The NBA is truly a global game right now. The league’s best players are from all over the globe, including Giannis Antetokounmpo (from Greece), Luka Doncic (from Slovenia), and Nikola Jokic (from Serbia) residing from all over the globe. Gone are the days where American players dominate the league and foreign stars are coming into the NBA every single year.
By analyzing the current crop of NBA rosters, it is time to rank the greatest active player from every country right now. Players such as Kyrie Irving, who is Australian, but played for Team USA are considered American players. Without further ado, here is the complete list of the best active players in the NBA per country with an honorable mention if any.
Facundo Campazzo – 4.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.4 APG
Campazzo is a backup point guard for the Denver Nuggets, and the only active NBA player from Argentina. Campazzo is a good ball-handler and can run the offense when Jamal Murray is on the bench for a breather.
Ben Simmons – 12.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 8.0 APG
Honorable Mention: Joe Ingles
Ben Simmons is the best Australian player in the world, and his all-around game has been incredible to watch. Simmons can be revolutionary at the point guard position due to his size, as he is a lockdown defender and an excellent passer. Simmons still needs to make jumpers but he is an All-Star nonetheless.
Jakob Poeltl – 5.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 APG
Jakob Poetl signed a big deal to return to the San Antonio Spurs this season and he is one of the best backup centers in the NBA. He has height, strength, and defensive awareness around the rim.
Deandre Ayton – 12.9 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.9 APG
Honorable Mention: Buddy Hield
Deandre Ayton is a very talented big man who has an old school game that translates well into the modern NBA because he has a mid-range shot and defensive potential. Buddy Hield is an incredible shooter but Ayton looks to be an All-Star player for the future.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jusuf Nurkic – 9.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 2.8 APG
Nurkic is a talented 2-way big man who means everything to the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are great scorers, but the team goes nowhere without Nurkic. Nurkic is a very effective player thanks to his passing ability, rebounding, and defensive prowess.
Raul Neto – 8.9 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.6 APG
Honorable Mention: Bruno Caboclo
Raul Neto has found a place in the NBA as a backup point guard and he performs well with the ball in his hands. Neto is a solid playmaker who can score the ball when needed and doesn’t need to make a fuss to find minutes on an NBA roster.
Joel Embiid – 25.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 2.9 APG
Honorable Mention: Pascal Siakam
Joel Embiid, the 76ers superstar, is the best player originating from Cameroon. Embiid is arguably the favorite for the MVP Award this season and usurps Pascal Siakam as the best African player as well. Embiid is expected to be the man to lead Philly to the Eastern Conference Finals this postseason.
Jamal Murray – 20.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.0 APG
Honorable Mention: Andrew Wiggins
The scoring guard from the Denver Nuggets is the best player from Canada. Murray is a blistering scorer who can get hot from the field better than most players in the game, and he is a deadly performer in the clutch.
Dario Saric – 10.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.0 APG
Honorable Mention: Ivica Zubac
Dario Saric is a knockdown shooter as a big man, making him an effective player in an offense built around floor spacing. Saric is also large enough to handle the post and has some movies in there as well. Saric will likely have an NBA home for a long time because his skillset translates very well in modern offensive sets.
Tomas Satoransky – 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists per game
Thomas Satoransky is a lengthy point guard that has had some big performances during his career, mainly with the Washington Wizards. Satoransky is now a bench player who can come in, run the offense, and use his size to score when needed.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Bismack Biyombo – 7.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.8 APG
Honorable Mention: Emmanuel Mudiay
The best Congolense player in the NBA, Biyombo is currently a free agent after averaging 26.9 MPG for the Charlotte Hornets. A natural shot-blocker and rebounder, Biyombo has played 10 seasons in the NBA mainly as a backup center.
Karl-Anthony Towns – 22.0 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 4.3 APG
Honorable Mention: Al Horford
Many don’t know this, but Karl-Anthony Towns represents the Dominican Republic rather than the United States. This makes him easily the best Dominican player in the NBA because he has the talent of a franchise star. Towns does everything well, but cannot seem to lead his team to wins in the West. Towns beats out veteran big man Al Horford as the best Dominican NBA star.
Abdel Nader – 2.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG
Abdel Nader found some minutes in Oklahoma City’s rotation 2 years ago and got his name out there as a bench player. Nader can slash to the rim and also score from outside when needed, but he is mainly a player to fill out an NBA roster.
Lauri Markkanen – 18.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.1 APG
Lauri Markkanen has a very bright future and it’s his 2-way play that is the reason for that. Markkanen should be the franchise player alongside Zach LaVine in Chicago and with experience, he should be an All-Star very soon.
Rudy Gobert – 12.2 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 1.4 APG
Honorable Mention: Evan Fournier
No surprise Rudy Gobert is the best French player in the NBA. Gobert impacts the game on the defensive end more than any other center in the NBA and his shot-blocking is a major problem for even the best finishers in the league to overcome.
Chris Silva – 3.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.0 APG
The only player representing Gabon, Chris Silva is a power forward currently on the Miami Heat roster. Silva has appeared in 6 games this season, averaging 8.8 MPG.
Goga Bitadze – 5.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.0 APG
The 6’11” center weighs in at 250 lbs, making him a bruiser who will be beneficial thanks to his size. Bitadze is only 21 years old and will likely have more opportunities in the near future.
Dennis Schroder – 14.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4.7 APG
Honorable Mention: Daniel Theis
The Lakers point guard is a very intelligent scorer and is a blur when he attacks the rim. Schroder has a great chance to win his first NBA title with LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles, so his playoff performances will be closely watched this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 27.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 5.3 APG
Honorable Mention: Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Is there anybody else? The Greek Freak is one of the five best players in the world and is an MVP favorite every season. Giannis plays defense, dominates the offense, and does everything else to near perfection. If he develops a consistent shot, it is game over for everyone.
Deni Avdija – 7.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.2 APG
Avdija is actually a very talented player and has a bright future if he keeps up his solid season. Avdija is the only player from Israel in the NBA right now and he plays an effective style of basketball that should see him get more minutes if he continues to perform.
Danilo Gallinari – 9.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG
Honorable Mention: Ryan Arcidiacono
Danilo Gallinari has been in the NBA for a while now and is a professional scorer. He uses his height and range to shoot over defenders and is a major piece for the Atlanta Hawks this season. Gallinari will likely hover around 19-20 PPG as a recipient of Trae Young’s passes once he has recovered from his injury.
Nick Richards – 1.3 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG
The 6’11” Richards is a center who has appeared for only 3.0 MPG on average this season, but he is only 23 years old and is the only Jamaican player in the NBA.
Rui Hachimura – 13.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.3 APG
Honorable Mention: Yuta Watanabe
Rui Hachimura is a talented young player that can play inside and outside, although he is best suited to score around the rim with his size. Hachimura is a building block and a bright spot for the Washington Wizards who are an absolute mess this year.
Kristaps Porzingis – 18.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 0.5 APG
Honorable Mention: Davis Bertans
No surprise here, Kristaps Porzingis beats out Davis Bertans as the best Latvian player in the NBA. Porzingis can shoot, score in the post, block shots, and use his court vision when double-teamed. Porzingis is an All-Star player when healthy, and the Mavericks will be a problem when he returns to full form.
Domantas Sabonis – 21.7 PPG, 12.8 RPG, 5.8 APG
Honorable Mention: Jonas Valanciunas
Domantas Sabonis has transformed himself into a dominant All-Star player. In fact, he might be better than his father. Sabonis is exceptional around the rim on both ends and can even stretch to the three-point line. Sabonis is currently the franchise star for the Pacers and it looks like it will remain that way.
Juan Toscano-Anderson – 3.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG
The only Mexican player in the NBA resides in Golden State as a part of the Warriors. Toscano-Anderson signed a 2-way deal with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League and hopes to have his opportunities come up soon.
Nikola Vucevic – 22.9 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.5 APG
Honorable Mention: Javonte Green
Vucevic is an All-Star player who has kept the Orlando Magic afloat for a few seasons now. Orlando always makes the playoffs because of the talented offensive big man, and he will need to be at his best again to try to make it past the first round.
Steven Adams – 10.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.8 APG
The best player from New Zealand is the starting center for the New Orleans Pelicans. Steven Adams is one of the best defensive bigs in the league and is also the strongest player in the NBA right now. Adams is a rock in the middle and he brings an inside presence alongside Zion Williamson that is tough to match.
Josh Okogie – 6.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 1.8 APG
Honorable Mention: Al-Farouq Aminu
Okogie can jump out the roof, and he is also capable of going off when he gets hot. Okogie had a 23-point game last season and he will likely exceed that performance this year with a new career-high.
Jordan Clarkson – 17.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.8 APG
Jordan Clarkson is an explosive scorer who represents the Philippines well. Clarkson plays hard, doesn’t quit, and plays with an edge every night. His explosive scoring ability is the reason the Utah Jazz signed him to a contract exceeding $51 million.
Moe Harkless – 0.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.6 APG
Honorable Mention: Tremont Waters
Moe Harkless is a large forward who can rebound and defend at an above-average level, making him a great player who can enter any team’s rotation. Harkless stands 6’9” which makes him effective at both forward positions and can space the floor quite well.
Gorgui Dieng – 8.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.6 APG
Honorable Mention: Tacko Fall
Dieng wasn’t worth the big deal he got from the Minnesota Timberwolves a few years ago but he’s a productive big man who does a lot on the floor. Dieng can hit from mid-range, rebound, pass, and play defense. Dieng likely isn’t a starter but he does the job and is certainly a solid NBA big man.
Nikola Jokic – 25.0 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 10.3 APG
Honorable Mention: Bogdan Bogdanovic
Nikola Jokic is the best all-around center in the NBA right now. No center in NBA history can pass as The Joker can, and he is also unstoppable offensively. Despite playing at a slow pace, Jokic can score inside and outside and cannot be stopped in one on one situations.
Luka Doncic – 27.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 9.3 APG
Honorable Mention: Goran Dragic
No surprise to see Luka representing the country of Slovenia. Doncic is an incredible talent who impacts the game on many levels, especially on offense. Doncic will most likely end up finishing his career as one of the greatest players in NBA history and he usurps NBA veteran Goran Dragic as the greatest Slovenian player.
A 6’9” power forward on the New Orleans Pelicans, Gabriel is the only NBA player from Sudan. He is only averaging 5.5 MPG last season, but he has mentioned that he is happily playing his role as he aims to grow his game in due time.
Serge Ibaka – 11.8 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.8 APG
Honorable Mention: Marc Gasol
Serge Ibaka is just a great NBA big man. He plays defense, brings leadership to the locker room, and can drain outside jumpers. Ibaka was courted by Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers and his decision to sign with them greatly offset the loss of 6th Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell.
Clint Capela – 13.1 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 1.1 APG
The former Rockets man has found a nice home in Atlanta. Capela will never be a scorer and will struggle from the free-throw line, but he is one of the best defensive bigs in the NBA right now. Capela is also a great lob partner for All-Star point guard Trae Young.
Enes Kanter – 10.1 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.0 APG
Honorable Mention: Ersan Ilyasova
Enes Kanter loves his country of Turkey a lot, and perhaps that’s the reason he has had some trouble over the past few years. Nonetheless, Kanter is a great backup center because he is a great inside scorer and rebounder who will play hard every night.
Alex Len – 2.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.4 APG
Honorable Mention: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Alex Len is a productive NBA big man who protects the rim, rebounds, and does all the dirty work on the court. Len is a solid backup center and can even start games due to his size and ability to get rebounds.
OG Anunoby – 13.1 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.5 APG
OG Anunoby is a great developing player who plays defense and can hit the outside shot. Anunoby is a player that the Toronto Raptors should look to build around alongside Pascal Siakam because he does all the little things to win. We will likely see jumps in Anunoby’s game over the next few seasons.
LeBron James – 23.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.5 APG
Honorable Mention: Kevin Durant
No surprise that LeBron James is the best player representing the United States. In fact, he is the best player in the world. James has once again led the Los Angeles Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference and The King will be looking to reclaim his throne in the NBA Finals this year. Both Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are runners up, but there is no doubt LeBron reigns supreme in representing the NBA.