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Dion Dowell - SF, 6'7, 205
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
       Date of birth: 06/11/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2008
     Out of: Houston
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:

   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 18

- Dion Dowell

Dowell is signed in Israel, putting up numbers quite impressively similar to those of his senior season in college. He's playing for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa - a team that really needs to settle upon one name only - and is averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.

There are two types of players in Israel; Israelis and Americans. That's it. Despite Israel being kind of in Europe, there are only a handful of non-Israeli European players in the league. And by "a handful," I mean "two." The breakdown of the nationalities of players on Israeli league rosters, according to Eurobasket.com, goes like this;

- 60 thoroughbred Israelis

- 50 thoroughbred Americans

- 7 Americans with dual Israeli citizenship (Chris Watson, Jason Thomas, Jeron Roberts, Shawn Weinstein, David Bluthenthal, Derrick Sharp, and ex-NBA player Cory Carr)

- 1 Australian (Julian Khazzouh)

- 1 player born in Belarus, but who has lived in Israel since childhood, goes by an Israeli name, and who holds a dual Israeli passport (Vladimir Yiermish/Vladi Ermichin)

- 1 Welshman who has played in Israeli since he was a teenager and who holds an Israeli passport (Tal Michael Dunne)

- 1 Englishman/Nigerian (Ugonna Onyekwe)

- 1 dual American/Panamanian citizen (Danilo Pinnock)

- 1 dual American/Puerto Rican citizen (Jesse Pellot-Rosa)

- 1 Israeli with a Polish passport (Yaniv Green; plays for the Israeli national team)

- 1 Gabonian (Stephane Lasme)

- 1 hybrid who was born in Sarajevo to Serbian and Bosnian parents, whose family fled to Israel during the war, and who then moved to America, but who considers himself Israeli (Robert Rothbart; read his quite amazing story here)

- ......and 1 thoroughbred Serbian (Sasa Bratic)

I don't know if it's all just a big coincidence, politically motivated, or because of some instilled belief that American players bring a level of flair that other countries can't match (a belief which does exist in portions of the continent). But whatever it is, it's a pretty jarring conclusion. 123 of the 126 players in the Israeli league hold either an American or an Israeli passport. If it's diversity they want, it's diversity they did not get.

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