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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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891 273
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Hakeem Olajuwon Nigeria

2
1,123 394
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Germany

3
689 349
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada, England

4
743 375
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Italy, Argentina

5
616 339
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

6
624 371
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker France

7
671 196
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Tim Duncan United States of America

8
356 149
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
417 219
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
437 229
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Yao Ming China

11
393 242
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Spain

12
369 192
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Peja Stojaković Serbia, Greece

13
369 189
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Dražen Petrović Sibenik

14
324 186
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Toni Kukoč Croatia

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

15
322 131
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

16
316 189
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

17
428 50
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece

18
258 218
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Congo, Spain

19
236 195
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Al Horford Dominican Republic

20
258 191
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Slovenia

21
249 258
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio Spain

The Best Athletes of All Time

22
175 120
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Detlef Schrempf German - Germany

23
186 205
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng United Kingdom

24
206 193
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

25
180 175
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

26
161 182
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

27
161 179
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

28
171 189
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

The Best NBA Player Nicknames

29
202 31
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis

30
185 66
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

31
178 158
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luis Scola Argentina, Spain

32
147 102
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
130 170
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

34
130 83
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Manute Bol Sudan - Sudan

35
128 165
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
133 138
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland, Montenegro

37
161 128
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

38
139 105
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

39
122 35
Nikola Jokić is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

40
146 168
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

41
123 83
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

42
116 135
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

The Top Current NBA Players

43
135 134
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

44
120 78
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

45
126 130
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

46
73 66
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

47
82 79
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Rik Smits United States of America - Netherlands

48
82 46
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
89 80
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
76 99
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Mehmet Okur Turkey