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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101 21
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
M7 Borås

2
81 22
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

3
46 7
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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69 22
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons

5
65 23
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons

6
69 30
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
57 25
Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hapoel Jerusalem

8
47 18
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Banco Roma, TDK Manresa

9
36 13
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Brave Dragons

10
29 12
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Napoli

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36 24
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Zhejiang Golden Bulls

12
31 20
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Guangdong Southern Tigers

13
33 22
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Lottomatica Roma, Shanxi Brave Dragons

14
34 23
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales

15
31 22
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli

16
37 30
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanghai Sharks

17
12 5
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

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20 15
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
1518470830811 added Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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22 18
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Arimo Bologna

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19 16
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Levallois Metropolitans

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18 16
Josh Childress is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
SAN-EN NeoPhoenix

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9 6
Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings

23
19 18
Andray Blatche is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Xinjiang Flying Tigers

24
16 15
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Basket Brescia

25
18 19
Steve Blake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sydney Kings

26
6 5
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

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2 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

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2 2
Walter Berry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets

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5 6
John Salley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

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5 6
Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

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5 6
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

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13 16
Rudy Fernández is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
DKV Joventut, Real Madrid Baloncesto

33
1 2
Lloyd Daniels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

34
4 6
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
4 7
Rolando Blackman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

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8 13
JJ Hickson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Fujian Sturgeons, Jiangsu Tongxi

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8 13
Hakim Warrick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sichuan Blue Whales, Liaoning Flying Leopards

38
14 21
Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

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7 12
Samuel Dalembert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shanxi Zhongyu

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10 16
Andrés Nocioni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

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3 7
Roy Tarpley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Dallas Mavericks

42
12 19
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 14
MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Emporio Armani Milano, Jiangsu Dragons

44
3 9
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 14
DeJuan Blair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jiangsu Tongxi

46
7 18
Chase Budinger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Saski Baskonia

47
6 17
Robert Sacre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya

48
5 18
Jeremy Evans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
BC Khimki

49
6 20
Alexey Shved is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
BC Khimki

50
4 17
Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shandong Golden Stars