2011 NBA Draft Preview: Fewer Foreign Players to Be Selected This Year

« Prev
1 of 6
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
2011 NBA Draft Preview: Fewer Foreign Players to Be Selected This Year
Al Bello/Getty Images

The number of mock drafts available to the everyday NBA fan are limitless these days, all of which are slightly different than the other.

Yet one common theme that cannot be ignored is the decreased number of foreign talent projected to be selected this year—a common trend for the past few drafts.

In 2003, a record 21 international players were taken in the two rounds of the draft, and the next year a record-tying 21 were taken again.

Since then each draft has seen the number of foreigners drop slightly to 17 and 18 in 2005 and 2006 respectively, to 13 in 2007 to 12 in 2008.

In 2009, 10 players were taken from outside the United States and last year's draft saw only four foreigners taken.

According to NBADraft.net and their most recent mock draft, Enes Canter, Donatas Motiejunas, Jan Vesely, Bismack Biyombo, Robin Benzing and Joffery Lauvergne are the only internationals projected to go in both rounds of the 2011 draft.

This year won't be as domestically dominated as 2010, but don't expect to see a sudden spike in numbers either, for a number of reasons. 

Begin Slideshow »

Follow B/R on Facebook


Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.