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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1
1,489 450
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria

2
1,754 574
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany

3
1,026 543
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England

4
1,179 546
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

5
862 500
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

6
859 526
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Belgium

7
695 318
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica

8
625 247
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
711 335
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China

10
559 351
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

11
574 294
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

12
559 280
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia

13
459 283
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

14
899 93
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece

15
452 291
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian

16
498 223
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

17
388 261
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic

18
362 311
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo

19
378 265
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia

20
361 349
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

21
259 197
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany

22
299 263
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

23
248 293
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom

24
239 261
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil

25
215 249
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France