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At the end of December, the NBA announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2020-21 season.
This is the seventh consecutive season that opening-night rosters featured at least 100 international players. GMs are no longer afraid to pick foreigners and it’s now common for a player who’s not American to be part of the league. Not only that, but over the last 30 years, they’ve also reached the highest of highs, winning titles, Finals MVP awards, and Regular Season MVP trophies.
So let’s dig deeper and check out who the best player from every continent is.
What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Let me throw you a curveball right at the start, since Hakeem Olajuwon did play for the US in the 1996 Olympics but he was born and raised in Nigeria, all the way till college, when he finally left his home country to go to the university of Houston.
The Dream’s list of honors is mind-boggling: 12 All-Star appearances, six All-NBA First Teams, two Defensive Player of the Year Awards, two rebounding titles, and three blocks titles. Vitally, Olajuwon is a two-time NBA Champion, in 1994 and 1995, which was accompanied by two Finals MVPs.
Hakeem’s 1993-94 is something to behold. He became the only player in NBA history to win the MVP, the Championship, the Finals MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. The Dream had also made it to the Finals in his second season, 1986, but lost to the Showtime Lakers. But in the mid-90s, specifically in that two-year stretch, he outplayed Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Shaquille O'Neal.
No disrespect to his teammates in Texas, but it should be said that those Rockets teams, at least on paper, weren’t exactly world-beaters. Sure, playing with the likes of Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Mario Elie, Otis Thorpe, and an aging Clyde Drexler is not bad, but it’s obvious that Olajuwon was the driving force of that team.
When it comes to other players from Africa, Dikembe Mutombo and perhaps even Serge Ibaka should be mentioned, but that’s just for shout-out purposes. They aren’t anywhere near Olajuwon’s stratosphere.
Now, back to today’s NBA. if Joel Embiid continues to play like he has this season and avoid major injuries, and if Philly manages to snatch one or two rings, he might have a shot at becoming Africa’s greatest-ever basketball export. We are following the situation closely.
The choice here is easy. Though we all know how fan voting helped make Yao an All-Star starter early on in his career, the Rockets center was a fine player in his own right. Those that consciously ignore his eight All-Star selections should on the other hand give credit to Ming’s two All-NBA Second Team nods in 2007 and 2009 and another three as part of the Third Team, in 2004, 2006, and 2008.
Yao’s three-year stretch from 2005 to 2008, when he averaged 23 points and a little over 10 rebounds per game, cements his status as one of the best big men in the mid-to-late 2000s.
Unfortunately, as is the case with many players of his size, injuries took their toll. But despite that, Ming is both literally and figuratively head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to Asian players in the NBA.
The likes of Yi Jianlian (despite being the sixth pick in the 2007 draft), Jeremy Lin (even tho he was born in California), and Wang Zhizhi are far from the heights Yao reached.
Also, when talking about Yao, I feel like we must mention that he impacted the internet culture as well, blessing us with this iconic meme that will live forever.
And this is the exact moment from a playoffs press conference.
And speaking of press conference, this is a great time to remind you of that meltdown that I had during last year’s finals.
Thanks skillshare for sponsoring this video. Anyway, The Old Continent is widely regarded as the place that has produced the best players outside North America. Yet, one player stands alone when it comes to Europe’s best-ever player - Dirk Nowitzki. The Big German’s resume speaks for itself. The original stretch four, he was a 14-time All-Star, a four-time All-NBA First Team selection, a Regular Season MVP, and, most importantly, an NBA Champion and Finals MVP in 2011. It’s these last two honors that prove crucial when comparing him to the rest of Europe’s finest.
Yes, we know Tony Parker, Toni Kukoc, and Pau Gasol each have more rings, with 4, 3, and 2, respectively. But, all due respect to those three, ask yourself: Do you really believe that they could’ve been the best player on a championship-winning team or do what Nowitzki did against the 2011 Miami Heat?

  • I just love seeing how excited he gets when he hits a shot. Dude celebrates like a kid. Never grow up, Stephen!

    EagleofHeavyMetalEagleofHeavyMetalPrije 16 dana
    • Nice NEVER GROW UP

      Noah HNoah HPrije 16 dana
    • Yes. I got a pinned comment by "My name is Stephen and this is Heat Check, let's get into it." Best. Moment. Of. My. Week. Thanks bro

      EagleofHeavyMetalEagleofHeavyMetalPrije 16 dana
    • NEVER!! ❤️

      Heat CheckHeat CheckPrije 16 dana
  • Just realized embiid is similar to Hakeem more than Shaq or whatever

    BF WangsBF WangsPrije 4 dana
  • Kyrie Irving is actually from Australia 🤔 He at the very least deserves a mention

    A ClemA ClemPrije 6 dana
  • He didn’t just slide that sponsor in...😂 that was so smooth lmao

    It’s Timmy VFXIt’s Timmy VFXPrije 8 dana
  • Excellent interview! You should get that guy on more often and let the reporters ask him tough questions like "Do you want it more?" and "Has working with skillshare improved your bank shot?"

    N MarbletoeN MarbletoePrije 9 dana
  • Americans have no idea who Dejan Bodiroga was. And he was crazy good! Doncic like good!

    zwhnekrhzwhnekrhPrije 9 dana
  • That's the most interesting thing to pomote someone man

    Joze VogrinecJoze VogrinecPrije 9 dana
  • He just gets more creative every video with his sponsors. Great Job Stephen!

    DUB2KDUB2KPrije 10 dana
  • Kyrie Irving is from Oceania

    Big BenBig BenPrije 10 dana
  • Stop showing your face....haha.....

    Ram NgaihzualaRam NgaihzualaPrije 10 dana
  • MJ

    BradToWorseBradToWorsePrije 10 dana
  • I as a German am very happy you took Dirk before Tony Parker of course you can Argue about it but like always really good Video😉🏀🔥🇩🇪

    Steph Curry WurstSteph Curry WurstPrije 11 dana
  • 1st-north america 2nd-Africa 3rd-Europe 4th-Oceania 5th-south america 6th-asia

    patric jpatric jPrije 11 dana
  • Who came here from the link in his interview post

    Abdul MemonAbdul MemonPrije 11 dana
  • " mi imamo svoga Boga, ime mu je Bodiroga !! "

    Steven HardawaySteven HardawayPrije 11 dana
  • That ad was as good as CalebCity’s Old Spice ad.

    Bob NdarBob NdarPrije 11 dana
  • I'm guessing you didn't know Kyrie Irving was born in Australia (in Melbourne). I'm not a huge fan tbh, but there's no denying he has already easily eclipsed Bogut. But I think (or hope) that when it's all said and done Ben Simmons will be the greatest player out of Oceania.

    Tim TTim TPrije 11 dana
  • Okay much respect with Hakeemy Mcdreamy...but Adetokunbo is 🇳🇬 too. Top Africans Dream Embidi Adetokunbo Adebayo Ibaka Oladipo Iguodala Steph Curry 🍛

    Seye JosephSeye JosephPrije 12 dana
  • While Kyrie is American jus sanguinis, he holds dual citizenship with Australia, so if our basis is jus soli, Kyrie's the NBA GOAT from Oceania. But if our basis is jus sanguinis, Ben Simmons should be the Australian GOAT since Bogut is merely a big man role player for the majority of his career. As for Asia, watch out for the emergence of Jordan Clarkson, as he has jus sanguinis citizenship with the Philippines. While Yao is hard to beat because of his overall stardom and cultural impact, Clarkson could have the ceiling of a Dwyane Wade.

    Merck MaguddayaoMerck MaguddayaoPrije 12 dana
  • MJ for the NA

    Rom SawyerRom SawyerPrije 13 dana
  • Wait what about Antarctica?? ...

    Zach BingZach BingPrije 13 dana
  • What about Ben Simmons

    Andrew UlabaAndrew UlabaPrije 13 dana
  • Kobe 5 rings in the west with tim duncan in the league wow

    Kuwsh15Kuwsh15Prije 13 dana
  • Manu Ginobilli 20

    Mack FunkMack FunkPrije 13 dana
  • Jeremy lin was a monster too

    John Lynon MagsinoJohn Lynon MagsinoPrije 13 dana
  • 3:17 Jeremy Lin isn’t Asian, he’s American... Man was born in California...

    DavidDavidPrije 13 dana

    Yankee Oscar Lima OscarYankee Oscar Lima OscarPrije 13 dana
  • MJ all the waaaaay

    ArtinArtinPrije 13 dana
  • I'II be the next great european player

    Luka DoncicLuka DoncicPrije 13 dana
  • Kudos for mentioning Bodiroga. That man was amazing

    Random Palmtop GamingRandom Palmtop GamingPrije 13 dana
  • That Skillshare ad was the best ad I've ever seen on HRex

    I Gets_HighI Gets_HighPrije 13 dana
  • Giannis was born in Africa

    Fábio OliveiraFábio OliveiraPrije 13 dana
  • "Why is nobody discussing North America?" "Because there is no discussion." 😁 M>J

    Zett76Zett76Prije 14 dana
  • You didn't include North America, yet the thumbnail says it all 😂

    John DavidJohn DavidPrije 14 dana
  • Africa: Hakeem Asia: Wes Unseld? Yao... Australia: Steven Adams Europe: Dirk Nowitzki/Giannis/Luka North America: Michael/Kobe/Lebron South America: Manu

    Chris John GuyoChris John GuyoPrije 14 dana
  • Steven Adams is kiwi

    jayden giddinsjayden giddinsPrije 14 dana
  • Olajuwon and the Rockets lost to the Celtics in 1986. Sorry, I just had to be that guy to correct your mistake 😂

    enyigaenyigaPrije 14 dana

    Romeo III LosareRomeo III LosarePrije 14 dana
  • No Kyrie for australia

    Devin WoodwardDevin WoodwardPrije 14 dana
  • Foul shots, three! Worthy be!

    ChuloDavidcitoChuloDavidcitoPrije 14 dana
  • That AD at the middle was so creative, you fr the goat HeatCheck

    RHN418RHN418Prije 14 dana
  • No antartica?

    gunsmotleyqueengunsmotleyqueenPrije 14 dana
  • Oscar Schmidt deserves a special video for him 🇧🇷🇧🇷

    Denner BuenoDenner BuenoPrije 14 dana
  • Big respect for knowing who was Bodiroga 🙌🏼🏀

    MLV BoysMLV BoysPrije 14 dana
    • Every european basketball fan knows him

      zwhnekrhzwhnekrhPrije 9 dana
  • The bols are from Africa

    UnbracingOrchid YtUnbracingOrchid YtPrije 14 dana
  • Shower thought: The most famous spy would be the worst spy.

    Stephen CurryStephen CurryPrije 14 dana
    • Who's better, you or pete mavarich.

      Master ChiefMaster ChiefPrije 14 dana
  • Wait for KAI SOTTO from the Philippines! ❤️🌹😎😎😎 He will be the best NBA player from Asia. First asian NBA FINALS MVP.

    Athan DavidAthan DavidPrije 14 dana
  • Damn almost forgot how dominant bogut was back in those days.. but if simmons stays healthy gives philly atleast 1-2 rings then maybe he will be the best australian player

    Haruki NakamuraHaruki NakamuraPrije 14 dana
  • ur #1 fan from manila

    Robert LagartoRobert LagartoPrije 14 dana
  • What about Kyrie?

    lettuce_boyyylettuce_boyyyPrije 14 dana
  • “For Oceania- Andrew Bogut” * Andrew Gaze crying in a corner 😭*

    18sicily18sicilyPrije 15 dana
    • Gaze took more shoots in one game than Bogut would take in a season😂🤣🤔

      A ClemA ClemPrije 6 dana
  • too scared to say the best in north america? :P

    Ser BronnSer BronnPrije 15 dana
  • This topic is way too subjective and era dependant :)

    pigma15pigma15Prije 15 dana
  • MJ is the GOAT

    Jan ReadJan ReadPrije 15 dana
  • Yow you look like white kyrie irving. Lol

    Jonard MalcampoJonard MalcampoPrije 15 dana
  • Love how he said we can debate in the comments but no one debating ar all

    PiggyPigg16PiggyPigg16Prije 15 dana
  • 8:12 "Oh no, Oh no, Oh no no no no no

    lacheiflacheifPrije 15 dana
  • Good advertisement

    Mike DavisMike DavisPrije 15 dana
  • man, come on, why didnt you mention Antartica, you did my boy Zion dirty.

    Dhairya VeerDhairya VeerPrije 15 dana
  • Mr Heat Check you looks like white kyrie. 😂😂

    apol bonjocapol bonjocPrije 15 dana
  • Jeremy Lin is from US actually, he is not from Asia....

    Ray SunRay SunPrije 15 dana
  • MANU❤️🇦🇷

    Augusto PaganiniAugusto PaganiniPrije 15 dana
  • Manu Ginobili won NBA title, EuroLeague title and Olympic gold!!!

    EBoroEBoroPrije 15 dana
  • I just Love your KD impression.

    Lance MurdocLance MurdocPrije 15 dana
  • that was a SICK way to work the sponsor. they need to pay you more for that. LOL

    Jay KuaJay KuaPrije 15 dana
  • I hope more international players come to nba and basketball get more world Wide ❤🏀 from latin america

    El intocable 007El intocable 007Prije 15 dana
  • Heatcheck avoided the heat, by skipping North America 😂

    Uy, Lloyd Zyan RamosUy, Lloyd Zyan RamosPrije 15 dana
  • Come on now. Jeremy Lin is not from Asia. He was born and raised in California.

    James LJames LPrije 15 dana
  • Thanks for making the difference between best players... and best NBA players...

    Marcos TorrobaMarcos TorrobaPrije 15 dana
  • Wasnt Kyrie born in Australia?

    DevolvedSoupDevolvedSoupPrije 15 dana
  • America is just one continent! South america and north america are just parts of the continent but they are not continents themselves. !!!!

    Alberto BledaAlberto BledaPrije 15 dana
  • Dope video! always have to pause and think when Giannis is called Greek/European...

    SbuNgaba NqhSbuNgaba NqhPrije 15 dana
  • 3 straight.

    Creem 50HundredCreem 50HundredPrije 15 dana
  • You forgot to mention Antarctica's best player - Zion Williamson 😂

    Ghedneil DagaleaGhedneil DagaleaPrije 15 dana
  • Europe Pero Antic😂

    neznezPrije 15 dana
  • Dejan Bodiroga Is a basketball GOD.

    Veljko MaticVeljko MaticPrije 15 dana
  • that was an adroit sponsor

    Malta MasterMalta MasterPrije 15 dana
  • New sub✌️

    Harlow BrosHarlow BrosPrije 15 dana
  • My man, the most creative way to thank a sponsor. Wow!

    AA_25 PHAA_25 PHPrije 15 dana

    Will To WinWill To WinPrije 15 dana
  • this would be your coolest video

    LuckydustLuckydustPrije 15 dana
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    Jake BelgiraJake BelgiraPrije 15 dana
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    madison terrymadison terryPrije 15 dana
  • But you already just said who is the GOAT in your strange things happened on the free throw line video. 😂

    Buddhisatt SuonBuddhisatt SuonPrije 15 dana
  • 🤣🤣🤣 bruh that clean how u did that i aint know wat ppl was talkin bout till i seen it

    EsF .DEsF .DPrije 15 dana
  • Jeremy Lin is Asian-American lol. Although he is Asian he was born in America

    junpol 2junpol 2Prije 15 dana
  • Jeremy Lin is from the US lol.... When it is all said and done, probably best European players ever to play the game is probably a toss up between Luka or Giannis.

    Lim Hong YihLim Hong YihPrije 15 dana
  • Oscar shimidt was a killer on the 3 line

    Nelson Bertucci SimãoNelson Bertucci SimãoPrije 15 dana
  • emmm kyrie was born is australia . Yea just wanted to remind you 😅

    Mike ShailosMike ShailosPrije 15 dana
  • For asia my second best player is jordan clarkson he is half filipino

    busetwarehouzebusetwarehouzePrije 15 dana
  • Ten years from now, who are you adding to this list? Doncic, maybe? Anyone else?

    HomeSkilled BasketballHomeSkilled BasketballPrije 15 dana
  • Once again, great job on the video! Good luck getting four in a row - I have faith!

    Coach Calls TimeoutCoach Calls TimeoutPrije 15 dana
  • Kyrie was born in Australia

    i3 13i3 13Prije 15 dana
  • Dejan Bodiroga

    Милан Љ.Милан Љ.Prije 15 dana
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    Osideinde OluwadaraOsideinde OluwadaraPrije 15 dana
  • Mj is the Goat

    John PapastathopoulosJohn PapastathopoulosPrije 15 dana

    EZ-PEE-ZEZ-PEE-ZPrije 15 dana
  • Bro, FLIGHTREACTS is the best player from North America. Am I right?

    Luka BarisicLuka BarisicPrije 15 dana
  • Wow!!! Love that sponsorship video 😂😂😂

    FOU ALTERFOU ALTERPrije 15 dana
  • That SkillShare promotion was epic 😂😂

    Moses UngsonMoses UngsonPrije 15 dana