10 Best Hispanic Basketball Players

There are a large number of quality Hispanic basketball players in the NBA. Many have been first round draft picks and others have won gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games. They come to the NBA from Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico and all points in between.

  1. Carmelo Anthony – Carmelo Anthony was born in New York City to a Hispanic father who died when Carmelo was only two years old. He has gone on to be a two-time NBA All-Star basketball player and won a Gold Medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  2. Gilbert Arenas – Arenas, a Hispanic-American on his father’s side, began his career at Golden State. When he signed as a free agent with Washington, he became a star. As of 2009-2010, he averaged 22.7 points-per-game as a three-time All-Star.
  3. Manu Ginobili – Manu Ginobili began his career in Argentina and Italy before joining the San Antonio Spurs in 2002. Since coming to the NBA, Ginobili won three NBA Championship rings while averaging 15.0 points-per-game. He is one of only two basketball players as of 2009-2010 to win an NBA Championship, Olympic gold medal and Euroleague Championship
  4. Al Horford – Horford is a Hispanic All-Star center for the Atlanta Hawks. He has played in 148 games in two years as of 2009-2010, averaging 10.8 points- and 9.3 rebounds-per-game. He has also averaged 9.4 PPG in sixteen career playoff games.
  5. Eduardo Najera – Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Najera led the Oklahoma Sooners to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances before the Dallas Mavericks drafted him in 2000. He has made a name for himself as a sixth-man basketball player for Dallas, Denver and New Jersey.
  6. Andres Nocioni – Nocioni currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers but achieved his greatest success as a member of the Argentine national team. He played in two Summer Olympics games, winning a gold medal in 2004 and a bronze medal in 2008. In his seven-year career, he has averaged 11.3 points-per game as a basketball player for Chicago and Sacramento.
  7. Charlie Villanueva – Villanueva is a Hispanic-American who plays for the Detroit Pistons. Toronto drafted him in 2005 and then traded him for T.J. Ford to Milwaukee. As a rookie, he became the first player since Allen Iverson to score at least 48-points in one game. Over his first five years, Villanueva averaged 13.1 points- and 6.0 rebounds-per-game.
  8. Carlos Delfino – Born in Argentina, Delfino plays shooting guard and small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks. He was a member of the gold medal Argentina team in the 2004 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal at the 2008 games. In his first five years in the NBA, Delfino averaged 11.0 points-per-game while starting a career high 66 games for Milwaukee in 2009-2010.
  9. Brook Lopez – Lopez is one of two brothers in the NBA born of Hispanic decent. His brother Robin currently plays for the Phoenix Suns while Brook plays for the New Jersey Nets. In his first two years with the Nets, Brook averaged 15.9 points-, 8.4 rebounds- and 33.7 minutes-per-game.
  10. José Juan Barea – Barea hails from Puerto Rico and the Dallas Mavericks signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He won a gold medal in both the 2006 and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. He has started 43 games in his first three years as a basketball player with Dallas, averaging 7.6 points-per-game.
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