Since the late '80s, the NBA has imported the best players from across the globe to play basketball in America. Some of the best players in the world are from abroad. Below you'll find Spanish NBA players, Russian NBA players, British NBA players, and French players in the NBA.
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. Vote up your favorite famous foreign basketball players below.
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- wiabux addedChicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls
- earlthegoose addedHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors
- NikosPanou addedMilwaukee Bucks
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
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- Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers
- San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets
- San Antonio Spurs
- earlthegoose addedNew York Knicks, Orlando Magic
- zepolian1 addedDenver Nuggets
- kartivim2 addedDallas Mavericks
- ALPHAGAMING addedBrooklyn Nets
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Nationality: Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns
Nationality: Canada, England
Birthplace: South Africa
- wiabux addedHouston Rockets, Houston Rockets
- wiabux addedDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers
- Los Angeles Lakers
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- jmzuluaga0 addedPhiladelphia 76ers
Birthplace: Yaoundé, Cameroon
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- LaSagnaBall addedPhiladelphia 76ers
Nationality: Dominican Republic
Birthplace: Dominican Republic