1. Hakeem Olajuwon (27.8 PPG, 10.8 RPG in 1994/95)
Ok, I cheated a little bit. I said I wouldn’t include someone who played for Team USA, but I’m going to make an exception. I still consider Hakeem an international player, because well, he was born and raised in Nigeria. He had a great college career on one of the most popular teams of all-time: the Houston Cougars’ Phi Slamma Jamma.
Early in his NBA career, he and Ralph Sampson formed a “Twin Towers” duo in the front court and made the Finals in 1986 as a young team, shocking Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers team. It would take another 10 years for Hakeem to really hit his prime, and what a prime it was. He won back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995 (the years that Michael Jordan was retired), and won MVP in 1994. Those years really cemented his legacy as a top 5 big man of all-time and without a doubt the greatest international player in NBA history.
So there you have it.
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