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The Best Current NBA International Players 

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List Rules Vote up the top players in the league born outside the U.S.

With so many of the greatest NBA players of all time being from outside the US, it's time to recognize the best international NBA players currently in the league. From point guards to centers, NBA's top international basketball players are among the best in every position. While some are still learning English, they have no problem Euro stepping around defenders and winning championships (Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki). Who are the best international NBA players in the league today? 

Hailing from Spain, brothers Pau and Marc Gasol are two of the best big men currently playing in the NBA. In 2013, Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo AKA "The Greek Freak" made a big splash in the league, quickly becoming a rising superstar. Other great foreign NBA players include Cameroonian Joel Embiid, French Rudy Gobert, and Canadian Andrew Wiggins. 

Vote for the best international basketball players currently playing in the NBA. If you see your favorite foreign player missing, add him to the list. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Greece
Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Slovenia
Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more

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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Serbia
Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Cameroon
Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college ...more

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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Cameroon
Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the New ...more

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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Australia
Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Latvia
Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and ...more

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
France
Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national ...more

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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Lithuania
Domantas Sabonis (born May 3, 1996) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played in Spain for Unicaja ...more

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Canada
Shaivonte Aician Gilgeous-Alexander (born July 12, 1998) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played ...more

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Buddy Hield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Bahamas
Chavano Rainier "Buddy" Hield (born December 17, 1992) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He was named the ...more

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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Montenegro
Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball ...more

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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Switzerland
Clint N'Dumba-Capela (born May 18, 1994) is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected ...more

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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Croatia
Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born April 18, 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Dominican Republic
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (born June 3, 1986) is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for ...more

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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
New Zealand
Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one season with ...more

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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Serbia
Bogdan Bogdanović (Serbian: Богдан Богдановић; born August 18, 1992) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The ...more

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Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Finland
Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the 2017 NBA draft, he was taken by ...more

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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Australia
Joseph Howarth Ingles (born 2 October 1987) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Australian national ...more

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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain
Marc Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈmaɾɡ ɡəˈzɔl]; born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Italy
Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Congo, Spain
Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila (; born 18 September 1989) is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ibaka was drafted ...more

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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jusuf Nurkić (born August 23, 1994) is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in ...more

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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain
Ricard Rubio i Vives (born October 21, 1990) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rubio became the youngest player ever ...more

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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Slovenia
Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard ...more

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