NBA Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked  

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List Rules Only former NBA players now playing in the Chinese Basketball Association

Whether they couldn't hang with the big boys or they simply sought a career elsewhere, it turns out there are quite a few former NBA players in China now. No, this isn't the result of another NBA lockout like that of 2011. As you'll see on the list below, some of the NBA stars who currently play in China actually make sense, as their careers here in the US didn't pan out the way they had probably expected. Regardless of the reasoning, however, you'll find quite a few familiar NBA faces below. And while many of them weren't exactly the NBA's top scorers, they still prove they have the chops to be some of the best NBA players who played overseas.

Perhaps one of the best NBA players currently playing in China is Brandon Bass, who danced around various NBA teams for most of his career there—now playing for the Liaoning Flying Leopards. Moreover, former Lakers star Lamar Odom announced in July 2018 he'd also make the move to China and be balling overseas. Other notable NBA players who've jumped ship and headed for China include Jimmer Fredette, Jamaal Franklin, and Justin Hamilton, among others. 

Of all the NBA players who play in China these days, who do you think is best? Do you think they'll ever have a shot back in the NBA? Cast your votes for the top players below.

list ordered by

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57 20
Jimmer Fredette is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans

Shanghai Sharks (2016-present)

2
33 9
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

3
36 15
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

4
32 16
Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

5
28 16
Brandon Bass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans

Liaoning Flying Leopards (2017-present)

6
28 19
Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Charlotte Hornets

Guangzhou Long-Lions (2017–present) 

7
24 15
Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors

Shenzhen Leopards (2017-present)

8
11 15
Ike Diogu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

Sichuan Blue Whales (2018-present)

9
12 17
Marcus Thornton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings, Brooklyn Nets

Beijing Ducks (2018-present)

10
7 11
Von Wafer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

Jilin Northeast Tigers (2017-2018)

11
6 13
Shavlik Randolph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat

Beijing Fly Dragons (2017–present)

12
7 15
Russ Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies

Fujian Sturgeons (2017-Present)

13
6 14
Donald Sloan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets (Pelicans now), Cleveland Cavaliers

Guangdong Southern Tigers (2018–present) 

14
5 13
Lester Hudson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards

Liaoning Flying Leopards (2015–present)

15
5 13
Jarnell Stokes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2017-2018)

16
4 12
Eugene Jeter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Eugene Jeter Sacramento Kings

Tianjin Gold Lions (2016–present)

17
8 18
Justin Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves

Beijing Ducks (2017–present)

18
4 13
Tyler Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Tyler Wilkerson San Antonio Spurs

Shaanxi Wolves (2016-present)

19
5 16
Jamaal Franklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

Sichuan Blue Whales (2017–present)

20
3 14
Randolph Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks

Beijing Ducks (2010–2018)