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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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
ndjzvhdsafew added Yaoundé, Cameroon Joel Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college basketball with the Kansas ...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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Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Monojussi added Wau, Sudan Thon Marial Maker is a Sudanese-born Australian professional basketball player.

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Festus Ezeli is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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Emeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Houston, Texas, USA 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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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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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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D. J. Mbenga is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Christian Eyenga is listed (or ranked) 21 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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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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Pape Sow is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

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

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Michael Olowokandi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added 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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Mouhamed Sene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
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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Emmanuel Mudiay is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
MAXdaGOAT10 added Democratic Rep Emmanuel Kabeya Mudiay is a Congolese professional basketball player.

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Boniface N'Dong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
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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Gani Lawal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
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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Cheick Samb is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Dakar, Senegal Samb Cheikh Tidiane is a Senegalese professional basketball player. He plays at the center position.

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Rawle Marshall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
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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Ndudi Ebi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
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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Salah Mejri is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time
Tomcat_rice added Salah Mejri Jendouba, Tunisia