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List Rules Vote up the greatest Africa-born players ever to play in the NBA

Our list of African NBA players includes a group of famous names including Dikembe Mutombo, Serge Ibaka, Luc Mbah a Moute, and yes, even Steve Nash (he was born a UK citizen in South Africa). Some of these players are the best blockers in the NBA, while others are part of a select list of impact players off the bench. Each of the players on this list were born in Africa and went on to play basketball in the NBA.

Now it's your turn to vote on who are the best African NBA players. Vote below and if we left anyone off the list, feel free to add them so that other basketball fans and Rankers can vote on your addition.
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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Lagos, Nigeria

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2
363 77
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Dikembe Mutombo Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

3
404 96
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Gauteng, Johannesburg, Africa

4
265 84
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Brazzaville, Congo

5
173 55
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
swag1234 added Andre Iguodala Springfield, Illinois, United States of America - Nigerian American

6
143 39
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
CodyMakuch added Manute Bol Turalei, Sudan

7
208 87
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng Wau, South Sudan

8
56 6
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
JoelEmbiid added Joel Embiid Yaoundé, Cameroon

9
157 76
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Bismack Biyombo Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

10
133 78
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum Lisieux, France

11
104 57
Al-Farouq Aminu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Al-Farouq Aminu Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

12
118 73
Festus Ezeli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Festus Ezeli Benin City, Nigeria

13
86 58
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Luc Mbah a Moute Yaoundé, Cameroon

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37 16
Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Monojussi added Thon Maker Wau, Sudan

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84 64
Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Emeka Okafor Houston, Texas, USA

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65 64
Hasheem Thabeet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Hasheem Thabeet Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

17
47 45
DeSagana Diop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
DeSagana Diop Dakar, Senegal

18
52 51
Ekpe Udoh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Ekpe Udoh Edmond, Oklahoma, United States of America

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54 54
Christian Eyenga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Christian Eyenga Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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42 43
Pape Sow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Pape Sow Dakar, Senegal

21
53 56
D. J. Mbenga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
D. J. Mbenga Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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38 42
Solomon Alabi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Solomon Alabi Kaduna, Nigeria

23
44 53
Kelenna Azubuike is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Kelenna Azubuike London, United Kingdom

24
35 44
Boniface N'Dong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Boniface N'Dong M'Bour, Senegal

25
32 41
Mouhamed Sene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Mouhamed Sene Thiès, Senegal

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29 44
Rawle Marshall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Rawle Marshall Georgetown, Guyana

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28 43
Cheick Samb is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Cheick Samb Dakar, Senegal

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30 47
Gani Lawal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Gani Lawal College Park, Georgia, United States of America

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26 47
Ndudi Ebi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Ndudi Ebi London, United Kingdom