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Old 03-28-2008, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ESPN: 30 Best NBA International Players

Jose at number 8 with Rasho and Delfino at 29 & 30 respectively.

Bargnani doesn't crack the Top 30 unfortunately.

Top 5:

1) Tim Duncan
2) Dirk Nowitzki
3) Steve Nash (notice the flag? They chose his birth country instead)
4) Manu Ginobili
5) Yao Ming

Originally Posted by John Hollinger
8. Jose Calderon, Toronto Raptors

The ridiculously efficient Raptor isn't thought of in star terms by most league observers, but his ability to create positive plays with virtually no negative ones is a vastly underrated asset. Calderon's true shooting mark of 62.2 is second only to Steve Nash, and he's first among all point guards in the percentage of possessions he uses that result in an assist.

Best of all, he has one of the lowest turnover ratios at his position, resulting in five dimes for every miscue. All of which makes Calderon an incredibly effective offensive player even though he doesn't take a lot of shots.

29. Rasho Nesterovic, Toronto Raptors

You might think of Rasho as just another generic big guy, but he's quietly put together two very solid seasons in Toronto. In fact, the Raptors probably acted about 70 games too late when they put Nesterovic into the starting lineup ahead of Andrea Bargnani Thursday night; Rasho has badly outplayed him this season.

30. Carlos Delfino, Toronto Raptors

The last of the sizable Argentine contingent on this list, Delfino nosed out Sasha Vujacic, Kelenna Azubuike, Beno Udrih, Linas Kleiza, Boris Diaw, Fabricio Oberto and Nenad Krstic for the final spot in the top 30. Though he's only hitting 39.6 percent from the floor, his true shooting percentage is actually decent because he hits 48.5 percent on 3s and takes nearly half his shots from out there. Additionally, he's a quality defender and ball handler -- a rarity once you get this far down the list.
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