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
1,520 494
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany

2
1,278 382
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria

3
912 470
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England

4
1,017 493
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

5
791 451
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

6
782 482
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Belgium

7
548 217
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Democratic Republic of the Congo

8
596 291
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica

9
620 298
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China

10
502 315
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

11
500 254
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

12
485 248
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia

13
408 245
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

14
406 253
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian

15
425 193
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

16
705 79
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece

17
348 238
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic

18
330 280
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo

19
342 239
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia

20
323 316
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

21
232 177
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany

22
232 262
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom

23
263 243
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

24
202 229
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

25
222 240
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia

26
215 243
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil

27
328 51
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis Latvia

28
187 234
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

29
210 209
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

30
239 109
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Canada

31
225 55
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zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

32
190 113
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Sudan

33
185 146
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

34
149 221
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Poland

35
154 213
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

36
162 177
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Switzerland

37
183 131
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Lithuania

38
164 65
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added New Zealand

39
191 160
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

40
167 115
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Australia

41
176 168
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

42
140 169
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

43
177 116
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

44
157 155
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45
160 214
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

46
101 94
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Lithuania

47
109 109
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Netherlands

48
113 134
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Turkey

49
121 114
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Canada

50
120 185
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time