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The Best Current NBA International Players  

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List Rules Only current NBA players not from the US.

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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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
usluzna4 added Serbia
Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more
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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Cameroon
Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more
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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
TomasJurevicius added
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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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
CunningVet added 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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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
jackbolton added
Benjamin David Simmons is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for one season with ...more
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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
France
Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the French national basketball team in the ...more
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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Latvia
Kristaps Porziņģis 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 plays both the power ...more
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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Montenegro
Nikola Vučević is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of ...more
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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Clint Capela Switzerland
Clint N'Dumba-Capela is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected with the 25th overall ...more
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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
fallocca26 added Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jusuf Nurkić 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 tall and weighing 280 ...more
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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
fallocca26 added Republic of the 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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Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Raf23 added Lauri Markkanen
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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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Dominican Republic
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more
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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
MartinX added Serbia
Bogdan Bogdanović is a Serbian professional basketball player who plays for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He also represents the Serbian national basketball ...more
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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
marsbar_18 added Australia
Joseph Howarth "Joe" Ingles is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Australian ...more
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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain
Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall by the ...more
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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
New Zealand
Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball for ...more
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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
arnas added 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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Buddy Hield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
ercriv added Bahamas
Chavano Rainier "Buddy" Hield is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He was named the Big 12 Conference Men's ...more
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Boban Marjanović is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Nemanja Zulic added Serbia
Boban Marjanović (born August 15, 1988) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Serbian national ...more
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Lithuanian
Jonas Valančiūnas (born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Toronto Raptors ...more
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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Germany
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen ...more
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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain
Ricard "Ricky" Rubio i Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Rubio became the ...more
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Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Germany
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