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

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805 426
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada, England

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911 441
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Argentina

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720 401
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

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717 439
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker France

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470 180
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Dikembe Mutombo Democratic Republic of the Congo

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511 262
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Patrick Ewing Jamaica

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543 264
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Yao Ming China

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447 278
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Spain

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435 216
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Dražen Petrović Croatia

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431 215
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Peja Stojaković Serbia

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369 214
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Toni Kukoč Croatia

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368 212
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

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378 155
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

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561 66
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece

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301 219
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Al Horford Dominican Republic

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293 253
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Congo

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304 214
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Slovenia

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286 284
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio Spain

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205 145
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Detlef Schrempf Germany

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210 231
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng United Kingdom

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237 213
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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184 199
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

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197 205
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

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189 210
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

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176 203
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

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270 40
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis Latvia

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213 80
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

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190 181
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luis Scola Argentina

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zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

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163 120
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Lithuania

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137 188
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

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161 95
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Manute Bol Sudan

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140 183
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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142 155
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland

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157 117
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

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175 139
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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124 52
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added Steven Adams New Zealand

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145 99
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

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155 148
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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153 192
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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127 150
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Rik Smits Netherlands

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85 80
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

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93 115
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Mehmet Okur Turkey

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105 96
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Tristan Thompson Canada

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112 167
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time