The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas

Who are the best NBA players to play overseas? 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. Two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury was a Chinese Basketabll Association 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.

Today it's even more common for many young players to get their starts overseas. Many rising stars, like LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey, played in Australia before making the leap to the NBA. The EuroLeague has also become a feeder league for the NBA sending over the Gasol brothers, Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and 2021 first round pick Alperen Sengun in the last decade. 

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