogut, Australia

3.  Festus Ezeli, Nigeria

4.  Ognjen Kuzmic, Bosnia and Herzegovina


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