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
1,675 563
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
1,410 612
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

3
1,093 619
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

4
1,234 774
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

5
948 580
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

6
854 496
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

7
905 470
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

8
761 506
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

9
645 407
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
714 322
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added

11
616 409
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

12
384 129
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

13
413 45
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added

14
616 348
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

15
334 333
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

16
314 207
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
293 354
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

18
199 134
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
261 288
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
329 324
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

21
386 399
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

22
306 286
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

23
269 286
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

24
204 262
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

25
139 62
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

26
251 270
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

27
170 235
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Netherlands

28
162 95
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

29
200 269
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

30
169 311
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

31
218 255
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

32
103 52
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

33
171 242
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

34
109 63
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Podgorica, Yugoslavia

35
92 47
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland

36
265 254
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

37
119 77
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

38
114 172
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

39
120 87
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Valjevo, Serbia

40
99 66
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
71 35
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

42
137 224
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

43
140 194
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

44
181 185
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

45
54 23
Boban Marjanović is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
tanishields07 added Zaječar, Serbia

46
59 30
Cedi Osman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Adam First added Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

47
115 180
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

48
71 52
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

49
86 74
Šarūnas Jasikevičius is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rytis Liubartas added Kaunas, Lithuania

50
75 61
Vassilis Spanoulis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Larissa, Greece