There are around 100 basketball players employed in the NBA that were born on foreign soil. A select few have been pushing the envelope with their production this season.
The NBA went through a recent run of grabbing up foreign stars with early picks. This was the Dirk Nowitzki effect and led to such draft failures as Andrea Bargnani and Darko Milicic.
Instead, the higher-ups seem to have learned from their mistakes and begun using foreign players as value picks. This has bred some up-and-coming stars like Omer Asik. By using these later picks, there is far less pressure placed on players to develop rapidly.
Coming to play in the USA after spending much of their lives speaking a different language and operating under different customs can be stressful. When the pressure of a high pick and big money is added, some players get snuffed out.
The players here represent the cream of the foreign crop in 2012-'13. They are lighting up the NBA this season and representing their homelands with a great deal of success.
All statistics used in this story are accurate as of Jan. 4, 2013.