NBA The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest Africa-born players ever to play in the NBA.

Our list of African NBA players includes a group of famous names including Dikembe Mutombo, Serge Ibaka, Luc Mbah a Moute, and yes, even Steve Nash (he was born a UK citizen in South Africa). Some of these players are the best blockers in the NBA, while others are part of a select list of impact players off the bench. Each of the players on this list were born in Africa and went on to play basketball in the NBA.

Now it's your turn to vote on who are the best African NBA players. Vote below and if we left anyone off the list, feel free to add them so that other basketball fans and Rankers can vote on your addition.
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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Lagos, Nigeria
Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National ...more

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, commonly referred to as Dikembe Mutombo, is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the ...more

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
ndjzvhdsafew added Yaoundé, Cameroon
Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Johannesburg, South Africa
Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC, OBC is a Canadian retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a ...more

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Brazzaville, Congo
Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. Ibaka was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder's ...more

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
CodyMakuch added Turalei, Sudan
Manute Bol was a Sudanese-born basketball player and political activist. At 7 ft 7 in tall, he was one of the tallest men ever to play in the National Basketball Association, along with Gheorghe ...more

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241 47
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Adebisi Oyedeji added Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States of America
Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. Oladipo played college ...more

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Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Wau, South Sudan
Luol Ajou Deng (born 16 April 1985) is a British professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a two-time NBA All-Star and was ...more

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346 174
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
swag1234 added Springfield, Illinois, United States of America
Andre Tyler Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and ...more

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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added Douala, Cameroon
Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After attending New Mexico State ...more

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Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bismack Biyombo Sumba is a Congolese professional basketball center with the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 ...more

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Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Monojussi added Wau, Sudan
Thon Marial Maker (born 25 February 1997) is a South Sudanese Australian professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended high ...more

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177 129
Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (born 9 September 1986) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mbah a Moute also ...more

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Al-Farouq Aminu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu is an American-Nigerian professional basketball forward with the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He plays internationally with the Nigeria ...more

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Festus Ezeli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Benin City, Nigeria
Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndulue is a Nigerian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He was selected by the Golden ...more

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145 128
Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. Prior to the National Basketball Association, Okafor attended Bellaire ...more

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Ekpe Udoh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Edmond, Oklahoma, United States of America
Ekpedeme Friday "Ekpe" Udoh is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He played high school ...more

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DeSagana Diop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Dakar, Senegal
DeSagana N'gagne Diop is a Senegalese professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

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98 136
Hasheem Thabeet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Hasheem Thabeet is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Connecticut before ...more

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Emmanuel Mudiay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
MAXdaGOAT10 added Democratic Rep
Emmanuel Kabeya Mudiay (born March 5, 1996) is a Congolese professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball ...more

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D. J. Mbenga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Didier "D. J." Ilunga-Mbenga is a Belgian-Congolese professional basketball player. He has also played for the Belgian national basketball team as he is a dual citizen of both his

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66 102
Kelenna Azubuike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom
Kelenna David Azubuike is an American professional basketball player. Born in London, England and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Azubuike became a standout player during his play at Victory ...more

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Christian Eyenga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Christian Eyenga Moenge is a Congolese professional basketball player who currently plays for Pallacanestro Varese of the Lega Basket Serie A. In June 2009, Eyenga was drafted by the Cleveland ...more

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OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
GuyGamer217 added London, England
Ogugua "OG" Anunoby Jr. (born July 17, 1997) is a British professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Pape Sow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Dakar, Senegal
Pape Sow is a Senegalese professional basketball player who has played for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and for several European and Asian teams.