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

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58 16
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Dominique Wilkins Panathinaikos B.C., Fortitudo Pallacanestro Bologna

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46 13
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Dennis Rodman Brighton Bears, Fuerza Regia, Tijuana Dragons

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52 18
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Scottie Pippen Torpan Pojat, Sundsvall Dragons

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54 21
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Stephon Marbury Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks

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33 13
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
George Gervin Banco Roma, TDK Manresa

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21 4
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets - BESIKTAS  

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

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22 7
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Bob McAdoo Shanxi Brave Dragons

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25 12
J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
J. R. Smith Zhejiang Golden Bulls

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24 13
Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Darryl Dawkins Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino, Olimpia Milano, Telemarket Forli

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

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Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jimmer Fredette Shanghai Sharks

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

The Top Current NBA Players

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

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Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Josh Smith Sichuan Blue Whales

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15 11
Andray Blatche is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Andray Blatche Xinjiang Flying Tigers

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

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13 11
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Artis Gilmore Arimo Bologna

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12 11
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Boris Diaw Levallois Metropolitans

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2 1
John Salley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added John Salley Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat

The Best Athletes of All Time

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2 1
Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Orlando Woolridge Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

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11 11
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Bill Laimbeer Basket Brescia

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10 11
Rudy Fernández is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Rudy Fernández DKV Joventut, Real Madrid Baloncesto

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7 8
MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MarShon Brooks Emporio Armani Milano, Jiangsu Dragons

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14 16
Steve Blake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Steve Blake Sydney Kings

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Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Andrea Bargnani Saski Baskonia

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Xavier McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Xavier McDaniel Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

The Best NBA Buys for the Money

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Roy Tarpley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Roy Tarpley Dallas Mavericks

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Antonio Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Antonio Davis Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks

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Rolando Blackman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Rolando Blackman Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

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Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Eddie Johnson Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings

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Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Byron Scott Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
1518470830811 added Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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Andrés Nocioni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Andrés Nocioni Saski Baskonia

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Rony Seikaly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Rony Seikaly Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors

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Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Scott Skiles Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

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DeJuan Blair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
DeJuan Blair Jiangsu Tongxi

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5 9
JJ Hickson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
JJ Hickson Fujian Sturgeons, Jiangsu Tongxi

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5 9
Hakim Warrick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Hakim Warrick Sichuan Blue Whales, Liaoning Flying Leopards

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9 14
Sebastian Telfair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Sebastian Telfair Xinjiang Flying Tigers

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5 10
Robert Sacre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Robert Sacre Hitachi SunRockers Tokyo-Shibuya

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6 12
Chase Budinger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Chase Budinger Saski Baskonia

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3 10
Samuel Dalembert is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Samuel Dalembert Shanxi Zhongyu

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5 13
Alexey Shved is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Alexey Shved BC Khimki

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Jeremy Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Jeremy Evans BC Khimki

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