Top NBA Players Who Didn’t Play For Their Country Of Birth

NBA Players Who Didn’t Play For Their Country Of Birth
Becoming a professional basketball player is not an easy task. However, when it comes to a professional basketball league like the NBA, the competition becomes even tougher. Because of this, NBA players are highly sought after by their countries to represent them at the international level. Even though this seems like a patriotic thing to do, few NBA players did not play for their country of birth.
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Number #1: Kyrie Irving
Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia but he relocated to the United States when he was just two years old and he started playing basketball from high school. He represented Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Number #2: Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr was born in Lebanon and he spent much of his childhood there before moving to the United States. In 1986, Kerr joined the United States basketball team for the FIBA World Championship in Spain.
Number #3: Carlos Boozer
Boozer was born in Aschaffenburg in West Germany but he was raised in Juneau, Alaska. Despite being born in Germany, Boozer represented the Team USA at the National level winning a bronze medal in 2004 and a gold medal in 2008.
Number #4: Reggie Jackson
Jackson was born in Pordenone, Italy where he lived with his family before moving to the United States at age 5. In April 2008, he officially declared for the US citizenship making him eligible to play for the US national team
Number #5: Patrick Ewing
Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica but he moved to the United States at age 12. He represented the United States at the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games as well as the 1992 Americas Championship.
Number #6: Steve Nash
Nash was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his family moved to Canada when he was just 18 months old. Nash started playing for the Canadian national team in 1991 and he represented them in several games.
Number #7: Luol Deng
Deng was born in Wau, Sudan, which is now in South Sudan. Because of the Sudanese Civil War, Deng and his family had to flee Sudan to Egypt when he was still a child but they eventually settled in the United Kingdom. In 2006, he became a neutralized British citizen and he made his debut in 2007 against Georgia.
Number #8: Enes Kanter
Kanter was born in Zurich, Switzerland and his family returned to Turkey when he was still very young. He started playing for the Turkish national basketball team in 2008 at the FIBA Under-16 Championship and he played his first game with the senior team in 2011.
Number #9: Nikola Vucevic
Vucevic was born in Morges, Switzerland but was raised in Belgium. However, he moved with his family to Montenegro as a teenager and eventually represented the Montenegro national team and he made his debut at the FIBA Under-20 Championship.
Number #10: Karl Anthony Towns
Towns was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey but he was selected to represent the Dominican Republic at the age of 16 at the FIBA Americas Championship as well as the 2012 FIBA World Olympics Qualifying Tournament for Men.

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