Power Ranking the Best Basketball Leagues in the World, Outside of the NBA

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Power Ranking the Best Basketball Leagues in the World, Outside of the NBA
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If there's anything we've learned from the 2012 London Olympics, it's that basketball is truly a global game.

And that the NBA doesn't own a monopoly on the hardwood.

To be sure, the Association remains the best professional basketball league in the world by a hefty margin. It's no wonder that so many ballers around the globe dream of playing under commissioner David Stern's watchful eye, and that the top gold-medal contenders at the Olympics also happen to be those with the most NBA employees on their respective rosters.

That's not to say, though, that there isn't any quality club basketball being played outside of North America.

The flocking of NBA stars to international-hoops havens before and during last year's lockout helped to highlight the quality of FIBA-rules ball and show how appealing it is for the best on the planet to take their talents to locales far beyond South Beach. Even if they wait until the twilight of their careers to do so.

With all of this in mind, let's have a look at how the biggest and best basketball leagues on earth (other than the NBA) stack up against one another.

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