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List Rules Only professional NBA basketball players who were not born in the US

Since the late '80s, the NBA has imported the best players from across the globe to play basketball in America. Initially these players made little impact on the game, but over time, some of the best players in the world are from abroad. Many European players have flourished in the NBA, with Dirk Nowitzki being the most prominent. Winning the league's MVP award in 2007, Nowitzki led the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA championship over the favored Miami Heat. The German forward is easily the most recognizable name to come from Europe, but he's certainly not the only star. Nowitzki's former teammate Steve Nash is another former MVP (in fact a two-time winner) who is from abroad. Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Nash has been dazzling NBA arenas for nearly two decades.

Both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have been a vital cogs in the San Antonio Spurs system since joining the team. The France-born Parker has established himself as one of the best point guards in the game, while the Argentinian-born Ginobili is an integral player off the bench on a team that has won three championships since the duo has been in San Antonio.

While a lot of the players on this list aren't household names outside of the NBA community, they are the best current and former international players in the league. This is your chance to pick who is the best foreign NBA player of all time. 

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919 324
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Germany

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2
706 211
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Hakeem Olajuwon Nigeria

3
495 150
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Tim Duncan United States of America

4
568 286
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada, England

5
614 299
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Italy, Argentina

6
509 270
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

7
532 301
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker France

8
275 112
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Dikembe Mutombo Democratic Republic of the Congo, United States of America

9
336 177
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Patrick Ewing United States of America

10
352 184
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Yao Ming China

11
343 203
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Spain

12
302 150
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Dražen Petrović Sibenik

13
301 162
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Peja Stojaković Greece, Serbia

14
258 104
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

15
265 155
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Toni Kukoč Croatia

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262 159
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

17
260 42
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece

18
225 184
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Congo, Spain

19
202 162
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Al Horford Dominican Republic

20
208 159
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Slovenia

21
144 93
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Detlef Schrempf German - Germany

22
224 226
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio Spain

23
168 173
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng United Kingdom

24
176 161
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

25
161 136
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

26
140 46
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

27
140 152
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

28
110 19
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis

29
140 156
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

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146 163
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

31
159 131
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luis Scola Argentina, Spain

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127 83
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Žydrūnas Ilgauskas United States of America, Lithuania

33
142 109
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

34
120 86
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

35
115 114
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland, Montenegro

36
113 144
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

37
75 18
Nikola Jokić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

38
115 144
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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100 71
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

40
135 144
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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98 62
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Manute Bol Sudan - Sudan

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115 112
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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106 117
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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115 118
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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84 64
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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76 62
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Tristan Thompson Canada - Canada

47
59 49
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

48
52 35
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added Steven Adams New Zealand

49
70 63
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Rik Smits United States of America - Netherlands

50
103 130
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time