NBA The Best European NBA Players of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the greatest Europe-born players ever to play in the NBA

This list of European NBA players includes some of the games biggest basketball stars. From Tony Parker, Paul Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Dirk Nowitzki to Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakavic, and Hedo Turkoglu it is clear that the path to the NBA runs through Europe. Some of the NBA greatest scorers and biggest stars are included in this list of the best NBA players born in Europe.

Many of these European NBA players also played in the NBA playoffs and some have even won NBA championships. Now it's your turn to vote for who you think are the greatest European basketball players of all time. If we missed any other foreign basketball players, feel free to add them to the list so that other basketball fans and Rankers can vote on them.

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Dirk Nowitzki Würzburg, Germany

2
800 504
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Dražen Petrović Šibenik, Croatia

3
694 391
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Pau Gasol Barcelona, Spain

4
810 413
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Giannis Antetokounmpo Athens, Greece - Sepolia, Athens, Greece

5
610 356
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker Bruges, Belgium

6
560 305
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Peja Stojaković Požega, Croatia

7
527 315
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Toni Kukoč Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

8
596 331
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Arvydas Sabonis Kaunas, Lithuania

9
412 268
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Vlade Divac Prijepolje, Serbia

10
408 269
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Marc Gasol Barcelona, Spain

11
412 222
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Goran Dragić Ljubljana, Slovenia

12
361 208
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Nikola Jokic Sombor, Serbia

13
229 220
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Kaunas, Lithuania

14
101 30
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added portzingis Ventspils, Latvia

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166 110
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Createur Barchido Sept added Rudy Gobert Saint-Quentin, France

16
197 243
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Andrei Kirilenko Izhevsk, Russia

17
205 214
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ricky Rubio El Masnou, Spain

18
92 45
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Victor Eugene Caccam added Detlef Schrempf Leverkusen, Germany

19
203 199
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Jonas Valančiūnas Utena, Lithuania

20
172 192
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Dino Rađa Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

21
248 274
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Hedo Türkoğlu Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

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176 201
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Kaunas, Lithuania

23
168 184
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Dennis Schröder Braunschweig, Germany

24
139 175
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

25
144 190
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum Lisieux, France

26
51 31
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Lauri Markkanen Jyväskylä, Finland

27
144 182
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bojan Bogdanović Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

28
161 178
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mehmet Okur Yalova, Turkey

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126 139
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Marco Belinelli San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

30
114 162
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rik Smits Eindhoven, Netherlands

31
32 13
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Dario Šarić Šibenik, Croatia

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34 16
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Milos Teodosic Valjevo, Serbia

33
29 10
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Nikola Mirotić Podgorica, Yugoslavia

34
114 169
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
José Calderón Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

35
38 24
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Nikos Galis Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

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76 81
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Luol Deng Wau, South Sudan

37
112 187
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Joakim Noah New York City, New York, United States of America

38
99 151
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Łódź, Poland

39
78 106
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Željko Rebrača Prigrevica, Serbia

40
89 125
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ben Gordon London, United Kingdom

41
42 33
Šarūnas Jasikevičius is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rytis Liubartas added Šarūnas Jesikevičius Kaunas, Lithuania - Kaunas, Lithuania

42
23 8
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Nikola Vučević Morges, Switzerland

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103 124
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Peković Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

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97 119
Juan Carlos Navarro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Juan Carlos Navarro Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain

45
15 2
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Bogdan Bogdanović Belgrade, Serbia

46
19 8
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Jusuf Nurkić Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

47
24 16
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Domantas Sabonis Portland, Oregon, United States of America

48
62 97
Beno Udrih is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Beno Udrih Celje, Slovenia

49
23 17
Vassilis Spanoulis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Vassilis Spanoulis Larissa, Greece

50
83 112
Pero Antić is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Pero Antić Skopje, Yugoslavia