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
1,369 412
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria

2
1,619 531
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany

3
959 495
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England

4
1,072 521
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

5
828 473
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

6
823 498
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Belgium

7
648 302
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica

8
589 230
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
664 314
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China

10
542 271
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

11
531 330
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spanish

12
528 260
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia

13
431 263
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

14
430 271
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian

15
786 85
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece

16
461 207
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

17
366 251
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic

18
347 293
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo

19
359 249
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia

20
339 335
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

21
247 185
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany

22
279 251
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

23
241 279
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom

24
233 251
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia

25
209 239
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France