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Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

Updated March 13, 2020 4.1k votes 977 voters 38.8k views33 items

List RulesOnly 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 a league 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.

  • Jeremy Lin1

    Beijing Ducks (2019-present)

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  • Lance Stephenson2

    Liaoning Flying Leopards (2019-present)

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  • Ty Lawson3

    Shangdong Golden Stars (2018-present)

  • Jared Sullinger4

    Shenzhen Leopards (2017-present)

  • MarShon Brooks5

    Guangdong Southern Tigers (2019-present)

  • Luis Scola6

    Shanghai Sharks (2018-present)

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  • Brandon Bass7

    Liaoning Flying Leopards (2017-present)

  • Tyler Hansbrough8

    Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2018–present) 

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  • Ian Clark9

    Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2019-present)

  • Marreese Speights10

    Guangzhou Long-Lions (2018-present)

  • Shabazz Muhammad11

    Shenzhen Aviators (2019-present)

  • Eric Moreland12

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  • Carl Landry13

    Hiroshima Dragonflies (2019-present)

  • Kevin Séraphin14

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  • Jason Thompson15

    Sichuan Blue Whales (2018-present)

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  • Sonny Weems16

    Guangdong Southern Tigers (2018-present)

  • Dwight Buycks17

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    Shenzhen Leopards (2018-present)

  • Dakari Johnson18

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    Qingdao Eagles (2018-present)

  • Ike Diogu19

    Shimane Susanoo Magic (2019-present)

  • Andrew Goudelock20

    Shandong Golden Stars (2018-present)

  • Pierre Jackson21

    Beijing Fly Dragons (2018-present)

  • Justin Hamilton22

    Beijing Ducks (2017–present)

  • Malcolm Thomas23

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  • Jamaal Franklin24

    Sichuan Blue Whales (2017–present)

  • Russ Smith25

    Guizhou White Tigers (2019-present)