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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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1,054 377
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Germany

2
820 260
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Hakeem Olajuwon Nigeria

3
643 335
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada, England

4
582 309
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

5
704 347
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Italy, Argentina

6
594 343
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker France

7
609 187
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

8
384 206
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Patrick Ewing United States of America

9
322 142
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Dikembe Mutombo Democratic Republic of the Congo, United States of America

10
404 215
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Yao Ming China

11
377 229
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Spain

12
353 182
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Peja Stojaković Serbia, Greece

13
351 179
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Dražen Petrović Sibenik

14
303 176
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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306 120
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

16
303 176
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

17
242 209
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Congo, Spain

18
371 50
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece

19
223 183
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Al Horford Dominican Republic

20
244 182
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Slovenia

21
237 251
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio Spain

The Best NBA Buys for the Money

22
165 111
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Detlef Schrempf German - Germany

23
179 195
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng United Kingdom

24
200 179
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

25
173 162
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

26
153 171
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

27
153 168
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

28
158 177
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

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170 145
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luis Scola Argentina, Spain

30
165 61
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

31
166 30
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis

32
142 93
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Lithuania, United States of America

33
124 161
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

34
118 74
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Manute Bol Sudan - Sudan

35
128 128
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland, Montenegro

The Hottest Male Swimmers

36
123 158
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

37
135 98
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

38
152 122
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

39
145 159
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

40
109 30
Nikola Jokić is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

41
115 79
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

42
111 130
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

The Best Army Black Knights Quarterbacks of All Time

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120 125
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

44
124 129
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

45
71 60
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

46
109 73
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

47
78 74
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

48
70 42
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
85 74
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Tristan Thompson Canada - Canada

50
59 47
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Dino Rađa Croatia