A decade ago, most of the world’s best players were born and raised in Canada.
Today, many of the top athletes are still born in the U.S., but the number of players from other countries has grown rapidly.
As of 2016, Canada had the highest percentage of players born abroad, according to the International Basketball Federation.
The top Canadian players on the U, M, and D teams are from the U-19, U-18 and U-17 levels.
Here are some of the players from each level who have earned national attention.
Kyle Korver, Kentucky Wildcats: Korver is the most popular NBA draft pick of all time and the second-highest-paid player in the NBA.
He was drafted in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks in 2005, and he became the franchise’s most valuable player in 2009.
His game is similar to that of NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
He has played in five All-Star games and five NBA Finals, but he was never a true star.
He only has two years of NBA experience, but his talent has translated to the NBA, and now he is one of the best players in the game.
Korver will be 32 next season, and the NBA is not a place where he can be content.
Korve is the perfect guy for the future, as he is the first player to be selected in the top 10 of the draft since Shaquille O’Neal in 2008.
Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics: He is the only NBA player with a championship ring.
The 2016 MVP is one the best in the world, and is one who is constantly being compared to superstars such as Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry.
He is a perfect fit for the NBA and he will be 30 in 2021.
He will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves: Wiggins, who turns 29 in March, is a young, dynamic player with NBA-level skills.
He won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers and has been a big reason the Timberwolves were one of several teams to land him.
He plays a similar style of basketball to Irving, and Wiggins will be 28 in 2021, and his game will be more refined than Irving’s.
He could also be an NBA player one day.
Kristaps Porzingis, Atlanta Hawks: Porzingus has been the best point guard in the league for years and is a key part of the Hawks’ championship run.
His style of play has helped the Hawks to a deep playoff run in the past few years.
He might not have the star power of Irving, but Porzinges has a good reputation for being a hard worker and a winner.
D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Clippers: Russell is one-third of the league’s top three point guards.
He leads the league in assists, steals and defensive rebounds.
He had seven seasons of at least 100 points and three All-NBA teams.
He played in seven All-Stars games last season and is another example of how players from the outside can have success in the pros.
John Wall, Washington Wizards: Wall is the best player in Washington, and it is the reason why he won two MVP awards.
He led the Wizards to the conference finals in 2016 and the Eastern Conference finals in 2017.
He averaged 21.3 points and 7.1 assists last season, which is the highest average since 2011.
Wall also had two seasons of 10 or more rebounds per game, and there are a lot of questions about his durability, but Washington will be in good shape heading into 2021.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Vikings: He has been so good for so long that the Minnesota Timberwolves have a long history of having superstars who were born in another country.
Towns is one such example.
He grew up in Switzerland and now plays for the Timberwolves in the American Basketball League.
Towns averaged 22.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per year in his four seasons with the Vikings.
He may not be the most explosive player in NBA history, but it is a huge advantage to be able to play for the same team.
Anthony Bennett, New Orleans Pelicans: He played his college basketball in New Zealand before being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 2016 NBA draft.
He signed with the Pelicans in 2017 and is the second youngest player in New Orleans history to play in the playoffs.
Bennett is the third-best player in Pelicans history.
He finished with 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per season in his first season with the team.
Anthony Davis, Philadelphia 76ers: Davis, who grew up playing for the New York Knicks, will be a free agency restricted free agent next summer.
Davis, 23, played in three All’s titles for the 76ers and won MVP in 2018