Graduation Year

Spring 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Richard C. K. Burdekin

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Each year the NBA draft helps determines the future success of the NBA team and during the 1990’s to 2000’s international players were being drafted at a high rate. Why was this happening and were international players more successful than domestic players throughout their careers? Through my study I wanted to examine what determines success for NBA players and whether certain statistical or award performances affects their career. Furthermore I wanted to see the effects that international players had on team attendance throughout their NBA career. Ultimately I wanted to see how NBA coaches, executives, and fans value international players. This study aims to provide insight regarding international players and their success in the NBA.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.