While the vast majority of NBA talent still originates in the NCAA ranks, an increasing number of big names hail from overseas. They grew up and developed their skills in countries such as Germany, France, Spain and Argentina, infusing the American game with distinct styles and backgrounds.
The same has certainly been true for the playoffs, including the 2014 iteration.
That's why we're ranking the top international talent in the postseason, highlighting some of the foreign players who make the NBA a far more competitive league.
A couple of honorable mentions are in order.
Tim Duncan would rank near the top of the list on account of being from the Virgin Islands, but he played four years of college ball at Wake Forest, so it's hard to put him in the same category as other foreign players.
Andrew Bogut would have made the list too, but he's sidelined at the moment with a fractured right rib. He could miss the entirety of the postseason.
It's also worth giving a shout-out to the Atlanta Hawks' Pero Antic. Though not yet a household name, he could be due for a big series against the Indian Pacers, according to IndyStar's Michael Pointer:
The Atlanta Hawks' 31-year-old rookie center from Macedonia averaged 17 points, shot 72 percent from the field — including 60 percent from 3-point range — in two games against Indiana this year. The Hawks won both games.
He's been something of a nightmare for Pacers 7-2 center Roy Hibbert, who has been forced to guard Antic on the perimeter instead of Hibbert's preferred spot near the basket.
Next year's list might have just gotten longer.