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Only the best basketball players in the NBA, but sometimes, the greatest NBA players take their talents overseas. Including former NBA players, all-time greats, and those currently playing overseas, this list of NBA players abroad features some surprising names. 

NBA legends Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Dominique Wilkins and Dennis Rodman have all played professionally outside the US. Many rising stars, like Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, decided to play for China, while planning their NBA comeback. Since 2010, 2-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury has been a CBA legend, winning three championships with the Beijing Ducks.

Some NBA players who struggled with injuries went on to dominate in international leagues, like Amar'e Stoudemire winning the Israeli League championship with Hapoel Jersulam. Other NBA players who play in Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond include Boris Diaw, Andrea Bargnani, and Carlos Boozer.

Vote up the best NBA players who played overseas. Feel free to add any former NBA players who play internationally missing from the list.  

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Magic Johnson M7 Borås

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43 8
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Dominique Wilkins Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

3
47 15
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Stephon Marbury Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks

4
40 12
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Scottie Pippen Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons

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35 9
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Dennis Rodman Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons

6
28 8
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
George Gervin Banco Roma, TDK Manresa

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35 16
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Amar'e Stoudemire Hapoel Jerusalem

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20 7
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Darryl Dawkins Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli

9
16 5
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Bob McAdoo Shanxi Brave Dragons

10
27 15
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jimmer Fredette Shanghai Sharks

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21 10
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Brandon Jennings Lottomatica Roma, Shanxi Brave Dragons

12
18 9
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
J. R. Smith Zhejiang Golden Bulls

13
21 12
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Josh Smith Sichuan Blue Whales

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12 4
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Alex English Basket Napoli

The Top Current NBA Players

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17 10
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Carlos Boozer Guangdong Southern Tigers

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13 9
Andray Blatche is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Andray Blatche Xinjiang Flying Tigers

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11 7
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Boris Diaw Levallois Metropolitans

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11 7
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Artis Gilmore Arimo Bologna

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6 2
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets - BESIKTAS  

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10 7
Rudy Fernández is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Rudy Fernández DKV Joventut, Real Madrid Baloncesto

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10 7
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Bill Laimbeer Basket Brescia

The Best Athletes of All Time

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9 6
Josh Childress is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Josh Childress SAN-EN NeoPhoenix

23
12 13
Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Andrea Bargnani Saski Baskonia

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12 13
Steve Blake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Steve Blake Sydney Kings

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6 7
Andrés Nocioni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Andrés Nocioni Saski Baskonia

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5 6
MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MarShon Brooks Emporio Armani Milano, Jiangsu Dragons

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4 5
JJ Hickson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
JJ Hickson Fujian Sturgeons, Jiangsu Tongxi

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8 10
Sebastian Telfair is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sebastian Telfair Xinjiang Flying Tigers

The Best NBA Buys for the Money

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6 8
Chase Budinger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Chase Budinger Saski Baskonia

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4 6
DeJuan Blair is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
DeJuan Blair Jiangsu Tongxi

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2 4
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
1518470830811 added Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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4 7
Robert Sacre is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Robert Sacre Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya

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3 6
Samuel Dalembert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Samuel Dalembert Shanxi Zhongyu

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5 9
Alexey Shved is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Alexey Shved BC Khimki

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3 7
Hakim Warrick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hakim Warrick Sichuan Blue Whales, Liaoning Flying Leopards

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2 7
Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jason Thompson Shandong Golden Stars

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2 8
Jeremy Evans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jeremy Evans BC Khimki