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

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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Dražen Petrović Šibenik, Croatia

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

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

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Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Peja Stojaković Požega, Croatia

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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Toni Kukoč Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Giannis Antetokounmpo Athens, Greece

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Šarūnas Marčiulionis Kaunas, Lithuania

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

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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Createur Barchido Sept added Rudy Gobert Saint-Quentin, France

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Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Victor Eugene Caccam added Detlef Schrempf Leverkusen, Germany

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

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

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

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Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Boris Diaw Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

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

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

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

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Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Nicolas Batum Lisieux, France

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

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Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Joakim Noah New York City, New York, United States of America

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Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bojan Bogdanović Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
José Calderón Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

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Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Marcin Gortat Łódź, Poland

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Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Nikola Peković Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

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Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Željko Rebrača Prigrevica, Serbia

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Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Lauri Markkanen Vantaa, Finland

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Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ben Gordon London, United Kingdom

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Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Dario Šarić Šibenik, Croatia

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Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Marco Belinelli San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

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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 Nikola Mirotić Podgorica, Yugoslavia

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Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mehmet Okur Yalova, Turkey

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Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Luol Deng Wau, South Sudan

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Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Bogdan Bogdanović Belgrade, Serbia

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

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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 Nikola Vučević Morges, Switzerland

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Beno Udrih is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Beno Udrih Celje, Slovenia

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Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Nikos Galis Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

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Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Danilo Gallinari Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

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Donatas Motiejūnas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
antonio-parente added Donatas Motiejūnas Kaunas, Lithuania

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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Jusuf Nurkić Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Domantas Sabonis Portland, Oregon, United States of America

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Juan Carlos Navarro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Juan Carlos Navarro Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain

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Omri Casspi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Omri Casspi Holon, Israel