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
1,430 505
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
965 548
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

3
836 512
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

4
1,197 534
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

5
1,087 691
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

6
769 426
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

7
704 432
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

8
807 414
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

9
569 355
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
556 347
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

11
565 286
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia

12
281 86
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

13
549 296
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

14
164 14
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added

15
291 298
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

16
265 314
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

17
256 172
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Createur Barchido Sept added Saint-Quentin, France

18
173 96
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
291 280
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

20
230 254
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

21
338 355
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

22
263 258
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

23
234 256
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

24
183 234
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

25
155 201
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Kingdom of the Netherlands

26
224 240
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

27
182 241
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

28
91 34
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

29
121 69
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

30
194 228
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

31
141 269
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

32
154 215
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

33
82 37
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Podgorica, Yugoslavia

34
235 224
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

35
72 30
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

36
131 195
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

37
101 146
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

38
88 55
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Valjevo, Serbia

39
83 51
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

40
127 173
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

41
70 39
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Portland, Oregon, United States of America

42
77 48
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Šibenik, Croatia

43
62 32
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland

44
160 172
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

45
107 161
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

46
107 114
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Wau, South Sudan

47
43 20
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

48
52 33
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
127 144
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
68 56
Šarūnas Jasikevičius is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rytis Liubartas added Kaunas, Lithuania