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
1,130 340
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria

2
1,361 450
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany

3
821 433
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England

4
928 448
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

5
730 409
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

6
727 445
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

7
483 186
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Democratic Republic of the Congo

8
527 264
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica

9
556 269
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China

10
453 283
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

11
444 221
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

12
438 221
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia

13
375 219
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

14
374 218
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian

15
382 160
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

16
579 67
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece

17
309 221
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic

18
300 257
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo

19
309 217
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia

20
294 286
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

21
211 151
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany

22
244 215
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

23
214 234
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom

24
189 204
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

25
201 211
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia

26
195 215
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil

27
179 207
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

28
279 41
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis Latvia

29
220 84
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Canada

30
195 183
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

31
176 43
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zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

32
168 98
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Sudan

33
140 192
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Poland

34
166 124
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

35
143 188
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

36
145 157
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Switzerland

37
160 119
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Lithuania

38
177 142
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

39
130 53
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added New Zealand

40
152 101
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Australia

41
158 151
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

42
131 154
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

43
154 195
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

44
144 145
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45
148 98
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

46
97 94
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Netherlands

47
87 82
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Lithuania

48
97 117
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Turkey

49
107 100
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Canada

50
114 170
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time