In October, to celebrate the 75th anniversary, the NBA chose the best 75 players in its entire history. This was carried out with votes of personalities, that is, it was not open to the public. The absence of Emanuel Ginobili caused a stir, especially in Argentina and the rest of Latin America, and the debate on whether or not it should be there was generated.
Parallel to that ranking, the recognized information site of the best league in the world, HoopsHype held a vote to define the top 75 non-Americans that went through the NBA. And there yes there was room for Manu, as well as for Luis Scola.
The NBA’s four-ring winner with San Antonio Spurs it ranks seventh in the long table. In the list that is based on the percentage of people who shared their vote, Manu had 92%. He is the only one of this that holds a title in the Olympic Games (Athens 2004), NBA (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) and Euroleague (2001). The other who achieved the same is the American Bill Bradley.
Manu in the HBO commercial featuring Space Jam 2 with its four rings.
For his part, further down the table, Luifa appears. The Buenos Aires recently retired from the fields is 30th, with 62.2%. Luifa had her most important step in Houston Rockets, where he played between 2007 and 2012. He also wore the Phoenix, Indiana, Toronto and Brooklyn jerseys.
Scola with the 4 of the Rockets, where he had his greatest recognition in the NBA. AP
The best ever
With 100% of votes, fans voted Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon as the best foreigner in NBA history, who played continuously from 1984 to 2001 for the Rockets and wore the Raptors jersey last season. He has two NBA rings in which he was elected MVP of the finals, in addition to being the player with the most blocks in history.
Olajuwon in action: He is the player with the most blocks in the NBA. AP
Who were left before Manu?
2) Dirk Nowitzki (Germany)
3) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece)
4) Steve Nash (Canada)
5) Pau Gasol (Spain)
6) Tony Parker (France)
Behind Ginobili, full of figures
8) Nikola Jokic (Serbia)
9) Dikembe Mutombo (DR Congo)
10) Marc Gasol (Spain)
11) Luka Doncic (Slovenia)
12) Al Horford (Dominican R.)
13) Rudy Gobert (France)
14) Drazen Petrovic (Croatia)
15) Yao Ming (China)
16) Predag Stojakovic (Serbia)
17) Joel Embiid (Cameroon)
18) Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania)
19) Detlef Schrempf (Germany)
20) Vlade Divac (Serbia)
21) Rolando Blackman (Panama)
22) Toni Kukoc (Croatia)
23) Karl-Anthony Towns (Dominican R.)
24) Nikola Vucevic (Montenegro)
25) Joakim Noah (France)
26) Ben Simmons (Australia)
27) Andrei Kirilenko (Russia)
28) Rik Smits (Holland)
29) Goran Dragic (Slovenia)
30) Luis Scola (Argentina)
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Ginobili, among the best foreigners in the NBA