The NBA is not only home to the best basketball players in the USA but also attracts the brightest talents from around the world. In addition to watching NBA action live, fans can of course use their favorite players in NBA 2K23. While the vast majority of players in the NBA are American, four out of the top five rated players in NBA 2K23 are from outside the U.S. Continue below as we bring you the top 5 international players in NBA 2K23.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (97 OVR)
Giannis Antetokounmpo a.k.a “The Greek Freak” hails from Greece and plays power forward for the Milwaukee Bucks. Chosen 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, the 28 year old 2-time NBA MVP led the Bucks to their first NBA championship since 1971 and was named Finals MVP in 2021. That same year, he was honored as one of the league’s Top 75 greatest players of all-time by being named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. In NBA 2K23, Antetokounmpo has an overall rating of 97, which is the highest in the game along with three other players.
2. Nikola Jokic (97 OVR)
We move from Greece to Serbia for our next top international player in NBA 2K23, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, nicknamed “The Joker”. Jokic is 2-time MVP and a walking triple-double and dime dropper with an overall rating of 97 in NBA 2K23. Jokic is one of the most versatile offensive players in the game and has established himself as the best passing big man / center ever.
3. Joel Embiid (97 OVR)
Leaving the shores of Europe, we head to Africa and Joel Embiid, a.k.a. “The Process”, is one of the best international players in NBA 2K23 and has been recently named the 2022-23 NBA MVP. The Cameroonian-born center plays for Philadelphia 76ers and having dropped to an overall rating of 95 in November 2022, is now up to 97, along with Jokic and Antetokounmpo. He also has decent athleticism and if you were to back a player to score points and outlast his opponents on the court, Embiid would be an excellent choice. If you are looking to have a wager on Embiid this season, then check out this list of the NBA apps to see who’s the best.
4. Luka Doncic (97 OVR)
Continuing our list of the top 5 international players in NBA 2K23 and we return to Europe with Luka Doncic. The Slovenian plays for Dallas Mavericks and the 6’7 guard is a fantastic playmaker and scorer. Doncic won the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 2018-19 season and is sure to contend for league MVP’s well into the future.
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (94 OVR)
Our final player in the top 5 international players in NBA 2K23 is from Canada and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has an overall rating of 94 in the game. That leaves the point guard 3 points behind the other players listed on this page but Gilgeous-Alexander is superb in the playmaking and outside shooting department. He is also gets the vote as one of the best young players to start a franchise with in 2K23.