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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1,015 303
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Hakeem Olajuwon Nigeria

2
1,242 419
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Germany

3
755 388
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash Canada, England

4
822 413
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Manu Ginóbili Italy, Argentina

5
670 372
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Spain

6
676 406
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker France

7
767 224
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
418 166
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
466 245
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
497 254
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Yao Ming China

11
421 265
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Spain

12
406 205
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Dražen Petrović Sibenik

13
405 204
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
348 202
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
342 203
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Serbian

16
356 144
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Arvydas Sabonis Lithuania

17
495 60
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece

18
280 238
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Congo, Spain

19
272 209
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Al Horford Dominican Republic

20
289 202
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Slovenia

21
273 273
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

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194 137
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
199 221
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng United Kingdom

24
225 208
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

25
191 195
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Andrew Bogut Australia

26
175 192
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw France

27
183 203
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nenê Brazil

28
170 195
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum France

The Best NBA Player Nicknames

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242 36
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis

30
204 73
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Andrew Wiggins Canada

31
184 174
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Luis Scola Argentina, Spain

32
159 114
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
151 38
Nikola Jokić is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

34
152 90
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
136 182
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Poland

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
133 178
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

37
138 149
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Vucevic Switzerland, Montenegro

38
151 113
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valunciunas Lithuania

39
170 136
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

40
136 93
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Patty Mills Australia

41
105 50
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added Steven Adams New Zealand

42
124 144
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

The Top Current NBA Players

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145 141
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

44
148 185
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

45
135 138
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

46
127 89
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

47
88 88
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
80 76
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Lithuania

49
100 90
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
82 111
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Mehmet Okur Turkey