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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
TomasJurevicius added 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
usluzna4 added 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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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
jackbolton added 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) 6 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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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 7 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). He played college basketball for the New ...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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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Clint Capela 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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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 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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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Raf23 added 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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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
fallocca26 added 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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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
fallocca26 added 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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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Italy
Danilo Gallinari (born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After spending his first four ...more
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Lithuania
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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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Croatia
Bojan Bogdanović (born April 18, 1989) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Croatian national ...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