The San Antonio Spurs are undoubtedly one of the most historically international organizations in the NBA, especially since Head Coach Gregg Popovich took the helm. And that's why it isn't tough to understand why Carmelo Anthony named three former Spurs to his all-time international dream team.
San Antonio was one of the first teams to take notice of overseas prospects, something several franchises have copied over the last few decades. However, when you think of global talent, two Spurs legends deserve to be at the top. And while another international superstar didn't have the best years of his career in Silver and Black, he is one of the best big men to ever play the game.
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Pau Gasol are the former Spurs that Carmelo Anthony selected for his international dream team, three players he competed against for decades in the NBA and across countless FIBA competitions. That trio joined a stacked multinational lineup rounded out by modern megastars Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Considering all three were part of their national team’s golden generation and foundational pieces on multiple NBA championship teams, it’s difficult to disagree with Carmelo Anthony, who rightfully gave these retired Spurs legends the place they deserve at the pinnacle of international basketball history.