Basketball 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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2,347 706
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany
Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the ...more
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1,986 841
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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1,238 750
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 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 in the French ...more
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1,441 805
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain
Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more
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1,615 1,006
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia
Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National ...more
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1,125 624
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia
Predrag Stojaković, also known by his nickname Peja, is a Serbian retired professional basketball player. He also holds Greek citizenship. Standing at 6 ft 10, Stojaković played mostly at the ...more
7
1,118 435
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia
Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more
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1,168 594
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania
Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, he won the Euroscar Award six times, and ...more
9
985 660
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Toni Kukoč is a retired Croatian professional basketball player. Kukoč was renowned for his versatility and passing ability; although his natural position was small forward, he played all five ...more
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840 539
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain
Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall by the ...more
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838 514
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia
Vlade Divac is a retired Serbian professional basketball player and current sports administrator. Divac spent most of his career in the National Basketball Association. At 7 ft 1 in, he played ...more
12
641 248
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia
Kristaps Porziņģis 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 plays both the power ...more
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920 133
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
758 457
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Goran Dragić is a Slovenian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He plays at both the point guard and shooting guard ...more
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482 285
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Createur Barchido Sept added Saint-Quentin, France
Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the French national basketball team in the ...more
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421 460
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia
Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko is a Russian professional basketball player who currently plays for CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League. At age fifteen, Kirilenko began playing professional ...more
17
419 438
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 is a retired Lithuanian professional basketball player. Born in Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union, he was one of the first Europeans to become a regular in the ...more
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545 521
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey
Hidayet "Hedo" Türkoğlu is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. The 6'10" forward ...more
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301 222
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 is a German-American retired professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies from 1981–1985, and was drafted into the National Basketball ...more
20
341 387
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Dino Rađa, transcribed in English as Dino Radja, is a retired Croatian basketball player. He was a member of the Jugoplastika Split team of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which he helped in ...more
21
423 421
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain
Ricard "Ricky" Rubio i Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Rubio became the ...more
22
358 369
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a retired Lithuanian-born American professional basketball center of the National Basketball Association. He played for the Cavaliers from 1996 to 2010, and is the team's ...more
23
387 361
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania
Jonas Valančiūnas (born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Toronto Raptors ...more
24
272 125
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia
Bogdan Bogdanović is a Serbian professional basketball player who plays for Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish Basketball League. He also represents the Serbian national basketball ...more
25
288 145
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