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The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas 

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Updated June 24, 2019 3.3k votes 475 voters 11.1k views 53 items

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
Point guard and Power forward from Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Small forward from Paris, France
3
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
alexismesina added Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

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Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Small forward from Hamburg, Arkansas, United States of America
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Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Point guard and Shooting guard from Coney Island, New York City, New York, United States of America
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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Small forward and Power forward from Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Power forward and Center from Lake Wales, Florida, United States of America
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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan
9
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina
10
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Point guard from Glens Falls, New York
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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shooting guard from Freehold Borough, New Jersey
12
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Small forward from Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America
13
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Point guard from Compton, California, United States of America
14
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
isaaciscool123450 added Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America
15
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Center from Chipley, Florida
16
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Power forward from College Park, Georgia
17
Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Power forward from Aschaffenburg, Germany
18
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Shooting guard from Ogden, Utah, United States of America
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Darryl Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Center from Orlando, Florida
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Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
MikeAnsley added Small forward from Chicago, Illinois
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Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Center from Boston, Massachusetts, USA
22
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
jordi61 added Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Point guard from Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America
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Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Point guard and Power forward from Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
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Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
sametoter92 added Point guard from Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Josh Childress is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players Who Played Overseas
Shooting guard and Small forward from Harbor City, California