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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2,012 640
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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1,688 719
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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1,426 896
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 3 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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1,075 659
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium
William Anthony "Tony" Parker, Jr. is a French professional basketball player who plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. The son of a professional ...more

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1,266 720
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 5 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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995 560
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

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1,029 531
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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871 588
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 8 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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918 375
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 9 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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731 477
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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734 459
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

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700 87
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 12 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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522 181
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 13 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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687 409
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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366 403
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 15 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

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395 244
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
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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380 390
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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491 457
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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249 184
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

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301 342
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

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373 380
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

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320 331
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

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336 337
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

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209 101
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

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234 123
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