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The Best Current NBA International Players 

Ranker NBA
Updated November 1, 2019 20.8k votes 2.4k voters 27.7k views 71 items

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
Small forward, Point forward from Athens, Greece

Age: 25

Number: 34

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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
TomasJurevicius added

Number: 11

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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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#397 of 858 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #26 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players

Number: 21

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

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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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
usluzna4 added Center from Sombor, Serbia

Age: 24

Number: 15

Teams: Denver Nuggets

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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#13 of 82 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #464 of 858 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Power forward from Ventspils, Latvia

Age: 24

Number: 6

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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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#54 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #362 of 858 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Center from Saint-Quentin, France

Age: 27

Number: 27

Teams: Utah Jazz

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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#69 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #52 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
jackbolton added

Number: 12

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

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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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
CunningVet added

Number: 13

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Center from Rotorua, New Zealand

Age: 26

Number: 12

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
arnas added Center / Power forward from Portland, Oregon

Age: 23

Number: 11

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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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#132 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #34 of 82 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 34

Number: 33

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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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#54 of 61 The Most Hated Active NBA Players #30 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Center from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Age: 33

Number: 42

Teams: Boston Celtics

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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#53 of 82 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #18 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Power forward, Center from Morges, Switzerland

Age: 29

Number: 9

Teams: Orlando Magic

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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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
MartinX added Shooting guard from Belgrade, Serbia

Age: 27

Number: 8

Teams: Sacramento Kings

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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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Age: 33

Number: 7

Teams: Miami Heat

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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#128 of 158 The Best NBA Player Nicknames #76 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #22 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Point guard from El Masnou, Spain

Age: 29

Number: 9

Teams: Phoenix Suns

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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#35 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #57 of 71 The Best Sleeper Picks For Your Fantasy Basketball Team In 2019-2020

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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Shooting guard, Small forward from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Age: 30

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz

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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#67 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time #86 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
marsbar_18 added Shooting guard, Small forward from Happy Valley, Australia

Age: 32

Number: 2

Teams: Utah Jazz

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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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Small forward, Power forward from Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

Age: 31

Number: 8

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Clint Capela

Number: 15

Teams: Houston Rockets

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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#53 of 80 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #38 of 71 The Best Sleeper Picks For Your Fantasy Basketball Team In 2019-2020 #81 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Point guard / Shooting guard from Braunschweig, Germany

Age: 26

Number: 17

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Dennis Schröder (born September 15, 1993) is a German professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously played for ...more

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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Small Forward from Markham, Thornhill, Canada

Age: 24

Number: 22

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Center from Utena, Lithuania

Age: 27

Number: 17

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Jonas Valančiūnas (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈjoːnɐs vɐɫɐnʲˈtɕûːnɐs]; born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball ...more

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
fallocca26 added Power forward, Center from Brazzaville, Congo

Age: 30

Number: 9

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
fallocca26 added Center from Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Age: 25

Number: 27

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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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