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Top-Scoring Foreign NBA Players

Name the non-American players, past and present, who have scored the most points in the NBA.
American citizens by birth don't count, even if they were born overseas
Through 2023–24. Active players in gold.
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Last updated: April 15, 2024
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First submittedApril 28, 2012
Times taken50,888
Average score56.0%
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Points
Country
Player
31,560
Germany
Dirk Nowitzki
26,946
Nigeria
Hakeem Olajuwon
24,815
Jamaica
Patrick Ewing
20,894
Spain
Pau Gasol
19,473
France
Tony Parker
18,502
Greece
Giannis Antetokounmpo
17,623
Panama
Rolando Blackman
17,387
Canada
Steve Nash
15,761
Germany
Detlef Schrempf
15,370
Montenegro
Nikola Vučević
14,167
Dominican Republic
Al Horford
14,139
Serbia
Nikola Jokić
14,043
Argentina
Manu Ginobili
Points
Country
Player
13,647
Serbia
Peja Stojakovic
13,398
Serbia
Vlade Divac
13,361
Sudan
Luol Deng
13,091
Canada
Andrew Wiggins
12,871
Netherlands
Rik Smits
12,810
Bahamas
Mychal Thompson
12,568
Slovenia
Goran Dragic
12,514
Spain
Marc Gasol
12,071
Cameroon
Joel Embiid
11,729
Congo
Dikembe Mutombo
11,607
Italy
Danilo Gallinari
11,470
Slovenia
Luka Dončić
46 Comments
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Level 39
Apr 23, 2014
Never heard of Blackman, I thought it was Renaldo Balkman by mistake but he's from Puerto Rico and certainly doesn't have 8,500 points.
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Level 57
May 2, 2014
All this time I thought Kirilenko was from Ukraine.
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Level 83
Apr 11, 2019
It's a Ukrainian last name originally, but in centuries there was a lot of movement around there, so it's not 100% reliable.
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Level 66
Jul 19, 2016
Mychal Thompson? He is Bahamian, with 12,810 career points.
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Level 90
Oct 10, 2016
If Ro Blackman is on this list no reason not to include Thompson. Neither born as us citizens and both moved to the US around 10 years of age.
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Level ∞
Apr 13, 2017
Added Mychal Thompson.
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Level 50
Jan 21, 2017
What about Zaza Pachulia ??
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Level 44
Mar 12, 2017
Does he have 9,000 points?
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Level ∞
Apr 15, 2024
The man. The legend.
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Level 28
Mar 8, 2017
Dirk just hit 30,005...that definitely deserves an update
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Level 89
Apr 15, 2017
I believe that four of these players were on the Spurs at the same time. Amazing what that organization has done putting together some great teams.
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Level 29
Apr 10, 2020
Diaw, Parker, Ginobili, and Pau Gasol Correct?
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Level 13
May 18, 2020
diaw, parker ginobilli and duncan
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Level 83
Apr 12, 2022
Duncan was born in the USVI, so he's an American citizen by birth and not on this quiz.
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Level 84
Apr 24, 2017
Was surprised there weren't more Canadians on here only to find out there aren't really that many that have played at the professional level at all. Andrew Wiggins and Tristan Thompson will probably be on here at some point.
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Level 82
Nov 17, 2017
no type-ins for Novitsky?
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Level ∞
Aug 19, 2020
Lots and lots of them including "Dirk".
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Level 76
Nov 17, 2017
RIP Manute Bol
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Level 82
May 10, 2019
Did he not get enough points? Probably not. He was less of a scorer and more of a tree.
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Level 56
May 10, 2019
Yup he only had 1,599 points in his career. He had more blocks than points which makes sense
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Level 67
Nov 17, 2017
No Australians--but somehow I think there will be ten years from now.
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Level 77
Apr 13, 2018
AK 47 works :D
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Level 75
Apr 14, 2019
It should be either South Sudan or UK, not Sudan.
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Level 64
Apr 29, 2020
There was no South Sudan when Deng was born.
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Level 75
Apr 23, 2022
If Vlade Divac is from Serbia, then Luol Deng is from South Sudan.
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Level 66
May 10, 2019
No leeway on "Schrimpf"?
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Level 78
May 10, 2019
Is that a German prawn?
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Level 84
Aug 20, 2020
It was Detlef's shorter cousin.
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Level 46
Aug 6, 2019
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Level 68
Nov 21, 2019
I know Serge Ibaka is born in Congo and is really attached with this country, but he's also spanish and he played for Spain so I think I would write Spain instead of Congo.

Tony Parker is born in Belgium but is french and played for France, so I would do the same for Ibaka, even if this case is a bit harder to solve, and I'm not sure everyone would agree with that ^^

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Level 89
Jan 28, 2020
My old trick of naming common last names didn't serve me so well on this quiz :(
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Level 68
May 19, 2021
Nicolas Batum (France) scored 9658 points so he probably should be in this quiz
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Level ∞
May 19, 2021
I'll put him in next update, thanks.
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Level 82
Apr 12, 2022
Toni Kukoč
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Level 65
Apr 24, 2022
I kept trying Vince Carter... apparently, being Air Canada doesn't make one Canadian!
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Level 58
Dec 7, 2022
Missing "Drake"
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Level 58
Dec 7, 2022
Karl-Anthony Towns?
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2023
Born in New Jersey. U.S. citizen by birth. Father was also American.
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Level 58
Jan 5, 2023
Also Kyrie
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2023
He is an American citizen born to American expats in Australia.
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Level 15
Mar 8, 2023
I don't know if you still update this quiz, but don't forget Joel Embiid (10,266 points currently).
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2023
We update every year. Added Embiid.
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Level 92
Apr 10, 2023
Gallinari is active. He didn't play all year because of an injury, but he was on the Celtics official roster and will likely play next season (barring another major injury).
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Level ∞
Apr 10, 2023
Okay, updated.
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Level 75
Apr 14, 2023
Why no South Sudan or UK for Luol Deng?? Born in South Sudan and British citizen that played in British National Team.

Otherwise, why no Yugoslavia on Divac or Kukoc?

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Level 19
Jun 13, 2024
Kyrie Irving is from Australia