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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?


  1. EagleofHeavyMetal

    EagleofHeavyMetalПре месец

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

  2. Noah H

    Noah HПре месец


  3. EagleofHeavyMetal

    EagleofHeavyMetalПре месец

    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

  4. Heat Check

    Heat CheckПре месец

    NEVER!! ❤️

  5. Robert

    RobertПре 18 дана

    Imagine if Europe basketball has the same league structure like the NBA? 30 teams split into 2 conference, top 8 in each conference qualifying for the playoffs. How many Europeans would be invested?

  6. Kai Salam

    Kai SalamПре 20 дана

    What about Kyrie for me Oceania

  7. BF Wangs

    BF WangsПре месец

    Just realized embiid is similar to Hakeem more than Shaq or whatever

  8. A Clem

    A ClemПре месец

    Kyrie Irving is actually from Australia 🤔 He at the very least deserves a mention

  9. It’s Timmy VFX

    It’s Timmy VFXПре месец

    He didn’t just slide that sponsor in...😂 that was so smooth lmao

  10. N Marbletoe

    N MarbletoeПре месец

    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?"

  11. zwhnekrh

    zwhnekrhПре месец

    Americans have no idea who Dejan Bodiroga was. And he was crazy good! Doncic like good!

  12. Joze Vogrinec

    Joze VogrinecПре месец

    That's the most interesting thing to pomote someone man

  13. DUB2K

    DUB2KПре месец

    He just gets more creative every video with his sponsors. Great Job Stephen!

  14. Big Ben

    Big BenПре месец

    Kyrie Irving is from Oceania

  15. Ram Ngaihzuala

    Ram NgaihzualaПре месец

    Stop showing your face....haha.....

  16. BradToWorse

    BradToWorseПре месец


  17. Steph Curry Wurst

    Steph Curry WurstПре месец

    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😉🏀🔥🇩🇪

  18. patric j

    patric jПре месец

    1st-north america 2nd-Africa 3rd-Europe 4th-Oceania 5th-south america 6th-asia

  19. Abdul Memon

    Abdul MemonПре месец

    Who came here from the link in his interview post

  20. Steven Hardaway

    Steven HardawayПре месец

    " mi imamo svoga Boga, ime mu je Bodiroga !! "

  21. Bob Ndar

    Bob NdarПре месец

    That ad was as good as CalebCity’s Old Spice ad.

  22. Tim T

    Tim TПре месец

    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.

  23. Seye Joseph

    Seye JosephПре месец

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

  24. Merck Maguddayao

    Merck MaguddayaoПре месец

    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.

  25. Rom Sawyer

    Rom SawyerПре месец

    MJ for the NA

  26. Zach Bing

    Zach BingПре месец

    Wait what about Antarctica?? ...

  27. Andrew Ulaba

    Andrew UlabaПре месец

    What about Ben Simmons

  28. Kuwsh15

    Kuwsh15Пре месец

    Kobe 5 rings in the west with tim duncan in the league wow

  29. Mack Funk

    Mack FunkПре месец

    Manu Ginobilli 20

  30. NEY SB

    NEY SBПре месец

    Jeremy lin was a monster too

  31. David Chen

    David ChenПре месец

    3:17 Jeremy Lin isn’t Asian, he’s American... Man was born in California...

  32. Yankee Oscar Lima Oscar

    Yankee Oscar Lima OscarПре месец


  33. Artin

    ArtinПре месец

    MJ all the waaaaay

  34. Luka Dončić

    Luka DončićПре месец

    I'II be the next great european player

  35. Random Palmtop Gaming

    Random Palmtop GamingПре месец

    Kudos for mentioning Bodiroga. That man was amazing

  36. I Gets_High

    I Gets_HighПре месец

    That Skillshare ad was the best ad I've ever seen on RSclub

  37. Fábio Oliveira

    Fábio OliveiraПре месец

    Giannis was born in Africa

  38. Zett76

    Zett76Пре месец

    "Why is nobody discussing North America?" "Because there is no discussion." 😁 M>J

  39. John David

    John DavidПре месец

    You didn't include North America, yet the thumbnail says it all 😂

  40. Chris John Guyo

    Chris John GuyoПре месец

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

  41. jayden giddins

    jayden giddinsПре месец

    Steven Adams is kiwi

  42. enyiga

    enyigaПре месец

    Olajuwon and the Rockets lost to the Celtics in 1986. Sorry, I just had to be that guy to correct your mistake 😂

  43. Romeo III Losare

    Romeo III LosareПре месец


  44. Devin Woodward

    Devin WoodwardПре месец

    No Kyrie for australia

  45. ChuloDavidcito

    ChuloDavidcitoПре месец

    Foul shots, three! Worthy be!

  46. RHN418

    RHN418Пре месец

    That AD at the middle was so creative, you fr the goat HeatCheck

  47. gunsmotleyqueen

    gunsmotleyqueenПре месец

    No antartica?

  48. Denner Bueno

    Denner BuenoПре месец

    Oscar Schmidt deserves a special video for him 🇧🇷🇧🇷

  49. MLV Boys

    MLV BoysПре месец

    Big respect for knowing who was Bodiroga 🙌🏼🏀

  50. zwhnekrh

    zwhnekrhПре месец

    Every european basketball fan knows him

  51. UnbracingOrchid Yt

    UnbracingOrchid YtПре месец

    The bols are from Africa

  52. Stephen Curry

    Stephen CurryПре месец

    Shower thought: The most famous spy would be the worst spy.

  53. Master Chief

    Master ChiefПре месец

    Who's better, you or pete mavarich.

  54. Athan David

    Athan DavidПре месец

    Wait for KAI SOTTO from the Philippines! ❤️🌹😎😎😎 He will be the best NBA player from Asia. First asian NBA FINALS MVP.

  55. Haruki Nakamura

    Haruki NakamuraПре месец

    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

  56. Robert Lagarto

    Robert LagartoПре месец

    ur #1 fan from manila

  57. lettuce_boyyy

    lettuce_boyyyПре месец

    What about Kyrie?

  58. 18sicily

    18sicilyПре месец

    “For Oceania- Andrew Bogut” * Andrew Gaze crying in a corner 😭*

  59. A Clem

    A ClemПре месец

    Gaze took more shoots in one game than Bogut would take in a season😂🤣🤔

  60. Ser Bronn

    Ser BronnПре месец

    too scared to say the best in north america? :P

  61. pigma15

    pigma15Пре месец

    This topic is way too subjective and era dependant :)

  62. John Toread

    John ToreadПре месец

    MJ is the GOAT

  63. Jonard Malcampo

    Jonard MalcampoПре месец

    Yow you look like white kyrie irving. Lol

  64. PiggyPiggg16

    PiggyPiggg16Пре месец

    Love how he said we can debate in the comments but no one debating ar all

  65. rdsj

    rdsjПре месец

    8:12 "Oh no, Oh no, Oh no no no no no

  66. Mike Davis

    Mike DavisПре месец

    Good advertisement

  67. Dhairya Veer

    Dhairya VeerПре месец

    man, come on, why didnt you mention Antartica, you did my boy Zion dirty.

  68. apol bonjoc

    apol bonjocПре месец

    Mr Heat Check you looks like white kyrie. 😂😂

  69. Ray Sun

    Ray SunПре месец

    Jeremy Lin is from US actually, he is not from Asia....

  70. Augusto Paganini

    Augusto PaganiniПре месец


  71. EBoro

    EBoroПре месец

    Manu Ginobili won NBA title, EuroLeague title and Olympic gold!!!

  72. Lance Murdoc

    Lance MurdocПре месец

    I just Love your KD impression.

  73. Jay Kua

    Jay KuaПре месец

    that was a SICK way to work the sponsor. they need to pay you more for that. LOL

  74. El intocable 007

    El intocable 007Пре месец

    I hope more international players come to nba and basketball get more world Wide ❤🏀 from latin america

  75. Lloyd Zyan R. Uy

    Lloyd Zyan R. UyПре месец

    Heatcheck avoided the heat, by skipping North America 😂

  76. James L

    James LПре месец

    Come on now. Jeremy Lin is not from Asia. He was born and raised in California.

  77. Marcos Torroba

    Marcos TorrobaПре месец

    Thanks for making the difference between best players... and best NBA players...

  78. Marcel Croc Monsieur

    Marcel Croc MonsieurПре месец

    Wasnt Kyrie born in Australia?

  79. Alberto Bleda

    Alberto BledaПре месец

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

  80. SbuNgaba Nqh

    SbuNgaba NqhПре месец

    Dope video! always have to pause and think when Giannis is called Greek/European...

  81. Creem 50Hundred

    Creem 50HundredПре месец

    3 straight.

  82. Ghedneil Dagalea

    Ghedneil DagaleaПре месец

    You forgot to mention Antarctica's best player - Zion Williamson 😂

  83. nez

    nezПре месец

    Europe Pero Antic😂

  84. Veljko Matic

    Veljko MaticПре месец

    Dejan Bodiroga Is a basketball GOD.

  85. Malta Master

    Malta MasterПре месец

    that was an adroit sponsor

  86. Harlow Bros

    Harlow BrosПре месец

    New sub✌️

  87. AA_25 PH

    AA_25 PHПре месец

    My man, the most creative way to thank a sponsor. Wow!

  88. Will To Win

    Will To WinПре месец


  89. Luckydust

    LuckydustПре месец

    this would be your coolest video

  90. Jake Belgira

    Jake BelgiraПре месец

    Luc longley is trash

  91. madison terry

    madison terryПре месец

    The questionable desert positionally time because methane expectably rain above a dead barometer. tricky, acoustic eyelash

  92. Buddhisatt Suon

    Buddhisatt SuonПре месец

    But you already just said who is the GOAT in your strange things happened on the free throw line video. 😂

  93. EsF .D

    EsF .DПре месец

    🤣🤣🤣 bruh that clean how u did that i aint know wat ppl was talkin bout till i seen it

  94. junpol 2

    junpol 2Пре месец

    Jeremy Lin is Asian-American lol. Although he is Asian he was born in America

  95. Lim Hong Yih

    Lim Hong YihПре месец

    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.

  96. Nelson Bertucci Simão

    Nelson Bertucci SimãoПре месец

    Oscar shimidt was a killer on the 3 line

  97. Mike Shailos

    Mike ShailosПре месец

    emmm kyrie was born is australia . Yea just wanted to remind you 😅

  98. busetwarehouze

    busetwarehouzeПре месец

    For asia my second best player is jordan clarkson he is half filipino

  99. HomeSkilled Basketball

    HomeSkilled BasketballПре месец

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

  100. Coach Calls Timeout

    Coach Calls TimeoutПре месец

    Once again, great job on the video! Good luck getting four in a row - I have faith!

  101. i3 13

    i3 13Пре месец

    Kyrie was born in Australia

  102. Милан Љ.

    Милан Љ.Пре месец

    Dejan Bodiroga

  103. Osideinde Oluwadara

    Osideinde OluwadaraПре месец


  104. John Papastathopoulos

    John PapastathopoulosПре месец

    Mj is the Goat

  105. EZ-PEE-Z

    EZ-PEE-ZПре месец


  106. Luka Barisic

    Luka BarisicПре месец

    Bro, FLIGHTREACTS is the best player from North America. Am I right?