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
1,361 497
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Würzburg, Germany

2
1,157 513
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
brianbiancardi added Athens, Greece

3
935 533
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

4
810 495
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bruges, Belgium

5
1,064 675
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ArminSamardzic added Šibenik, Croatia

6
753 416
Peja Stojaković is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Požega, Croatia

7
688 424
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

8
793 407
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

9
550 349
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Barcelona, Spain

10
543 340
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Prijepolje, Serbia

11
536 279
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Sombor, Serbia

12
535 291
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Ljubljana, Slovenia

13
261 81
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
CzarinaQuerubin added Ventspils, Latvia

14
281 292
Šarūnas Marčiulionis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Kaunas, Lithuania

15
258 309
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Izhevsk, Russia

16
251 163
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

17
167 90
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
110 10
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ElseñorFuzzo added

19
281 276
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
El Masnou, Spain

20
332 349
Hedo Türkoğlu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Gaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

21
220 251
Dino Rađa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
gerard-ocón added Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia

22
256 252
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Utena, Lithuania

23
228 251
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Kaunas, Lithuania

24
180 228
Boris Diaw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France

25
152 197
Rik Smits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Eindhoven, Netherlands

26
219 237
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Braunschweig, Germany

27
181 235
Nicolas Batum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Lisieux, France

28
117 65
Lauri Markkanen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tero Nousiainen added Vantaa, Finland

29
83 30
Bogdan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
David Lukič added Belgrade, Serbia

30
139 264
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
New York City, New York, United States of America

31
187 225
Bojan Bogdanović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

32
149 212
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

33
229 220
Mehmet Okur is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Yalova, Turkey

34
77 35
Nikola Mirotić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Podgorica, Yugoslavia

35
129 189
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Łódź, Poland

36
99 144
Željko Rebrača is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
ZA Terorizam added Prigrevica, Serbia

37
67 28
Danilo Gallinari is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

38
125 170
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

39
81 52
Milos Teodosic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Valjevo, Serbia

40
78 50
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
72 43
Dario Šarić is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Guest_6341db31-e352-42b2-8645-287ea8f62587 added Šibenik, Croatia

42
66 37
Domantas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Rimantas Rachlickas added Portland, Oregon, United States of America

43
60 30
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
159 169
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy

45
107 159
Ben Gordon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
London, United Kingdom

46
107 112
Luol Deng is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Tomstar123 added Wau, South Sudan

47
41 17
Ersan İlyasova is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Алпан Балкыш added Eskişehir, Turkey

48
50 31
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
125 144
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
29 7
Cedi Osman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best European NBA Players of All Time
Adam First added Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia