NBA The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time  

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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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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Hakeem Olajuwon Nigeria

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Germany

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada

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Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Italy, Argentina

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker Belgium

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Tim Duncan United States of America

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Toni Kukoč Croatia

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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

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

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

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

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

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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio Spain

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Detlef Schrempf German - Germany

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

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231 210
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

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Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

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Nenê is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

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Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis

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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

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

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Nikola Jokić is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Manute Bol Sudan - Sudan

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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Lithuania, United States of America

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Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

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José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland, Montenegro

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153 114
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added Steven Adams New Zealand

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Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

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Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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

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Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Rik Smits United States of America - Netherlands

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Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

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Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Tristan Thompson Canada - Canada

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Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Mehmet Okur Turkey