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Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

Updated March 13, 2020 3.9k votes 884 voters 34.3k 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.

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    Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

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    Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Liaoning Flying Leopards (2019-present)

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    Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
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    Shangdong Golden Stars (2018-present)

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    Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Shenzhen Leopards (2017-present)

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    Brandon Bass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Liaoning Flying Leopards (2017-present)

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    Luis Scola is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Shanghai Sharks (2018-present)

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    MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Guangdong Southern Tigers (2019-present)

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    Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

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    Ian Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2019-present)

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    Shabazz Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Shenzhen Aviators (2019-present)

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    Eric Moreland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

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    Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Hiroshima Dragonflies (2019-present)

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    Marreese Speights is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Guangzhou Long-Lions (2018-present)

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    Kevin Séraphin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2019-present)

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    Dwight Buycks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
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    Shenzhen Leopards (2018-present)

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    Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

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    Sonny Weems is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

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    Dakari Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
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    Qingdao Eagles (2018-present)

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    Justin Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Beijing Ducks (2017–present)

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    Andrew Goudelock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Shandong Golden Stars (2018-present)

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    Malcolm Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
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    Shanxi Loongs (2019-present)

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    Pierre Jackson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Beijing Fly Dragons (2018-present)

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    Ike Diogu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Shimane Susanoo Magic (2019-present)

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    Jamaal Franklin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Sichuan Blue Whales (2017–present)

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    Russ Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

    Guizhou White Tigers (2019-present)

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