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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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739 226
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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2
957 344
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Germany

3
593 302
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada, England

4
532 165
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Tim Duncan United States of America

5
638 319
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Italy, Argentina

6
533 287
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

7
553 316
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker France

8
294 121
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

9
350 186
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

10
365 194
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Yao Ming China

11
320 159
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Dražen Petrović Sibenik

12
356 212
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Spain

13
318 169
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Peja Stojaković Serbia, Greece

14
274 109
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

15
309 45
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece

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277 163
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Toni Kukoč Croatia

17
278 166
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

18
230 194
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Congo, Spain

19
209 168
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Al Horford Dominican Republic

20
221 166
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Slovenia

21
150 98
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Detlef Schrempf German - Germany

22
229 236
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio Spain

23
184 168
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

24
171 184
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng United Kingdom

25
139 23
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis

26
155 53
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

27
168 146
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

28
147 158
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

29
163 135
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luis Scola Argentina, Spain

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144 160
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

31
150 167
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

32
134 86
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
107 64
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Manute Bol Sudan - Sudan

34
92 22
Nikola Jokić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

35
148 113
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

36
125 90
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

37
122 119
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland, Montenegro

38
119 149
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

39
107 72
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

40
119 147
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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139 149
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

42
95 66
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

43
118 116
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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64 51
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

45
109 119
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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73 65
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Rik Smits United States of America - Netherlands

47
118 121
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

48
60 36
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
79 66
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
54 37
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Dino Rađa Croatia