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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1,175 451
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
728 437
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

3
816 462
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

4
944 593
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

5
673 368
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

6
987 472
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

7
614 383
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Croatia

8
694 373
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

9
481 303
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
475 306
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

11
445 239
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia

12
470 259
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

13
196 52
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

14
215 132
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Createur Barchido Sept added Saint-Quentin, France

15
254 259
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

16
234 273
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

17
132 66
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Victor Eugene Caccam added Leverkusen, Germany

18
297 315
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

19
237 242
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

20
192 230
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

21
225 226
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

22
201 226
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

23
164 202
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

24
191 211
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

25
131 182
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Netherlands

26
166 211
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

27
130 223
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

28
169 204
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

29
86 44
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

30
129 191
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

31
114 169
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

32
89 128
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

33
117 147
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

34
50 12
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

35
192 200
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

36
101 141
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

37
58 29
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Šibenik, Croatia

38
145 151
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

39
60 34
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Valjevo, Serbia

40
59 37
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

41
43 18
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland

42
94 96
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Wau, South Sudan

43
46 23
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Podgorica, Yugoslavia

44
36 16
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

45
38 20
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

46
41 28
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Portland, Oregon, United States of America

47
66 117
Beno Udrih is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Celje, Slovenia

48
23 6
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

49
62 115
Donatas Motiejūnas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
antonio-parente added Kaunas, Lithuania

50
105 135
Juan Carlos Navarro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain