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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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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added New Zealand
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Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom
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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Canada
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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
jmzuluaga0 added Cameroon
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Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia
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Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Australia
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Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France
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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
ALPHAGAMING added Australia
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Nenê is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil
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Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Lithuania
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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania
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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
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Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Lithuania
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Luka Doncic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
MatthijsSchut added Luka Doncic
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LaSagnaBall added Ben Simmons Australia
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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Switzerland
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Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France
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Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina
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Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Netherlands
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Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Turkey
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Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
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Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Canada
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Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Croatia