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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
Hakeem Olajuwon 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
Dikembe Mutombo 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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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Steve Nash 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) 4 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Serge Ibaka Brazzaville, Congo Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Ibaka was drafted by the ...more

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
CodyMakuch added Manute Bol 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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Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Luol Deng Wau, South Sudan Luol Ajou Deng is a British professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has also played for the Great Britain national ...more

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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
swag1234 added Andre Iguodala 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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Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Bismack Biyombo 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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Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum Lisieux, France Nicolas Batum is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. The Blazers acquired his rights during the ...more

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Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Monojussi added Thon Maker Wau, Sudan Thon Marial Maker is a Sudanese-born Australian professional basketball player.

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Al-Farouq Aminu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Al-Farouq Aminu 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) 13 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Festus Ezeli 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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Luc Mbah a Moute is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Luc Mbah a Moute Yaoundé, Cameroon Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. Mbah a Moute also plays for the ...more

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Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Emeka Okafor 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) 16 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Ekpe Udoh 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) 17 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
DeSagana Diop Dakar, Senegal DeSagana N'gagne Diop is a Senegalese professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

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Hasheem Thabeet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Hasheem Thabeet 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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D. J. Mbenga is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
D. J. Mbenga 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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Christian Eyenga is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Christian Eyenga 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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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Adebisi Oyedeji added Victor Oladipo Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States of America "Victor" Oladipo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Oladipo played college basketball with ...more

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Kelenna Azubuike is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Kelenna Azubuike 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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Pape Sow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Pape Sow 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.

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Solomon Alabi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Solomon Alabi Kaduna, Nigeria Solomon Alabi is a Center for the Florida State Seminoles men's basketball team.

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Mouhamed Sene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Mouhamed Sene Thiès, Senegal Mouhamed Saer Sene is a Senegalese professional basketball player who currently plays for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. A center, he is noted for his shot-blocking potential ...more

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Boniface N'Dong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Boniface N'Dong M'Bour, Senegal Boniface N'Dong is a retired Senegalese professional basketball player who last played for Galatasaray Medical Park of the Turkish Basketball League. Born in M'Bour, Senegal, he also holds ...more

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
1513001189782 added Kevin Love Santa Monica, California, United States of America Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more

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Cheick Samb is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Cheick Samb Dakar, Senegal Samb Cheikh Tidiane is a Senegalese professional basketball player. He plays at the center position.

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Gani Lawal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Gani Lawal College Park, Georgia, United States of America Gani Oladimeji Lawal, Jr. is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player who plays for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League. He played college basketball with the Georgia Tech Yellow ...more

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Michael Olowokandi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added Michael Olowokandi Lagos, Nigeria Michael Olowokandi is a retired professional basketball player. Born in Nigeria, he attended college on a basketball scholarship in the United States, and was the number one pick in the 1998 NBA ...more

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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
1513001189782 added Kyle Korver Lakewood, California, United States of America Kyle Elliot Korver is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Creighton University and ...more

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Rawle Marshall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Rawle Marshall Georgetown, Guyana Rawle Junior Kalomo Marshall is a Guyanese-American professional basketball player who plays for Koroivos Amaliadas of the Greek Basket League.

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Salah Mejri is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added Salah Mejri

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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added Pascal Siakam Pascal Siakam is a Cameroonian professional basketball player.

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Ndudi Ebi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Ndudi Ebi London, United Kingdom Ndudi Hamani Ebi is a Nigerian/British professional basketball player currently playing for Virtus Roma of the Italian Serie A. He committed to the University of Arizona, in the U.S., but ...more

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Daniel Ochefu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added Daniel Ochefu Area code 443, Baltimore, Area code 667 Daniel Ochefu is a basketball player at Villanova Wildcats.