NBA The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas  

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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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106 23
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
M7 Borås

2
86 24
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

3
51 8
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets -

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4
71 23
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons

5
67 24
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons

6
70 31
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks

7
59 26
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hapoel Jerusalem

8
47 20
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Banco Roma, TDK Manresa

9
37 15
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Brave Dragons

10
29 14
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Napoli

11
36 26
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Zhejiang Golden Bulls

12
34 24
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales

13
33 24
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Lottomatica Roma, Shanxi Brave Dragons

14
31 22
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Guangdong Southern Tigers

15
15 6
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

16
38 30
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanghai Sharks

17
31 23
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli

18
21 15
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
isaaciscool123450 added Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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22 19
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Arimo Bologna

20
11 7
Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings

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19 17
Josh Childress is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
SAN-EN NeoPhoenix

22
19 17
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Levallois Metropolitans

23
17 15
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Brescia

24
8 6
Antonio Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks

25
19 19
Andray Blatche is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers

26
19 19
Steve Blake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sydney Kings

27
3 1
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

28
7 7
John Salley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

29
3 3
Walter Berry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets

30
6 8
Rolando Blackman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

31
13 17
Rudy Fernández is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
DKV Joventut, Real Madrid Baloncesto

32
5 7
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

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5 7
Rony Seikaly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors

34
5 7
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

35
5 8
Roy Tarpley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Dallas Mavericks

36
1 3
Lloyd Daniels is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

37
15 22
Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

38
8 14
Hakim Warrick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales, Liaoning Flying Leopards

39
8 14
JJ Hickson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Fujian Sturgeons, Jiangsu Tongxi

40
10 17
Andrés Nocioni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

41
7 13
Samuel Dalembert is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Zhongyu

42
12 20
Sebastian Telfair is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers

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8 15
MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Emporio Armani Milano, Jiangsu Dragons

44
3 10
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

45
6 15
DeJuan Blair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jiangsu Tongxi

46
7 19
Chase Budinger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

47
6 18
Robert Sacre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya

48
7 21
Alexey Shved is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
BC Khimki

49
5 19
Jeremy Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
BC Khimki

50
4 18
Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shandong Golden Stars