Caribbean standouts in the NBA


JJ Barea

Basketball fans may have noticed in recent years that the NBA has become progressively more international. It’s not that the league hasn’t often had good international players; there just seem to be more of them who make very meaningful contributions of late. A league that once seemed almost exclusive to the United States, in its way, now seems decidedly more international.

Within this transition, the Caribbean has gained a significant foothold in the NBA. This was actually pointed out recently by the celebrated writer and cultural commentator Malcolm Gladwell, albeit as part of a completely ridiculous theory.

Gladwell went on the popular Bill Simmons Podcast to discuss his theory that Nigeria could claim the best basketball team in the world, and justified the…

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