Written by Garrett Catalana – @GarrettCatalana

Over the course of the 76ers 2016 offseason, there have been additions and subtractions to the Sixers roster, much like every other NBA roster every single year. The Sixers are no exception, but this offseason has been different than any other Sixers offseason before.

 

The difference this year is the sudden influx of international talent on the team. As it currently stands, five international players are set to make their Sixers debut this fall: Ben Simmons (Australia), Dario Saric (Croatia), Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (France), Sergio Rodriguez (Spain), and Joel Embiid (Cameroon).

 

The amount of international players in the NBA has grown substantially in the past 25 years. By 2012, approximately 20% of the NBA was international players. However, this isn’t a trend that has fit the profile over the Sixers history dating back to 1949. In the entire history of the franchise, only 25 players of international descent have ever played for the franchise over 32 seasons, and their tenures in Philadelphia have been very limited for the most part. So with the influx of five new international players in just this one season, listed below are the 25 men who have suited up for the 76ers over the past 30+ years from places other than the United States.

 

The NBA cites Hank Biasatti (Canada) of the Toronto Huskies as the first international player in league history in 1946, but the first real wave of international players didn’t start until the mid-1970s into the early 1980s, which included Mike D’Antoni, Kike Vandeweghe, Mychal Thompson, and James Donaldson. It was during this wave that the Sixers drafted the team’s first ever-international player in 1983.

 

1) Leo Rautins (1983-1984) [Canada]

– Stats: 28 games, 1.7 PPG, 1.0 APG, -0.1 WS, -0.1 VORP

– The very first international player in Sixers history wasn’t exactly a trailblazer for those who followed him in Philadelphia. Just after winning the NBA title, the Sixers selected Leo Rautins out of Syracuse with the 17th pick of the 1983 Draft, becoming the first ever Canadian to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft. Rautins would only play in 29 games as a rookie for the defending champs, severely limited by torn ligaments in his foot. By September of 1984 he was traded to the Pacers to shed salary and pay their 1984 first round draft pick, Charles Barkley and Rautins managed to play in just four more games the rest of his NBA career. He later bounced around overseas in Italy, France, and Spain, never fulfilling his first round promise. Rautins is one of Canada’s greatest basketball ambassadors and pioneers as he served as the Canadian national team coach from 2005 to 2011 and has been a commentator for the Toronto Raptors since the team’s inception in 1995. He has meant far more for Canadian basketball than he ever did for Sixers basketball.

 

2) Christian Welp (1987-1989) [Germany]

– Stats: 82 games, 3.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.6 BPG, 0.3 WS, .099 WS/48, 0.0 VORP

– Apparently the Sixers didn’t learn from their mistake four years earlier when they selected center Christian Welp out of Washington with the 16th pick of the 1987 Draft. With the recent retirement of Jeff Ruland, the Sixers were in need of center help (if the Sixers would have drafted for need instead of fit, guards Mark Jackson and Reggie Lewis were still available). They used that 16th pick on Welp, who had scored over 2,000 points during his time with the Huskies and was a three-time all-Pac 10 selection. Welp, however, was not able to translate his game to the NBA. By 1989, Welp was traded to the San Antonio Spurs. Following brief stints with San Antonio and the Warriors, Welp went back to Germany to play for TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen and was even named the EuroBasket MVP in 1993. Welp pasted away of heart failure in 2015 at 51 years old.

 

3) Manute Bol (1990-1993, 1994) [Sudan]

– Stats: 215 games, 1.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 2.4 WS, .031 WS/48, 0.6 VORP

– Manute became the first player born in Africa to play for the Sixers back in 1990 when the Sixers traded their 1991 first round pick (later Chris Gatling) to the Warriors for the 7’7 center from Sudan. Bol was a gentle giant who was a tremendous shot blocker, averaging 3 blocks a game in both the 1990-1991 & 91-92 seasons, while suiting up in 211 of a possible 246 games. He was released in 1993 and only played in 19 more NBA games for the rest of his career. He became known for his activism following his playing days, becoming involved in many events and charities that supported his home nation of Sudan. In 2010, Bol died of kidney failure at the age of 47.

 

 

4) Shawn Bradley (1993-1995) [Germany]

– Stats: 143 games, 9.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.2 BPG, 2.4 WS, .028 WS/48, 0.8 VORP

– For a brief period of time late in the 1994 season, both 7’7 Manute Bol and 7’6 Shawn Bradley were playing for the Sixers. Bradley was born in Landstuhl, West Germany in 1972, but grew up in Castle Dale, Utah (Bradley is a dual-citizen). After starring at BYU for one season, he served as a Mormon missionary in Australia for two years before entering the 1993 NBA Draft. The Sixers were coming off a very rough first year without Charles Barkley, finishing with the worst record in the NBA, yet failed to land the first pick, Chris Webber. Bradley was one of the most controversial draft prospects in NBA history, but the Sixers selected him with the 2nd overall pick, after Chris Webber and before Penny Hardaway. Bradley never lived up to his lofty expectations as a Sixer, and was traded to the New Jersey Nets in 1995 for Derrick Coleman. Bradley had a solid NBA career that lasted 13 seasons but he never lived up to the hype.

 

If you haven’t seen it already, I highly suggest watching his short piece on what Bradley is up to now:

 

5) Alaa Abdelnaby (1995) [Egypt]

– Stats: 3 games, 0.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, -0.3 WS, -0.2 VORP

 – Current Sixers color-analyst Alaa Abdelnaby became the fifth international Sixer ever, albeit for a very short time on a pair of 10-day contracts in 1995. Alaa was born in Alexandria, Egypt and moved to the United States when he was two and grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He became a standout high school basketball player and earned a scholarship to play at Duke University. He used a strong senior season (Third Team All-ACC) to be drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 25th pick of the 1990 NBA Draft. He bounced around the NBA with the Celtics, Bucks, and Kings when the Sixers signed him for a brief stint in 1995. His three games with the Sixers would be last in the NBA. Alaa has been broadcasting basketball games ever since his playing days were over at the collegiate and professional level and we are glad to have him on Sixers telecasts with Marc Zumoff.

 

 

6) Mark Bradtke (1996-1997) [Australia]

– Stats: 36 games, 1.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.2 WS, .044 WS/48, -6.1 BPM, -0.3 VORP

– When he makes his debut this fall, Ben Simmons will not be the first Australian to play for the Sixers. That honor belongs to Mark Bradtke. He was a well-known player back in Australia who was the youngest player ever representing the Australian international team at 18 years old in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, losing to the US in the Bronze Medal game. He was a very good player for the Adelaide 36ers and the Melbourne Tigers before the Sixers signed the 6’10, 28-year old in 1996. He played just 36 games in his one lackluster NBA season, returning back to Australia in 1997. His game got even better over time and is one of the more accomplished players in NBL history, finishing his career as the NBL all-time leading rebounder, a 10x All NBL First Team choice, the 2002 NBL MVP, and a 3x NBL champion. He was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

 

 

7) Todd MacCulloch (1999-2001, 2002-2003) [Canada]

– Stats: 161 games, 4.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.5 BPG, 6.3 WS, .157 WS/48, -1.3 BPM, 0.4 VORP

– MacCulloch became the second Canadian to play for the Sixers when he was selected in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft. During his first stint with the team, Todd played mainly backup minutes behind Theo Ratliff, Matt Geiger, and Dikembe Mutombo. He was called into action for 31 minutes in the 2001 NBA Finals when Mutombo and Geiger got in foul trouble trying to guard Shaquille O’Neal. He signed with the Nets as a free agent during the summer and was the starting center on the Nets team that reached the 2002 NBA Finals. He was traded back to the Sixers, along with Keith Van Horn for Mutombo, but failed to finish the year due to foot injuries. These foot problems (known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease) caused his career to be cut short, just four years into his career, announcing his retirement in 2004. Todd was great second round value for the Sixers but unfortunately his NBA career wasn’t able to last long.

 

2 Fun Facts: Todd is the only native of Manitoba to ever play in the NBA & he is a world-class pinball player.

 

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/vih2zg/chappelle-s-show-reparations-2003-follow-up

8) Juan Ignacio “Pepe” Sanchez (2000-2001) [Argentina]

– Stats: 24 games, 0.8 PPG, 1.5 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.5 WS, .212 WS/48, -0.4 BPM, 0.0 VORP

– Even though Pepe Sanchez was born and grew up in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, he was well known in Philadelphia before joining the 76ers. Sanchez had moved from Argentina to Philadelphia to play under John Chaney at Temple University in 1996 and played as an Owl for four years. He helped Temple reach the Elite 8 as a junior, was named Third-Team All-American as a senior, and finished his college career 2nd (now 3rd) all-time in steals in NCAA history. Sanchez remained on Broad Street when the Sixers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He made the team as a reserve, just playing in 24 games. He was actually traded away in the Dikembe Mutombo trade with the Hawks in 2001, but was waived by Atlanta a month later. He rejoined the Sixers and was on the roster for the team’s magical run to the NBA Finals. He signed with powerhouse Panathinaikos (Greece) after the season and helped them win the 2002 Euroleague championship. He briefly returned to the NBA with the Detroit Pistons in 2002 before playing the rest of his career outside the US in Spain and Argentina. Sanchez was actually the first Argentinian to ever play in the NBA, helping pave the way for great players like Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni, Fabricio Oberto, and Pablo Prigioni to later join and contribute in the NBA.

 

 

9) Toni Kukoc (2000-2001) [Croatia]

– Stats: 80 games, 9.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 4.6 WS, .117 WS/48, 1.7 BPM, 1.8 VORP

– Kukoc was known as one of the best international players to ever play in the NBA, helping the Chicago Bulls win three straight championships from 1996 to 1998. The 6’10 lefty from Croatia made his way to Philadelphia in February of 2000 in a three-team deal between the Bulls, Warriors, and Sixers. The Sixers had traded former-lottery pick Larry Hughes and Billy Owens to the Warriors in order to get Kukoc from the Bulls. Getting the versatile Kukoc from the Bulls was a sign that the Sixers were ready to make their push in the Eastern Conference. He was viewed as the Sixers second superstar next to Allen Iverson and even though he was 32 years old at the time of the trade, Kukoc delivered in the win column. In about a full year’s worth of games over two seasons, the Sixers went 63-24 (.721 W/L%), including a playoff series victory over the Hornets, during Kukoc’s time in Philadelphia. “The Waiter” played well off the bench as a secondary facilitator, but didn’t live up to the lofty expectations that Sixers had for him as the main guy behind Iverson. After Theo Ratliff broke his wrist in 2001, he, Kukoc, Nazr Mohammad, and the previously mentioned Pepe Sanchez were traded to the Atlanta Hawks for the next international player for the Sixers, Dikembe Mutombo.

 

 

10) Dikembe Mutombo (2001-2002) [Democratic Republic of the Congo]

– Stats: 106 games, 11.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.4 BPG, 13.2 WS, .168 WS/48, 1.6 BPM, 3.5 VORP

– The Sixers went all-in when they traded for All-Star center Dikembe Mutombo in 2001, hoping to reach its first NBA Finals since 1983. While there were bumps during the stretch run of the regular season, Mutombo came around and was instrumental for the Sixers reaching the Finals, defeating the Pacers, Raptors, and Bucks, before facing off against the powerful Lakers. Mutombo won the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year Award (his fourth) and faced off against NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal with a broken finger in the Finals. Although the Sixers ended up losing the series, the Sixers resigned Dikembe to a new four-year, $68 million contract. The next season, however, was not quite what the Sixers or Mutombo envisioned, as the team fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Boston Celtics. Mutombo was traded the following offseason for Keith Van Horn and the previously mentioned, Todd MacCulloch. Mt. Mutombo would go to play for another seven seasons with the Nets, Knicks, and Rockets, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history.

 

 

11) Alvin Jones (2001-2002) [Luxembourg]

– Stats: 23 games, 1.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.1 WS, .034 WS/48, -4.5 BPM, -0.1 VORP

– Selected with the 56th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft, Alvin Jones came from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he finished with 425 career blocks as a 6’10 center. Similar to Ben Simmons’s background, Jones’ father is American while his mother is Luxembourgian, with Alvin being born in Luxembourg. Jones didn’t play much in his one season in the NBA. In fact, he only logged 133 total minutes in 25 games, while finishing with more fouls (35) than points (26). Jones played the remaining years of his basketball career overseas in Poland, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey. He is still the only player in NBA history from Luxembourg.

 

12) Raja Bell (2001-2002) [Virgin Islands]

– Stats: 79 games, 3.3 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.0 WS, 0.54 WS/48, -3.9 BPM, -0.4 VORP

– It’s a stretch to say that the Virgin Islands are considered “international”, but since those islands aren’t part of the main 50 states, I’m including Raja Bell on this list. Bell was born in Saint Croix before moving to Miami, Florida as a child. He attended Boston University then Florida International University before going undrafted in 1999. Bell signed with the Yakima Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for a season before the Spurs signed him in 2000. He never actually played with the Spurs when the Sixers signed him to a ten-day contract late in the 2001 season. Bell played spot minutes during the regular season, but he played in 15 of the team’s 23 playoff games, providing some huge moments. Bell played a key role in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks when he scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter that rallied the Sixers to an Eastern Conference championship. He had a huge moment in the Sixers’ Game 1 win over the Lakers in the Finals when the Sixers were down 99-94 with just 2:20 left in overtime. The shot clock was running low with Bell holding the ball at the high post guarded by two Lakers. Bell was able to utilize his pivot foot to spin back into the lane for a scoop layup to bring the Sixers to within three points. That layup sparked a 13-2 Sixers run to end the game, giving the Sixers the Game 1 victory. Bell played in 74 games the next season for the Sixers before signing with the Mavericks as a free agent. He later played for the Jazz, Suns, Bobcats, and Warriors. Not a bad career for a guy who started out on a ten-day contract.

 

 

13) Samuel Dalembert (2001-2010) [Haiti]

– Stats: 582 games, 8.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 36.9 WS, .115 WS/48, -0.7 BPM, 5.2 VORP

– “Slammin’ Sammy D” was the Sixers first round choice in the 2001, prior to Alvin Jones’ selection in the second round. It’s fair to say that Dalembert’s NBA career was more successful than Jones’. Dalembert was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti before he moved to Canada at age 14. He later attended St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey before playing collegiately at Seton Hall University. Dalembert was very much seen as a project when the Sixers selected him with the final pick of the first round in 2001, but over time, Sam developed his game enough to become one of the best rim-protectors in the NBA during his tenure in the league, averaging nearly 2 blocks per game. Dalembert was the Sixers starting center for much of the 2000s before being traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2010. He has since played for the Kings, Rockets, Bucks, Mavericks, Knicks, and currently the Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association at age 35. He is by far, the longest tenured Sixers international player with over eight years playing in Philadelphia.

 

14) Efthimios Rentzias (2002-2003) [Greece]

– Stats: 35 games, 1.5 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.2 WS, .058 WS/48, -4.7 BPM, -0.1 VORP

– Rentzias seemed to have the characteristics of the next great international player with how his career began. He began playing professionally at 17 with PAOK Thessaloniki in 1993, winning the Korac Cup championship that season and the Greek Cup championship the next season. He was also named the MVP of the 1995 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, helping Greece win the gold medal, including a 20-point victory over the United States. He was drafted 23rd by the Denver Nuggets in what’s considered one of the best draft in NBA history (1996), but didn’t come to the NBA under 2002 with the Sixers, who had his rights at that time. Rentzias did little to prove he was an NBA player, only playing 144 minutes in 35 games in his lone season in Philly. He was released in the summer of 2003 but at least the man was four of eight from three in his one season! Efthimios only played professional basketball in Europe for another two years before retiring at just 29 years old.

 

 

15) Deng Gai (2005) [Sudan]

– Stats: N/A

– Gai made his way over to the United States from Sudan to attend a post-secondary school in Connecticut before attending Fairfield University. He was a three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, and as a senior, he led the nation in blocks per game with 5.5. Gai signed with the Sixers as a free agent in 2005, but only played in two games for the team before getting released. In those two games, Gai played all of five minutes without recording a single statistic. Not much is known about Gai’s whereabouts in regards to his playing career after being released by the Sixers, but I was able to find this short YouTube of him playing in Poland. Guy has some hops.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7b1tNlrdyg

 

16) Gordan Giricek (2007-2008) [Croatia]

– Stats: 12 games, 3.1 PPG, 1.2 RPG, -0.1 WS, -0.028 WS/48, -6.6 BPM, -0.1 VORP

– Giricek, a native of Zagreb, Croatia, was a shooting guard/small forward combo player who was drafted by the Mavericks with the 40th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, but immediately traded to the Spurs, and then eventually traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. Giricek joined the Grizz in 2002 and was traded to the Magic in the same season, ending the season on the NBA’s All-Rookie second team. Giricek then had the most success of his career when he was traded to the Utah Jazz. He established himself as a good combo wing off the bench with shooting touch and an ability to defend. However, after a falling out with Jerry Sloan, Giricek was traded to Philadelphia in one of the worst trades in Sixers history. The Sixers traded Kyle Korver, a young reliable three-point shooter, for Giricek and a future first round pick that the Sixers didn’t even use. In fact, they traded that pick, along with Calvin Booth, Rodney Carney, and cash to the Timberwolves for a second rounder that never conveyed. Just two months after the trade, the Sixers released Giricek. He played just 12 games with the team. After playing for the Suns for a short time, Giricek returning to Europe to play the remaining days of his career. The Sixers made the deal to acquire more future cap flexibility for the upcoming offseason, which they promptly used on Elton Brand, Royal Ivey, Kareem Rush, and over-the-hill vets Theo Ratliff and Donyell Marshall. Yikes.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHF3lft3RQ

 

17) Primoz Brezec (2009-2010) [Slovenia]

– Stats: 7 games, 0.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, -0.1 WS, -0.1 VORP

– A skilled 7’1 center from Postojna, Slovenia, Primoz Brezec was a first round pick by the Pacers in 2000, before being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft. Brezec was the starting center for the Bobcats beginnings in the NBA, averaging solid numbers and even scoring the first points in franchise history. He had stops in Toronto and Detroit before playing one season with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian League. Apparently the Sixers though enough of Brezec to bring him back to the states in 2009, which he only played seven games for the team until he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in February 2010. After the 2010 season, Brezec stayed overseas for good, playing for multiple teams, including his current team (yes, he still plays) for AEK Larnaca.

 

18) Francisco Elson (2010, 2012) [Netherlands]

– Stats: 6 games, 0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 WS, 0.0 VORP

– Remember that Sixers-Bucks trade involving Primoz Brezec? So the return included in that deal was guard Jodie Meeks and center Francisco Elson. He was already heading towards the end of his career when the Sixers traded for him in 2010, having won a championship as the starting center on the 2007 San Antonio Spurs. Elson didn’t do much in Philly, becoming a free agent and signed with the Jazz. Elson actually returned to the Sixers again on a pair of ten-day contracts in 2012 as Spencer Hawes was recovering from injury. He retired from professional basketball in 2013.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8EcvsbI2Nc

 

19) Andres Nocioni (2010-2012) [Argentina]

– Stats: 65 games, 5.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.7 APG, 1.1 WS, .055 WS/48, -3.6 BPM, -0.4 VORP

– When Samuel Dalembert was traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2010, the Sixers received center Spencer Hawes and the 31 year-old Argentinian Nocioni. Andres had became a professional player by the age of 17 in Argentina, eventually making his way to Spain to play for TAU Ceramica of the ACB Spanish League. There he was named the 2004 Spanish League MVP and in the same year. Nocioni was a key part of the Argentinian national team that defeated the United States team in the Gold Medal game of the Athens Olympics. He signed with the Bulls that summer, playing well for them until he was traded to the Kings in 2009. The Sixers got their hands on Nocioni thinking he would be solid veteran depth off the bench, which he was for a short time, but by the end of the 2010-11 season, he had fallen out of favor. In the 2012 lockout season, Nocioni played just 11 games before being waived in March. He then returned to Spain where he has played ever since, still going strong for Real Madrid at age 36.

 

 

20) Darius Songaila (2010-2011) [Lithuania]

– Stats: 10 games, 1.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 WS, -0.1 VORP

– Songaila had bounced around the NBA with the Kings, Bulls, Wizards, and Hornets starting in 2003, before making his way to Philadelphia in 2010. He was traded for, along with Craig Brackins, from New Orleans for Willie Green and Jason Smith. Songaila was viewed as frontcourt depth at age 32, filling a need before becoming a free agent the following summer. Songaila only played 10 games for the Sixers, averaging a career-low 1.6 PPG. He then signed with powerhouse Galatasary in Turkey in 2011 and played the rest of his career there, Spain, Ukraine, and Lithuania, before retiring in 2015.

 

 

21) Nikola Vucevic (2011-2012) [Montenegro]

– Stats: 51 games, 5.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 1.8 WS, .109 WS/48, -2.1 BPM, 0.0 VORP

– Vucevic was born in Morges, Switzerland, but was primarily raised in Belgium where his father was playing professionally, moving to Montenegro when he was a teenager. Vucevic moved to the United States to play his senior year of high school in California. He then played for three years at USC before the Sixers drafted him with the 16th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Sixers fans didn’t know much about Vucevic and frankly didn’t see that much of him in his lone season in Philadelphia. Vucevic was stuck in Doug Collins’ doghouse for some reason and only played in 51 games the entire season, with Collins giving preference to veteran Tony Battie. Vucevic was then traded to the Orlando Magic as part of the deal that brought Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia. Since then, Vucevic has been putting near All-Star numbers in an expanded role in Orlando while Bynum never played a game for the Sixers.

 

 

22) Alexey Shved (2014) [Russia]

– Stats: 17 games, 9.9 PPG, 2.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.9 WS, .160 WS/48, 0.0 BPM, 0.1 VORP

– In the Thaddeus Young trade, the Sixers acquired guard Alexey Shved from Minnesota. Shved played some minutes for Philly while Michael Carter-Williams was out with a shoulder injury to start the season, but once MCW returned, there wasn’t much need for Shved and he was shipped off to Houston as part of a three team deal that sent Ronny Turiaf, Sergei Lishouk, and a second round pick (later JP Tokoto) to Philadelphia. By the end of the 2014-2015, Shved returned back home to Russia and is currently playing for BC Khimki in Moscow.

 

 

23) Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (2014-2015) [Cameroon]

– Stats: 67 games, 9.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 WS, .027 WS/48, -3.2 BPM, -0.6 VORP

– Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, LRMAM made his way to Montverde Academy in Florida before playing collegiately at UCLA. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted him in the second round in 2008, playing there until 2013, then traded to the Kings and then the Timberwolves. Like Alexey Shved, Luc was part of the Thaddeus Young trade with Minnesota. In his one season in Philadelphia, Mbah a Moute served as the veteran presence on the team as well as a personal mentor to fellow Cameroonian, rookie Joel Embiid. While Luc’s offensive numbers were nothing to behold, his solid defense along with Nerlens Noel’s helped the Sixers finish 13th in defensive rating in his lone season in Philadelphia. The Sixers let Luc walk in free agency where he eventually signed with the LA Clippers, where he still is today.

 

 

24) Furkan Aldemir (2014-2015) [Turkey]

– Stats: 41 games, 2.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.4 WS, .122 WS/48, -0.7 BPM, 0.2 VORP

– Back in July of 2013, one of Sam Hinkie’s first moves was to trade “future draft considerations” to the Houston Rockets for Royce White and the rights to Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir. Aldemir was playing with Galatasary Liv Hospital in Turkey with no real indications that he would sign with the 76ers anytime soon, but in November of 2014, Aldemir and Philadelphia began talks about coming over to the US. Apparently Aldemir’s former club had not paid him in over three months, thereby sparking his desire to join the Sixers. He signed with the team on December 15, 2015, and played some minutes for the rest of the season as he transitioned to life in the NBA. Furkan soon became a fan favorite for his ability to rebound and basically do nothing else. He ending playing in 41 games, averaging 1.9 offensive rebounds per game. To the dismay of many fans, Aldemir was cut prior to the start of the 2015-2016 season. He opted to return to Turkey and is currently playing for Darüşşafaka S.K.

 

 

25) Nik Stauskas (2015-current) [Canada]

– Stats: 73 games, 8.5 PPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 WS, .012 WS/48, -3.6 BPM, -0.7 VORP

– In what was almost seen as his Final Act, Sam Hinkie made a deal with the Sacramento Kings where by taking on the contracts of Jason Thompson and Carl Landry, the Sixers received two pick swaps, an unprotected first round pick, and second-year shooting guard Nik Stauskas. The native of Mississauga, Ontario struggled his rookie season with the dysfunctional Kings, so Sixers fans viewed it that if “Sauce Castillo” could rebound from a poor rookie season, it would be icing on the cake in one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. Stauskas struggled once again in his second season, failing to capture the playmaking ability he possessed at Michigan University. With added depth on the Sixers roster, Stauskas will have to prove himself in training camp and the preseason to see if he is a player worth keeping. He is currently on the bubble for making the roster in 2016.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKYS4fzlsus

 

These players were brought in various ways and differing circumstances. Some were first round draft picks (Rautins, Bradley, Welp, Vucevic, & Dalembert), some were traded for (Mutombo, Nocioni, Bol, Stauskas, Songaila, & Shved), and some were off the scrapheap (Gai, Jones, Abdelnaby, Bradtke, & Bell). While some found success in Philadelphia (Kukoc, Bell, Mutombo, & McCulloch), only Samuel Dalembert had long-lasting impact while the vast majority were either non-existent or complete flops. So while the Sixers have had trouble finding long-term pieces in the international market, there is certainly hope that Simmons, Embiid, Saric, Luwawu, and Furkan Korkmaz (remains overseas) will provide that value for the Sixers over the long haul. But at least for the 2016-2017 season, the Sixers have their own #InternationalTakeover, with the addition of players from Croatia, France, Spain, Cameroon, and Australia.

 

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