Basketball 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. 

list ordered by
1
1,873 605
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany
2
1,595 478
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria
3
1,101 575
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England
4
1,249 579
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina
5
921 527
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain
6
906 558
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Belgium
7
765 332
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica
8
678 263
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
772 352
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China
10
599 377
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain
11
618 314
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia
12
603 298
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia
13
498 305
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia
14
1,027 98
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece
15
483 311
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian
16
539 240
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania
17
415 277
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic
18
390 327
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo
19
392 284
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia
20
386 371
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain
21
288 206
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany
22
320 275
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
23
264 313
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom
24
260 278
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil
25
259 290
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia