5 Best Hispanic NBA Basketball Players
Men of Hispanic origin are rare in the NBA but those who play shell out quality skills, and here are the five best Hispanic NBA basketball players. Every basketball player on the list has played in the NBA for at least four years and went from back up to starting players. All five men are over six feet tall and a couple hold NBA records and player of the year titles.
Emanuel "Manu" Ginóbil. Born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina Manu Ginóbil has been playing for the San Antonio Spurs since 2002 and is the best Hispanic NBA basketball player due to 2003, 2005, and 2007 NBA championship rings. Standing at 6'6'' tall, Manu has been a pivotal shooting guard for the Spurs starting line up when he was not out for injuries. Another reason Manu's the best Hispanic NBA player is that he is one of two men that has an Olympic gold medal, an NBA Championship and a Euroleague Championship.
- Jose Calderon. Born in Spain, Jose Calderon began playing basketball for the NBA in 2005 with the Toronto Raptors and to date has only been a part of that NBA team. Starting off as a back-up point guard player, Jose Calderon made great strides in the 2007-2008 season, earning him a starting line-up spot. In the 2008-2009 season, Jose set the NBA record for highest free throw percentage and the second-longest consecutive free throw streak in NBA basketball history with 87. During the game against Golden State Warriors in March 2010, Jose Calderon made his career high of seven three-point field goals made and scored twenty-four points.
Andres Nocioni. Standing at 6'7'' tall, Andrés Nocioni was born in Santa Fe, Argentina and started playing for the Chicago Bulls in 2004 where he stayed until he was traded to the Sacramento Kings in February, 2009. Playing forward guard, Andrés Nocioni was the Chicago Bulls Player of the Year for the 2005-2006 season which is another reason he is one of the best NBA Hispanic basketball players. During the 2007-2008 season, Andrés Nocioni was the only Chicago Bulls member to play in all 82 games, and he averaged 13.2 points per game.
- Eduardo Nájera. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Eduardo Nájera is the second Mexican-born player to compete in NBA basketball since his start with the Dallas Mavericks in 2000. He has since played with four NBA basketball teams thus far including the Dallas Mavericks from 2000-2004, Golden State Warriors from 2004-2005, Denver Nuggets 2005-2008, New Jersey Nets from 2008-2010 and back to the Mavericks in 2010. During Eduardo Nájera's four year stint with the Denver Nuggets, he played a total of 248 games with an average of 22 minutes per game. Appearing in 45 NBA basketball playoff games as a forward guarantees Eduardo Nájera a spot on the best Hispanic NBA basketball players list.
- José Juan Barea. Born June 26, 1984 in Puerto Rico, Jose Barea started his NBA basketball career with Dallas in 2006, and to date is still a pivotal guard for the Mavericks. Starting off a rookie in the 2006-2007 season, Jose Barea played in 33 games and built his way up to play in more games each season. During the 2009-2010 NBA basketball season, he played a total of 78 games with an average of 19.8 minutes per game. Standing at six feet tall, Jose Barea is a point guard with a career high of twenty-six points during the 2008-2009 season.