Basketball Players 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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93 17
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
M7 Borås

2
75 18
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

3
38 5
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets - BESIKTAS  

4
65 18
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons

5
60 18
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons

6
67 24
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
42 14
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Banco Roma, TDK Manresa

8
52 22
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hapoel Jerusalem

9
33 8
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Brave Dragons

10
33 18
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Zhejiang Golden Bulls

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23 9
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Napoli

12
29 17
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli

13
28 17
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Guangdong Southern Tigers

14
31 20
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales

15
29 19
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Lottomatica Roma, Shanxi Brave Dragons

16
34 27
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanghai Sharks

17
17 12
Josh Childress is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
SAN-EN NeoPhoenix

18
18 15
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Arimo Bologna

19
18 15
Andray Blatche is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers

20
16 13
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
1518470830811 added Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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6 3
Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings

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16 14
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Levallois Metropolitans

23
14 12
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Brescia

24
6 4
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

25
5 3
John Salley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

26
4 3
Antonio Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks

27
3 3
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

28
3 3
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

29
8 9
JJ Hickson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Fujian Sturgeons, Jiangsu Tongxi

30
15 18
Steve Blake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sydney Kings

31
8 10
MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Emporio Armani Milano, Jiangsu Dragons

32
10 13
Rudy Fernández is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
DKV Joventut, Real Madrid Baloncesto

33
2 4
Rolando Blackman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

34
2 4
Rony Seikaly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors

35
13 18
Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

36
6 10
Hakim Warrick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales, Liaoning Flying Leopards

37
6 10
DeJuan Blair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jiangsu Tongxi

38
1 4
Roy Tarpley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Dallas Mavericks

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8 13
Andrés Nocioni is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

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5 10
Samuel Dalembert is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Zhongyu

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10 17
Sebastian Telfair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers

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6 12
Robert Sacre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya

43
5 14
Jeremy Evans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
BC Khimki

44
6 16
Chase Budinger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

45
1 7
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

46
5 16
Alexey Shved is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
BC Khimki

47
2 15
Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shandong Golden Stars