Sports 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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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Latvia Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks 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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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Slovenia Goran Dragić is a Slovenian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard ...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 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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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

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Joe Ingles is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Germany Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the ...more

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Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Lithuania Jonas Valančiūnas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He is a member of the Lithuanian national ...more

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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
arnas added Croatia Dario Šarić is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. He also represents the Croatian national basketball team. Standing ...more

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Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
CunningVet added 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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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Canada Andrew Christian Wiggins is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for ...more

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Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Turkey Enes Kanter is a Turkish professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in, he plays at the center position.

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more

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Evan Fournier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
France Evan Mehdi Fournier is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played junior basketball at the French INSEP ...more

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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia Bojan Bogdanović is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the Croatian national basketball team. Standing at ...more

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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
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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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Belgium William Anthony "Tony" Parker, Jr. is a French professional basketball player who plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. The son of a professional ...more

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Italy Danilo Gallinari is an Italian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He is 2.08 m in height and 102 kg in weight ...more

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Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Turkey Ersan İlyasova is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He has previously played in Turkey, Spain and the ...more

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Patty Mills is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Australia Patrick Sammy "Patty" Mills is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Mills is the second ...more

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OG Anunoby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
CunningVet added Ogugua "OG" Anunoby Jr. is an English-born Nigerian professional basketball player.

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Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
France Nicolas Batum is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. The Blazers acquired his rights during the 2008 NBA ...more

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Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Canada Tristan Trevor James Thompson is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He played one season of college ...more

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Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
PurpleLion54 added Australian (South-Sudanese born) Thon Marial Maker is a Sudanese-born Australian professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended high school at Orangeville ...more

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Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
EnricoCarboni added Italy Marco Stefano Belinelli is an Italian professional basketball shooting guard who plays with the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He was selected 18th overall in the 2007 ...more

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Juan Hernangomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
MartinX added Juan Alberto "Juancho" Hernangómez Geuer is a Spanish professional basketball player.

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Tomáš Satoranský is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Matěj Vlček added Czech Republic Tomáš Satoranský is a Czech professional basketball player who plays for FC Barcelona of the ACB League and the Euroleague.

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Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Canada Kelly Tyler Olynyk is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He was an NCAA All-American while playing for the ...more

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Davis Bertans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
arnas added Latvia Dāvis Bertāns is a Latvian professional basketball who currently plays for Laboral Kutxa of the Liga ACB. He also represents the Latvian national basketball team. He was selected with the 42nd ...more

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José Juan Barea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Puerto Rico José Juan "J.J." Barea Mora is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He played ...more

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Dwight Powell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Canada Dwight Harlan Powell is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Stanford ...more

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Cory Joseph is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Canada Cory Ephram Joseph is a Canadian professional basketball point guard with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association.

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Mario Hezonja is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
MartinX added Croatia Mario Hezonja is a Croatian professional basketball player who currently plays for FC Barcelona of the ACB League. He also represents the Croatian national basketball team internationally. ...more

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Guillermo Hernangomez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Spain Guillermo Hernangomez is a basketball player for the Real Madrid Baloncesto team.

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Nenê is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Brazil Nenê (born September 13, 1982) is a Brazilian professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His birth name was Maybyner Rodney ...more

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Lucas Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
Brazil Lucas Riva Amarante "Bebe" Nogueira is a Brazilian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He was selected ...more

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Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA International Players
MartinX added Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot france Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot is a French professional basketball player.