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
1,214 362
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Nigeria

2
1,453 477
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Germany

3
869 455
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Canada, England

4
978 474
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

5
762 433
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

6
758 467
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Belgium

7
516 208
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
568 280
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
earlthegoose added Jamaica

9
583 289
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added China

10
476 238
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

11
479 301
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

12
464 236
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Serbia

13
392 231
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Croatia

14
388 240
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Serbian

15
408 177
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

16
641 76
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
NikosPanou added Greece

17
327 232
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Dominican Republic

18
310 274
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Congo

19
320 231
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Slovenia

20
305 303
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Spain

21
224 164
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Germany

22
256 228
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

23
219 250
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
United Kingdom

24
214 225
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Australia

25
195 218
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

26
203 232
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Brazil

27
181 222
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
France

28
301 48
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
kartivim2 added Kristaps Porzingis Latvia

29
207 195
Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Argentina

30
225 100
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Canada

31
198 54
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zepolian1 added Nikola Jokić Serbian

32
177 134
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
wiabux added Lithuania

33
145 207
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Poland

34
176 109
Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Sudan

35
148 203
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

36
150 171
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Switzerland

37
169 128
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Lithuania

38
184 152
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

39
144 60
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
BOULTY added New Zealand

40
160 110
Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
KelvinSalvador added Australia

41
172 159
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

42
169 108
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

43
151 149
Ranker Video

44
134 163
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

45
155 206
Nikola Pekovic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

46
95 89
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Lithuania

47
103 102
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Netherlands

48
109 126
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Turkey

49
109 109
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
Davy040 added Canada

50
99 142
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time
poroporo20 added Turkey