The NBA is filled with talented, iconic players who come from every corner of the globe.
The game is more international than it’s ever been – and has become more so over the last decade.
This is no more evident than when you look at the current race for the MVP trophy.
Each of the top players in contention for the league’s highest honor wasn’t born in the United States.
An international player will win the NBA MVP for 4 straight seasons — the longest streak in history.
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Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks are the three players most likely to win the award this year, with Jokic at the head of the pack.
That means that no matter who wins, it’ll guarantee the MVP will once again be an international star.
This will make a record: someone born overseas will win MVP for the fourth time in a row – a historic streak in the NBA.
Fans of the NBA should be ready for many more MVP trophies to be given to international players in the years ahead.
Jokic, Embiid, and Antetokounmpo are just a few foreign-born superstars who are taking the NBA to a whole new level.
There are many, many others.
Luka Doncic is dominating with the Dallas Mavericks.
Meanwhile, Josh Giddey of the Oklahoma City Thunder is one of the best rookies in the league.
Additionally, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is a defensive hero.
As you can see, the league is now packed with incredible players who come from all over the world.
The league has put a strong emphasis on finding players from every country and that’s led to the league we have today.
NBA basketball is no longer just an American game – and that’s a good thing.