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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.

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

Shangdong Golden Stars (2018-present)

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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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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

Beijing Ducks (2019-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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Tyler Hansbrough is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2018–present) 

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

Guizhou White Tigers (2019-present)

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

Beijing Ducks (2017–present)

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

Fujian Sturgeons (2018–present)

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Ike Diogu is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked

Sichuan Blue Whales (2017–present)

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

Xinjiang Flying Tigers (2019-present)

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

Beijing Fly Dragons (2017–present)

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

Liaoning Flying Leopards (2015–present)

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Tyler Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked
Tyler Wilkerson

Shaanxi Wolves (2016-present)