The year 1946 was an important one in many respects, with one of them being the hiring of the first international player in the National Basketball Association: Henry Biasatti, who was born in Italy and raised in Canada. Sixty-eight years later, the 2013-2014 season opened with a record 92 international players on NBA rosters — more than 20 percent of the league. But not only are they in the league, they’re thriving, too. Here are the five highest-paid foreign players of the season.
5. Andrew Bogut, Australia
- Team: Golden State Warriors
- Salary: $14,000,000
Though an Australian native, Bogut’s parents are Croatian, and the 7-foot center has admitted to modeling his game after another Croat’s — yes, we’re talking about Tony Kukoc. Stats this season for Bogut thus far are 8.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game. In his two seasons with Golden State, Bogut is also 100 percent from behind the 3-point line (hint: he’s only taken one). Unofficially, a healthy Bogut is an excellent defender and an oft-comedic tweeter: “Cleveland easily wins ‘the most people waiting outside of the hotel for autographs to sell on eBay’ award. That + its 5 deg (40f) #dedication.”