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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1,264 468
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
771 464
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

3
1,002 627
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

4
874 495
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

5
1,071 490
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

6
716 395
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

7
650 402
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

8
739 387
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

9
510 329
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
512 320
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

11
490 260
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia

12
498 276
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

13
223 65
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

14
233 143
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
248 287
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

16
266 273
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

17
153 76
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
317 327
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

19
208 237
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

20
252 258
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

21
239 234
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

22
215 233
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

23
174 210
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

24
142 187
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Netherlands

25
199 224
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

26
173 222
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

27
135 238
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
98 55
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

29
175 217
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

30
68 24
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

31
122 177
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

32
137 201
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

33
211 208
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

34
93 136
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

35
120 156
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

36
72 41
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Valjevo, Serbia

37
59 27
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Podgorica, Yugoslavia

38
70 43
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

39
65 38
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Šibenik, Croatia

40
152 159
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

41
103 150
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

42
50 23
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland

43
48 22
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

44
101 105
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Wau, South Sudan

45
32 10
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

46
42 25
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

47
47 33
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Portland, Oregon, United States of America

48
47 34
Vassilis Spanoulis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Larissa, Greece

49
114 139
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
14 1
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added