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

2
56 8
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

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91 26
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

4
76 23
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons

5
69 25
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons

6
74 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
61 26
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hapoel Jerusalem

8
48 20
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Banco Roma, TDK Manresa

9
38 15
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Brave Dragons

10
30 16
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Napoli

11
39 28
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Zhejiang Golden Bulls

12
41 32
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanghai Sharks

13
35 26
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales

14
32 24
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli

15
32 24
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Guangdong Southern Tigers

16
33 26
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Lottomatica Roma, Shanxi Brave Dragons

17
16 9
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

18
24 19
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Arimo Bologna

19
6 1
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

20
19 16
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Brescia

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23 21
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
isaaciscool123450 added Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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20 18
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Levallois Metropolitans

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11 8
Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings

24
9 7
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

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20 21
Andray Blatche is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers