List of French NBA players

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The following is a list of French players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). This list also includes players who were born outside France but have represented the French national team.

Key[edit]

Pos. G F C
Position Guard Forward Center
* Denotes player who is still active in the NBA

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Players[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2010–11 season.

Player Pos. Team(s) played Career[a] Regular season Playoffs Year (pick) Team Notes Ref.
Games played NBA Draft
Cousy, BobBob Cousy PG Boston Celtics
Cincinnati Royals
19501971 924 109 1950 (3rd) Tri-Cities Blackhawks Born in the United States by French immigrants living in New York City. [1]
Abdul-Wahad, TariqTariq Abdul-Wahad
(formerly Olivier Saint-Jean)
F Sacramento Kings
Orlando Magic
Denver Nuggets
Dallas Mavericks
19972003 1997 (11th) Sacramento Kings [2]
Ajinça, AlexisAlexis Ajinça F Charlotte Bobcats
Dallas Mavericks
Toronto Raptors
2008–present 2008 (20th) Dallas Mavericks [3]
Batum, NicolasNicolas Batum* F Portland Trail Blazers
Charlotte Hornets
2008–present 2008 (25th) Houston Rockets [4]
Beaubois, RodrigueRodrigue Beaubois* G Dallas Mavericks 2009–present 2009 (25th) Oklahoma City Thunder Born in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the Caribbean. [5]
Carter, HowardHoward Carter G Denver Nuggets
Dallas Mavericks
19831984 1983 (15th) Denver Nuggets Born in the United States, became a naturalized French citizen, represented France internationally during his playing career.[6] [7]
de Colo, NandoNando de Colo* PG/SG San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors
2009–present 2009 (53rd) San Antonio Spurs
Diaw, BorisBoris Diaw* F/C Atlanta Hawks
Phoenix Suns
Charlotte Bobcats
San Antonio Spurs
Utah Jazz
2003–present 2003 (21st) Atlanta Hawks [8]
Diawara, YakhoubaYakhouba Diawara F Denver Nuggets
Miami Heat
20062010 Undrafted Denver Nuggets [9]
Fournier, EvanEvan Fournier* G Denver Nuggets
Orlando Magic
2012–present 2012 (20th) Denver Nuggets
Gelabale, MickaëlMickaël Gelabale F Seattle SuperSonics
Minnesota Timberwolves
20062008,2013 2005 (48th) Seattle SuperSonics Born in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the Caribbean. [10]
Mahinmi, IanIan Mahinmi* C San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks
Indiana Pacers
2007–present 2005 (28th) San Antonio Spurs [11]
Moiso, JeromeJérôme Moïso F Boston Celtics
Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets
Toronto Raptors
New Jersey Nets
Cleveland Cavaliers
20002005 2000 (11th) Boston Celtics [12]
Noah, JoakimJoakim Noah* C Chicago Bulls 2007–present 266 28 2007 (9th) Chicago Bulls Born in the United States to a French father and a Swedish mother, grew up in the United States, became a French citizen and represents France internationally[13] [14]
Parker, TonyTony Parker* G San Antonio Spurs 2001–present 2001 (28th) San Antonio Spurs Born in Belgium to an naturalized American-born father and a Dutch-American mother, grew up in France, represents France internationally.[15] [16]
Petro, JohanJohan Petro C Seattle SuperSonics
Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets
Atlanta Hawks
20052013 2005 (25th) Seattle SuperSonics [17]
Pietrus, MickaelMickaël Piétrus* G/F Golden State Warriors
Orlando Magic
Phoenix Suns
Boston Celtics
Toronto Raptors
2003–present 2003 (11th) Golden State Warriors Born in Guadeloupe, a French overseas department in the Caribbean. [18]
Rigaudeau, AntoineAntoine Rigaudeau G Dallas Mavericks 2003 Undrafted Dallas Mavericks [19]
Séraphin, KevinKevin Séraphin* F Washington Wizards
New York Knicks
2010–present 2010 (17th) Chicago Bulls Born in French Guiana, a French overseas department in South America. [20]
Sy, PapePape Sy F/G Atlanta Hawks 20102011 2010 (53rd) Atlanta Hawks
Turiaf, RonnyRonny Turiaf* F Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors
New York Knicks
Washington Wizards
Miami Heat
Los Angeles Clippers
Minnesota Timberwolves
2005–present 2005 (37th) Los Angeles Lakers Born in Martinique, a French overseas department in the Caribbean. [21]
Gobert, RudyRudy Gobert* C Utah Jazz 2013–present 2013 (27th) Denver Nuggets Born in Saint-Quentin, France. [22]

Drafted but never played[edit]

Player Pos. Year (pick) Team Notes Ref.
NBA draft
Lefebvre, Jean-ClaudeJean-Claude Lefebvre 1960 (64th) Minneapolis Lakers
Digbeu, AlainAlain Digbeu 1997 (50th) Atlanta Hawks
Weis, FrédéricFrédéric Weis 1999 (15th) New York Knicks
Morlende, PaccelisPaccelis Morlende 2003 (50th) Philadelphia 76ers
(traded to Seattle SuperSonics on draft-day)

Notes[edit]

  • a Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynolds, Bill (2005). Cousy: His Life, Career, and the Birth of Big-Time Basketball. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 23. ISBN 0-7432-5476-7. 
  2. ^ "Tariq Abdul-Wahad Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Alexis Ajinca Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nicolas Batum Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rodrigue Beaubois Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Howard O'Neal Jr. Carter Bio". FIBA Europe. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Howard Carter Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Boris Diaw Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Yakhouba Diawara Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Mickaël Gelabale Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ian Mahinmi Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jérôme Moïso Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ "FRA – Noah cleared to play for France". FIBA. October 8, 2007. Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Joakim Noah Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Parker wil be speedy foe for Nets". Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. June 2, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Tony Parker Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Johan Petro Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Mickaël Piétrus Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Antoine Rigaudeau Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Kevin Séraphin Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Ronny Turiaf Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Rudy Gobert NBA & ABA Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 

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