10 Best International Players in the NBA: Where Does Dirk Rank?

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10 Best International Players in the NBA: Where Does Dirk Rank?
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Dirk Nowitzki has been described in many ways. "ReDirkulous" is one adjective that has been used far too often as of late. He is an artist on the basketball court, a seven-foot ballerina of sorts with his exceptional balance on those high-arcing, one-leg jumpers that more often than not snap cleanly through the net. His superlative play in these 2011 playoffs has drawn him comparisons to none other than Larry Legend.

The fact is, his game defies description and refuses to fit in any box that analysts, experts or casual commentators try to contain it in. He is simply a once-in-a-generation player, an impossibly agile giant that shoots the basketball as perfectly as anybody could.

With the big German possibly on the brink of winning his first championship and a premium being placed on international prospects in this year's draft, now is perhaps the ideal time to take a look at the best active non-American players in the NBA and their impact on the league.

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