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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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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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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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain Marc Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted 48th overall in the 2007 ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania Jonas Valančiūnas is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. He is a member of the Lithuanian national ...more

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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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Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod, better known as Boris Diaw, is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. Diaw ...more