By: Freaknick

Top 5 International Players of Day 6: Not a great day to be a foreign-born basketball player. In fact, finding five fellas worthy of list inclusion was a bit of a challenge. If I had to stretch this list to seven, it would have been ugly.

Pau Gasol: 7-12, 17 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists

Joakim Noah: 3-7, 10 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks

Luol Deng: 9-16, 20 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Steve Nash: 3-8, 13 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds

Goran Dragic: 3-6 (3-5 from 3-pt), 10 points, 1 assist in 10 minutes

Barely missed out

Rudy Fernandez: 4-8, 12 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal. Goran gets the nod because he produced similar stats in half the court time. Plus his team won. Sorry, Rudolph.

Day 7’s Best: Thank God for Dirk, Tony and Manu otherwise the international scene would have taken a huge hit on the NBA’s seventh day of tournament play. An ugly game from the usually efficient Brazilian Nene kind of screwed up what should have been a pretty top five. Manu had a tough shooting night but he did what Manu does, finding other ways to help out, especially when it counts. I wish Paul Millsap was foreign. Those 22 points and 19 rebounds off the bench would have looked sexy on my website.

Dirk Nowitzki: 13-23, 35 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Tony Parker: 10-16, 23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 33 minutes off the bench.

Manu Ginobili: 4-12, 15 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Kyrylo Fesenko: 4-6, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Nene Hilario: 1-4, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Barely missed out:

Nobody: It was pretty rough. If you don’t believe me, check the boxscores.

The Greats from Day Eight: I mean, who the hell did you think I was putting in the #1 slot? Bugs Bunny? Well, you’re wrong because Bugs Bunny has no jumper. Everyone knows that. Respect Zaza. And no, I don’t care that the Hawks lost. Well I do, but…yeah. Now I’m rambling. I always get butterflies in my belly when Zaza’s involved.

Zaza Pachulia: 6-7, 16 points, 3 rebounds

Steve Nash: 6-11, 15 points, 8 assists, 6 turnovers

Pau Gasol: 5-10, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists

Brandon Jennings: 5-11, 13 points, 5 assists

Al Horford: 5-9, 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block