Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 Rankings
Ranking the best NBA Latino Players of 2023 such as Brook Lopez, Al Horford, and more as Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way
By admin | August 31, 2023
The evolution of basketball continues to transcend as one of the most popular sports in the United States but one that continues to grow internationally. As basketball continues an upward trend in popularity, the talent level continues to grow with it as well while talented NBA players are entering the league from all around the world. This includes a solid list of NBA Latino basketball players opening the door up for future generations. Headlining the list of the Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 rankings list is the Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.
The former Kentucky Wildcats star and current NBA All-Star, Towns has put together a strong NBA career. This includes a solid 2022-23 NBA season averaging 20.8 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. While Towns is just one of the short list of Latino players in the NBA, a few of the other Latino basketball players have put together strong seasons during the 2022-23 NBA Season as well as over their career.
The list of the top Latino NBA players include veteran center Al Horford who is currently with the Boston Celtics, shooting guard Chris Duarte of the Sacramento Kings, center Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks and 2023 NBA first round pick Jaime Jaquez Jr of the Miami Heat. Here is a look at the Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 Rankings list.
Team: Free Agent
Just missing the Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 Rankings list is the current NBA free agent Luca Vildoza. The Argentine professional basketball player who has spent time both with the Spani League as well as with the Milwaukee Bucks since going undrafted during the 2017 NBA Draft.
While Vildoza has not seen the floor in the NBA since 2022, his production with Crvena Zvezda during the 2022-23 season while averaging 12.2 points per game and 3.9 assists could land him an opportunity in the NBA during the 2023-24 NBA Season.
During his time with the Bucks, Vildoza appeared in seven playoff games. During his international career, Vildoza has won a Spanish League Finals MVP Award to go along with multiple league championships.
Top 10 NBA Latino Players
10. Justin Minaya
Team: Free Agent
Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 Rankings list is the former Providence Friars and South Carolina Gamecocks forward Justin Minaya.
Minaya, who averaged 7.3 points per game over his college career also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, failed to get drafted during the 2022 NBA Draft. However, Minaya found a way into the NBA G League before signing a 10 day contract with the Portland Trail Blazers late in the season.
While it is undetermined where Minaya will land during the 2023-24 NBA Season, he is one Latino basketball player to keep an eye on.
9. Raul Neto
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Position: Point Guard
Another talented Latino basketball player who has built a solid NBA career is Raul Neto. The former second round pick of the Atlanta Hawks back during the 2013 NBA Draft.
Neto who was later dealt to the Utah Jazz made his eventual way to the NBA during the 2015-16 NBA Season has spent time with the Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, and last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Over his career Neto has averaged 5.7 points per game to go along with 15. Rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while playing a reserve point guard spot for the teams he has appeared on.
8. Juan Toscano-Anderson
Team: Free Agent
Position: Small Forward
After failing to be drafted during the 2015 NBA Draft, Juan Toscano-Anderson bounced around before joining the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League prior to the start of the 2019-20 season.
A move that paid off as Toscano-Anderson would land with the Golden State Warriors spending the next two full seasons with the team including winning one NBA Championship.
After splitting time with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz last season, Toscano-Anderson is an NBA free agent who should land a job during the upcoming season. Over his career the Mexican American basketball player has averaged 4.3 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
7. Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Team: Dallas Mavericks
One 2023 NBA rookie and Latino basketball player to keep an eye on who has the potential to be a great player is the former Marquette Golden Eagles forward Olivier-Maxence Prosper. Prosper, whose father is from Haiti, spent his life in Canada before joining the Lake Forest Academy in Illinois to develop his basketball game.
After averaging 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season, the Golden Eagles star would be selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 24th overall pick before being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks. Prosper is an athletic forward who can run the floor and play solid defense.
6. Jose Alvarado
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Position: Point Guard
The Puerto Rican basketball player who grew up in Brooklyn, New York was an undrafted rookie free agent after failing to be drafted during the 2021 NBA Draft.
Despite going undrafted, Alvardo landed a two way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans while splitting time with their G-League affiliate the Birmingham Squadron. After arriving full time with the Pelicans, Alvarado finished his rookie season appearing in 54 games while averaging 6.1 points per game with 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
The Pelicans point guard increased his overall production last season while seeing his minutes increase to 21.5 per game and his points per game increase to nine points per game. The future looks promising for 25 year old point guard as he continues to develop into every game guard.
5. Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Team: Miami Heat
Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 Rankings list is the Miami Heat’s first round pick from the 2023 NBA Draft Jaime Jaquez Jr. Jaquez Jr. enters the NBA after putting together a strong college career for the UCLA Bruins.
During his tenure with the Bruins, Jaquez Jr took home the Pac-12 Player of the Year Award, the Lute Olson Award while also being selected as a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in back to back seasons. Jaquez Jr finishes his college career averaging 17.8 points per game to go along with 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
The talented Bruins star has solid size and athleticism while also being able to shoot, attack the rim, and play solid defense. With his NBA career just starting expect to see Jaquez Jr name on the best NBA Latino players list for years to come.
4. Al Horford
Team: Boston Celtics
Over his career, Al Horford has built a strong resume while earning respect as one of the best Latino basketball players of all time. Horford who was the 3rd overall pick during the 2007 NBA Draft has spent time with the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
The former Florida Gators basketball player has been named to five NBA All-Star teams while averaging 13.4 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. As Horford looks to take home his first NBA Championship, the longtime NBA center continues to be a strong contributor for the Celtics.
Horford’s best season came back during the 2013-14 NBA season in which he finished averaging 17.4 points per game and 10.2 rebounds.
3. Chris Duarte
Team: Sacramento Kings
Position: Shooting Guard
Slowly moving up the list is the current Sacramento Kings shooting guard Chris Duarte. Durate, who spent his first two NBA seasons with the Indiana Pacers was traded during the NBA off-season to the Kings.
After a strong rookie season averaging 13.1 points per game and 4.1 rebounds, Durate found his playing time diminished with the influx of young talent on the Indiana Pacers roster during the 2022-23 NBA Season.
Despite the drop in production to 7.9 points per game and 2.5 rebounds, Duarte continued to shoot over 30 percent from behind the three point line and 36 percent from the field. As the 2023-24 NBA Season approaches, look for Duarte to rebound with a strong season.
2. Brook Lopez
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Entering the upcoming 2023-24 NBA schedule, the 35 year old Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez continues to rank among the best centers in the NBA. Lopez, who was a member of the same Bucks team that won the NBA Championship just a few seasons ago is a strong leader of the team.
Lopez, who was a former first round pick back during the 2008 NBA Draft, has averaged 16.4 points per game over his career to go along with 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and nearly two blocked shots per game (1.8). The Bucks big man is entering the upcoming basketball season coming off averaging 15.9 points per game and 6.7 rebounds.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Landing at the top of the Top 10 NBA Latino Players 2023 Rankings list is the Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns, who also ranks among the best big men in the NBA, was the former first overall pick back during the 2015 NBA Draft.
Since arriving, the Dominican Republic national basketball team member has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and has been named to three NBA All-Star teams.
Entering the upcoming NBA season, Towns will look to bounce back to a double-double performer, a feat he accomplished in six straight seasons to start his NBA career. Towns finished last season averaging 20.8 points per game to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
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