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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
Würzburg, Germany
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK ...more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece
Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek ...more

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain
Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol]; born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers ...more

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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium
William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional basketball player. The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years for Paris ...more

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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia
Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional ...more

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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia
Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added
Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more

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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia
Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ ˈstôjaːkoʋit͜ɕ]; born June 9, 1977), also known by his nickname Peja (pronounced [ˈpêd͡ʑa]), is ...more

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania
Arvydas Romas Sabonis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈaːrviːdaːs ˈsaːboːnʲɪs]; born December 19, 1964) is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of ...more

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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain
Marc Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈmaɾɡ ɡəˈzɔl]; born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Toni Kukoč (pronounced [kukotʃ]; born September 18, 1968) is a Croatian retired professional basketball player who is currently Special Advisor to Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Chicago ...more

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Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia
Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced [ʋlǎːde dǐːʋats]; born February 3, 1968) is a Serbian professional basketball executive and retired player, currently serving as the vice ...more

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Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia
Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) tall, and ...more

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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
Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national ...more

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Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia
Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981) is a Russian basketball executive and retired professional basketball player, currently the ...more

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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard ...more

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Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania
Raimondas Šarūnas Marčiulionis ([ˈrɐ̂ˑɪ̯mɔndɐs ʃɐˈrûːnɐs mɐrʲtɕʊˈlʲôːnʲɪs] (listen)) (born June 13, 1964) is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player. Widely considered as ...more

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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia
Bogdan Bogdanović (Serbian: Богдан Богдановић; born August 18, 1992) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The ...more

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Victor Eugene Caccam added Leverkusen, Germany
Detlef Schrempf (born 21 January 1963) is a German-American retired professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies from 1981 to 1985, and was drafted ...more

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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland
Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball ...more

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Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey
Hidayet "Hedo" Türkoğlu (Turkish pronunciation: [hidaːˈjet ˈtyɾkoːɫu]; born March 19, 1979) is a Turkish former professional basketball player and current president of the Turkish ...more

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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain
Ricard Rubio i Vives (born October 21, 1990) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rubio became the youngest player ever ...more

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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania
Jonas Valančiūnas (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈjoːnɐs vɐɫɐnʲˈtɕûːnɐs]; born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball ...more

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
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Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more

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Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland
Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the 2017 NBA draft, he was taken by ...more

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