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The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time

Updated December 3, 2020 17.4k votes 3.3k voters 109.9k 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 Olajuwon1
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    Hakeem Olajuwon

    Lagos, Nigeria

    PositionCenter

    Age56

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

    Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (; Yoruba: [olaɟuwɔ̃]; born January 21, 1963), formerly spelled (& still... more on Wikipedia
  • Dikembe Mutombo2
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    Dikembe Mutombo

    Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    PositionCenter

    Age53

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

    Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Nash3
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    Steve Nash

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    PositionPoint guard

    Age46

    Number10

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • Serge Ibaka4
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    Serge Ibaka

    Brazzaville, Congo

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age31

    Number9

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila (; born 18 September 1989) is a Congolese-Spanish professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • Joel Embiid5
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    Joel Embiid

    Yaoundé, Cameroon

    PositionCenter

    Number21

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Manute Bol6
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    Manute Bol

    Turalei, Sudan

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 48 (1962-2010)

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

    Manute Bol (; d. June 19, 2010) was a Sudanese-born American basketball player and political... more on Wikipedia
  • Pascal Siakam7
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    69

    Pascal Siakam

    Douala, Cameroon

    PositionPower forward

    Number13

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Victor Oladipo8
    584
    101

    Victor Oladipo

    Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    Number4

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Andre Iguodala9
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    Andre Iguodala

    Springfield, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward

    Age35

    Number9

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    Andre Tyler Iguodala ( ig-wə-DAH-lə; born January 28, 1984) is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Luol Deng10
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    Luol Deng

    Wau, South Sudan

    PositionSmall forward

    Age34

    Number9

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Luol Ajou Deng (born 16 April 1985) is a British professional basketball player who last... more on Wikipedia
  • Luc Mbah a Moute11
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    Luc Mbah a Moute

    Yaoundé, Cameroon

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age33

    Number12

    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute ( BAH ah MOO-tay; born 9 September 1986) is a Cameroonian... more on Wikipedia
  • Al-Farouq Aminu12
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    Al-Farouq Aminu

    Atlanta, Georgia

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age30

    Number0

    TeamsOrlando Magic

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

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    #116 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#138 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Emeka Okafor13
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    Emeka Okafor

    Houston, Texas

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age37

    Number50

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats

    Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor (born September 28, 1982) is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Bismack Biyombo14
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    Bismack Biyombo

    Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age27

    Number8

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

    Bismack Biyombo Sumba (born August 28, 1992) is a Congolese professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Thon Maker15
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    Thon Maker

    Wau, Sudan

    PositionPower forward, center

    Number7

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Thon Marial Maker (born 25 February 1997) is a South Sudanese Australian professional... more on Wikipedia
  • OG Anunoby16
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    30

    OG Anunoby

    London, England

    PositionSmall Forward

    Number13

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Ogugua "OG" Anunoby Jr. (born 17 July 1997) is a British-American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tacko Fall17
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    Tacko Fall

    Dakar sengal

    PositionCenter

    Number99

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall (born December 10, 1995) is a Senegalese professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Festus Ezeli18
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    Festus Ezeli

    Benin City, Nigeria

    PositionCenter

    Age30

    Number31

    Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndulue is a Nigerian professional basketball player who currently plays... more on Wikipedia

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    #715 of 874 Big Grid relations#67 of 105 The Best Golden State Warriors of All Time

  • Emmanuel Mudiay19
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    Emmanuel Mudiay

    Democratic Rep

    PositionPoint guard

    Number1

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Emmanuel Kabeya Mudiay (born March 5, 1996) is a Congolese professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cheick Diallo20
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    Cheick Diallo

    Kayes, Mali

    PositionPower Forward/Center

    Number13

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

  • Josh Okogie21
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    Josh Okogie

    Lagos, Nigeria

    PositionShooting Guard

    Number30

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Joshua Aloiye Okogie (born September 1, 1998) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Ekpe Udoh22
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    Ekpe Udoh

    Edmond, Oklahoma

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age32

    Number13

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

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  • Michael Olowokandi23
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    Michael Olowokandi

    Lagos, Nigeria

    PositionCenter

    Age44

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers

    Michael Olowokandi (born 3 April 1975) is a British Nigerian former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Bol Bol24
    Bol Manute Bol (born November 16, 1999) is a Sudanese-American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gorgui Dieng25
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    Gorgui Dieng

    Kébémer Department, Senegal

    PositionCenter

    Age29

    Number10

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

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