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Playing in the NBA takes courage, determination and hard work. The league is very competitive even for those who live in the United States, and imagine the difficulty for players from different backgrounds.
However, many foreign players have played in the league and impressed fans with their performances. They also played a vital role in the team’s earnings and the progress of the NBA.
Globalization today plays a huge role in the growth of any industry, and gradually the NBA has started to embrace the fact. It celebrates ‘Noches Enebea’ in March to honor the Latin fans and players who have been and are in the league. In this tradition, all teams wear special jerseys.
Several Latin American players have had a massive impact on fans and the sport, and we’ll take a look at some of the players’ journeys.
Delfino has represented numerous NBA teams, the Pistons, Raptors and Bucks, to name a few. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury and left the NBA to play in Argentina. He had a few successful outings and a decent career averaging 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in the NBA.
Few players have come from Mexico and had as much of an impact on the NBA as Najera. He played for over a decade and represented several teams, including Mavericks and Nuggets. He had a successful career, averaging 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. Najera was known for his aggressive defense throughout his career.
Nocioni’s work ethic, drive and skill created an immediate impact as soon as he set foot on the ground. He played for several seasons, but the highlight of his career was with the Chicago Bulls, where he played five seasons and averaged 11.7 points and five rebounds per game. Every time he was on the pitch he gave it his all and showed his total style.
Barea was one of the hottest names in the NBA. He proved everyone wrong and became one of the most reliable point guards. Barea had a lot of success, but the most memorable would be the Dallas Mavericks championship run in his career. He was instrumental in the title win, where he averaged 17.3 points and 6.6 assists in the playoffs.
It says a lot about a player’s skills when he has served for so long in the NBA. Varejao was in the league for fifteen years and the last team he represented was the Cleveland Cavaliers. He served with sheer determination and skillful gameplay. His excellent rebounding abilities on both sides have allowed him to extend his run in the NBA. Varejao was known for his rebounds and his 17.4 average – only if it hadn’t been for his knee injury he would have done so much more.
During his eighteen long NBA career, Nene underperformed with his structure. He had such a strong physique and a commanding presence on the pitch that everyone expected him to do a good job. He was known for his attacking game, but he also had a solid defense.
Ginobili had a busy career in the NBA. He has won four NBA championships, two All-Stars and two Sixth Man of the Year. He would likely become the greatest Latin American NBA player in history. He was a proven team player on both sides of the pitch. Every time he played, the NBA betting charts kept fluctuating as Ginobili had stamina and a fighting spirit against all odds.