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The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

Updated December 3, 2020 17.2k votes 3.5k voters 116.4k views50 items

List RulesVote 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

    Lagos, Nigeria
    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still...  more

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    Dikembe Mutombo

    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese...  more

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    Steve Nash

    Johannesburg, South Africa
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    Serge Ibaka

    Congo, Spain
    Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila (; born 18 September 1989) is a Congolese-Spanish professional...  more

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    Joel Embiid

    Yaoundé, Cameroon
    Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Pascal Siakam

    Douala, Cameroon
    Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Manute Bol

    Turalei, Sudan
    Manute Bol (; d. June 19, 2010) was a Sudanese-born American basketball player and political...  more

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    Victor Oladipo

    Upper Marlboro, Maryland
    Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    Andre Iguodala

    Springfield, Illinois
    Andre Tyler Iguodala ( ig-wə-DAH-lə; born January 28, 1984) is an American professional...  more

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    Luol Deng

    Wau, South Sudan
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    Al-Farouq Aminu

    Atlanta, Georgia
    Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu (born September 21, 1990) is an American-Nigerian professional...  more

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    Luc Mbah a Moute

    Yaoundé, Cameroon
    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute ( BAH ah MOO-tay; born 9 September 1986) is a Cameroonian...  more

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    Emeka Okafor

    Houston, Texas
    Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor (born September 28, 1982) is an American professional...  more

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    Bismack Biyombo

    Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Bismack Biyombo Sumba (born August 28, 1992) is a Congolese professional basketball player for...  more

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    OG Anunoby

    London, England
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    Tacko Fall

    Dakar sengal
    Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall (born December 10, 1995) is a Senegalese professional...  more
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    Thon Maker

    Wau, Sudan
    Thon Marial Maker (born 25 February 1997) is a South Sudanese Australian professional...  more

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    Festus Ezeli

    Benin City, Nigeria
    Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndulue is a Nigerian professional basketball player who currently plays...  more

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    Emmanuel Mudiay

    Democratic Rep
    Emmanuel Kabeya Mudiay (born March 5, 1996) is a Congolese professional basketball player for...  more
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    Josh Okogie

    Lagos, Nigeria
    Joshua Aloiye Okogie (born September 1, 1998) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball...  more
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    Cheick Diallo

    Kayes, Mali
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    Bol Manute Bol (born November 16, 1999) is a Sudanese-American professional basketball player...  more

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    Gorgui Dieng

    Kébémer Department, Senegal
    Gorgui Sy Dieng (born January 18, 1990) is a Senegalese professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Ekpe Udoh

    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Ekpedeme Friday "Ekpe" Udoh ( eh-PAY YOO-doh; born May 20, 1987) is an American– Nigerian ...  more

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    Michael Olowokandi

    Lagos, Nigeria
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