New York Knicks (NBA)

International Players, 2023-24 Season

Precious AchiuwaForwardNigeria2023-24Port Harcout, Nigeria
OG AnunobyForwardEngland2023-24London, England
Mamadi DiakiteForwardGuinea2023-24Conakry, Guinea
Bojan BogdanovicForwardBosnia & Herzegovnia2023-24Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Dmytro SkapintsevCenterUkraine2023-24Vinnytsia, Ukraine
Duane Washington Jr.GuardUnited States2023-24Frankfurt, Germany

Team History

The New York Knicks, one of the NBA’s most storied franchises, boast a rich history intertwined with a tradition of embracing international talent. Since the early days of the franchise, the Knicks have welcomed players from across the globe, contributing to their diverse and dynamic roster. This tradition gained momentum in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the Knicks signed players like Patrick Ewing from Jamaica. These international additions not only brought unique skills but also reflected the team’s commitment to global talent.

Throughout the years, the Knicks continued to reinforce their international presence, solidifying their reputation as a melting pot of basketball talent. One notable example is the arrival of Latvian sensation Kristaps Porziņģis in 2015. Porziņģis quickly made an impact, showcasing his versatility as a forward and becoming a fan favorite at Madison Square Garden. His tenure with the Knicks was marked by impressive statistics, including averaging 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game during the 2017-2018 season, further illustrating the team’s success in scouting and developing international prospects.

The Knicks’ commitment to international players remains steadfast in recent years, with the acquisition of players like French guard Frank Ntilikina and Brazilian center Nenê Hilário. Ntilikina, drafted eighth overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, brought defensive prowess and playmaking abilities to the Knicks’ backcourt. Additionally, Nenê, while at the twilight of his career, provided valuable veteran leadership and frontcourt depth during his stint with the team. As the NBA continues to expand its global reach, the New York Knicks stand as a testament to the league’s embrace of international talent, showcasing a diverse roster that reflects the interconnected nature of basketball worldwide.