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The Best Current NBA International Players

Updated April 24, 2020 32.4k votes 3.1k voters 41.3k views72 items

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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
    1,794
    285

    PositionSmall forward / Guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Number34

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Luka Dončić
    1,376
    318

    PositionGuard, Small forward

    Number11

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #76 of 766 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#5 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • 3
    Nikola Jokic
    1,086
    410

    PositionCenter

    Age25

    BirthplaceSombor, Serbia

    Number15

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #379 of 580 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#102 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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    Joel Embiid
    1,088
    460

    Joel Embiid

    Cameroon

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceYaoundé, Cameroon

    Number21

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Pascal Siakam
    679
    269

    PositionPower forward

    Number13

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Ben Simmons
    733
    338

    Ben Simmons

    Australia

    PositionPoint guard/forward

    Number12

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

    PositionGuard

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    Number2

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    Shaivonte Aician Gilgeous-Alexander (born July 12, 1998) is a Canadian professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Rudy Gobert
    739
    399

    PositionCenter

    Age28

    BirthplaceSaint-Quentin, France

    Number27

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Kristaps Porzingis
    844
    490

    PositionPower forward / Center

    Age25

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    Number6

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Domantas Sabonis
    446
    238

    PositionCenter / Power forward

    Age23

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Number11

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis (born May 3, 1996) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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    #39 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#7 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

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    Buddy Hield
    218
    94

    PositionGuard

    BirthplaceFreeport, Bahamas

    Number24

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    Chavano Rainier "Buddy" Hield (born December 17, 1992) is a Bahamian professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Bojan Bogdanović
    366
    214

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Number44

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born April 18, 1989) is a... more on Wikipedia

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    #41 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#47 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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    Serge Ibaka
    226
    119

    Serge Ibaka

    Congo, Spain

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age30

    BirthplaceBrazzaville, Congo

    Number9

    TeamsToronto Raptors

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

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    #47 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#11 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • 14
    Clint Capela
    448
    286

    Clint Capela

    Switzerland

    PositionPower forward, Center

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Number15

    TeamsHouston Rockets

    Clint N'Dumba-Capela (born May 18, 1994) is a Swiss professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Nikola Vučević
    445
    284

    PositionCenter

    Age30

    BirthplaceMorges, Switzerland

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Danilo Gallinari
    327
    201

    PositionSmall forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceSant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

    Number8

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born August 8, 1988) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Dennis Schröder
    354
    233

    PositionPoint guard

    Age26

    BirthplaceBraunschweig, Germany

    Number17

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schröder (born September 15, 1993) is a German professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Jusuf Nurkić
    209
    125

    Jusuf Nurkić

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    PositionCenter

    Age25

    BirthplaceŽivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Number27

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Jusuf Nurkić (born August 23, 1994) is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Steven Adams
    523
    376

    Steven Adams

    New Zealand

    PositionCenter

    Age26

    BirthplaceRotorua, New Zealand

    Number12

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Deandre Ayton
    122
    58

    Deandre Ayton

    Bahamas

    PositionCenter

    Number22

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Deandre Edoneille Ayton (born July 23, 1998) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Bogdan Bogdanović
    452
    326

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    Number8

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanović (Serbian: Богдан Богдановић; born August 18, 1992) is a Serbian professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Marc Gasol
    492
    367

    PositionCenter

    Age35

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    Number33

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Al Horford
    462
    347

    Al Horford

    Dominican Republic

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age33

    BirthplacePuerto Plata, Dominican Republic

    Number42

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (born June 3, 1986) is a Dominican professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Joe Ingles
    330
    240

    Joe Ingles

    Australia

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age32

    BirthplaceHappy Valley, Australia

    Number2

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Joseph Howarth Ingles (born 2 October 1987) is an Australian professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Andrew Wiggins
    346
    254

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age24

    BirthplaceThornhill, Vaughan, Canada

    Number22

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

    Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia