Basketball 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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1
1,544 460
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria
2
1,815 588
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany
3
1,066 562
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England
4
1,215 563
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina
5
888 517
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain
6
883 542
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Belgium
7
735 325
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica
8
655 256
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Democratic Republic of the Congo
9
747 344
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China
10
577 367
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain
11
596 310
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia
12
585 291
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia
13
481 299
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia
14
969 96
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece
15
467 305
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian
16
519 235
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania
17
403 272
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic
18
377 320
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo
19
385 278
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia
20
376 360
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain
21
272 202
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany
22
308 272
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
23
257 306
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom
24
248 272
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil
25
253 281
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia