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The Best European NBA Players of All Time 

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Updated February 10, 2020 73.3k votes 9.5k voters 99.2k views 138 items

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 and sometimes even the EuroLeague. 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
Power forward from Würzburg, Germany

Age: 41

Number: 41

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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 Small forward and Point forward from Athens, Greece

Age: 25

Number: 34

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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
Power forward and Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 39

Number: 16

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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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#15 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History #10 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Center from Kaunas, Lithuania

Age: 55

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Center from Sombor, Serbia

Age: 24

Number: 15

Teams: Denver Nuggets

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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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Shooting guard from Šibenik, Croatia

Age: Dec. at 29 (1964-1993)

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

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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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Small forward from Požega, Croatia

Age: 42

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

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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#19 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History #12 of 106 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Bruges, Belgium

Age: 37

Number: 9

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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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added Guard and Small forward from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Number: 11

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Small forward from Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Age: 51

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

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) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Center from Prijepolje, Serbia

Age: 51

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

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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#325 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #32 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Center from Barcelona, Spain

Age: 34

Number: 33

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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

Age: 24

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

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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#362 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #39 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Age: 33

Number: 7

Teams: Miami Heat

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

Age: 27

Number: 27

Teams: Utah Jazz

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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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Center from Utena, Lithuania

Age: 27

Number: 17

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

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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#72 of 87 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #74 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

Age: 40

Number: 15

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic

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

Age: 29

Number: 9

Teams: Orlando Magic

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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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Victor Eugene Caccam added Small forward and Power forward from Leverkusen, Germany

Age: 56

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Supersonics

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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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Shooting guard from Belgrade, Serbia

Age: 27

Number: 8

Teams: Sacramento Kings

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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Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from El Masnou, Spain

Age: 29

Number: 9

Teams: Phoenix Suns

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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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Small forward and Power forward from Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

Age: 31

Number: 8

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

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) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added

Number: 24

Teams: Chicago Bulls

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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Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Center from Kaunas, Lithuania

Age: 44

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Lithuanian: Žydrūnas Ilgauskas; Lithuanian pronunciation: [ʑiːˈdrûːnɐs ɪɫˈɡɐ̂ˑʊ̯skɐs] (listen); born June 5, 1975) is a Lithuanian American retired professional ...more
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Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Shooting guard from Kaunas, Lithuania

Age: 55

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

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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