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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1,180 452
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
950 593
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

3
731 439
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

4
821 466
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

5
679 370
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

6
994 472
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

7
618 385
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

8
699 375
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

9
484 305
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
480 306
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

11
449 241
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia

12
472 260
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

13
196 54
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

14
218 134
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
256 261
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

16
236 276
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

17
135 68
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
303 317
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

19
239 244
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

20
194 231
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
226 227
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

22
202 228
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

23
165 204
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

24
132 183
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Netherlands

25
192 213
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

26
166 213
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

27
130 226
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
170 206
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

29
87 46
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

30
129 192
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

31
115 171
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

32
53 13
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

33
89 129
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

34
117 148
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

35
194 201
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

36
59 30
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Šibenik, Croatia

37
101 143
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

38
61 35
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
145 153
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

40
61 37
Nikos Galis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Union City, New Jersey, United States of America

41
43 19
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Morges, Switzerland

42
46 23
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Podgorica, Yugoslavia

43
94 98
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Wau, South Sudan

44
37 16
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

45
38 21
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

46
41 29
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Portland, Oregon, United States of America

47
24 6
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

48
66 118
Beno Udrih is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Celje, Slovenia

49
106 135
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
41 33
Dimitris Diamantidis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Banged_Doldrums added Kastoria, Greece