Basketball has become an increasingly global game, with 83 foreign-born players from 37 countries on NBA rosters at the start of the 2009-10 season. But the 2010 draft is shaping up to be a very slow one for international players. With 6-foot-11 Czech Republic star Jan Vesely opting to stay in Europe for another season, it's possible that no international players will be drafted in the lottery and only one or two will sneak into the first round.
Still, this is a good time to explain how the process of evaluating international players works, because there are major differences between the American model of drafting college players and picking young professionals from other countries. Here are three critical areas that the best NBA scouts keep in mind when evaluating international players:
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