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
1,414 502
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
1,182 530
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

3
1,076 683
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

4
949 545
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

5
825 507
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

6
761 421
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

7
699 430
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

8
801 412
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

9
560 352
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
551 344
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

11
555 283
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia

12
274 84
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

13
542 295
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

14
286 298
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

15
261 313
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

16
253 170
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Createur Barchido Sept added Saint-Quentin, France

17
143 12
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added

18
172 94
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Victor Eugene Caccam added Leverkusen, Germany

19
287 280
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

20
226 253
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
335 353
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

22
261 255
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

23
230 254
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

24
182 233
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

25
154 199
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Kingdom of the Netherlands

26
222 239
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

27
181 239
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

28
88 32
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

29
120 66
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

30
191 226
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

31
140 267
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

32
153 213
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

33
80 35
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 Podgorica, Yugoslavia

34
231 222
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

35
131 192
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

36
70 29
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

37
99 146
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

38
85 54
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Valjevo, Serbia

39
126 172
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

40
76 46
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Šibenik, Croatia

41
80 51
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

42
69 38
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Portland, Oregon, United States of America

43
62 31
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland

44
159 171
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

45
107 160
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

46
107 113
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Wau, South Sudan

47
52 32
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

48
42 19
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

49
126 144
Juan Carlos Navarro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain

50
30 8
Cedi Osman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Adam First added Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia