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The Best European NBA Players of All Time

Updated March 22, 2021 103.8k votes 14.6k voters 133.5k views130 items

List RulesVote 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 and sometimes even the EuroLeague. 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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    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    All-NBA Third Team (1993)

    No. 3 retired by Brooklyn Nets

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    #1 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#3 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 2
    2,221
    1,552

    Toni Kukoč

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    3× NBA champion (1996–1998)

    NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1996)

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    #45 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#13 of 22 The Best Small Forwards of the 90s

  • 3
    3,690
    2,608

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2019, 2020)

    5× NBA All-Star (2017–2021)

    NBA All-Star Game MVP (2021)

    2× All-NBA First Team (2019, 2020)

    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2020)

    2× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2019, 2020)

    NBA Most Improved Player (2017)

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    4,407
    3,125

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    NBA champion (2011)

    NBA Finals MVP (2011)

    NBA Most Valuable Player (2007)

    14× NBA All-Star (2002–2012, 2014, 2015, 2019)

    4× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007, 2009)

    50–40–90 club (2007)

    NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2006)

    NBA Teammate of the Year (2017)

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    1,942
    1,352

    Peja Stojaković

    Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

    NBA champion (2011)

    3× NBA All-Star (2002–2004)

    2× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2002, 2003)

    No. 16 retired by Sacramento Kings

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    #8 of 20 The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History#8 of 52 The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever

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    2,642
    1,856

    Pau Gasol

    Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

    2× NBA champion (2009, 2010)

    6× NBA All-Star (2006, 2009–2011, 2015, 2016)

    NBA Rookie of the Year (2002)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)

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    #454 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#24 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • 7
    2,925
    2,052

    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks

    2× NBA All-Star (2020, 2021)

    All-NBA First Team (2020)

    NBA Rookie of the Year (2019)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2019)

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    #48 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#24 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • 8
    2,321
    1,625

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    4× NBA champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)

    NBA Finals MVP (2007)

    6× NBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012–2014)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)

    No. 9 retired by San Antonio Spurs

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    #1423 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#39 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

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    1,510
    1,041

    Vlade Divac

    Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets

    NBA All-Star (2001)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

    No. 21 retired by Sacramento Kings

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    #34 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#12 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s

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    2,241
    1,568

    Arvydas Sabonis

    Portland Trail Blazers

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)

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    #40 of 82 The Best Portland Trail Blazers of All Time#2 of 35 The Best Portland Trail Blazers Centers of All Time

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    1,576
    1,090

    Marc Gasol

    Los Angeles Lakers

    NBA champion (2019)

    3× NBA All-Star (2012, 2015, 2017)

    All-NBA First Team (2015)

    NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2013)

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    #42 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#16 of 69 The Best Toronto Raptors of All Time

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    2,300
    1,611

    Nikola Jokić

    Denver Nuggets

    3× NBA All-Star (2019–2021)

    All-NBA First Team (2019)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

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    #23 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018#76 of 91 The Best Current NBA Defenders

  • 13
    1,351
    928

    Kristaps Porziņģis

    Dallas Mavericks

    NBA All-Star (2018)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

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    #8 of 67 The Best NBA Centers Right Now#2 of 30 The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

  • 14
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    710

    Rudy Gobert

    Utah Jazz

    2× NBA All-Star (2020, 2021)

    2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2018, 2019)

    4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2017–2020)

    NBA blocks leader (2017)

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    1,171
    835

    Goran Dragić

    Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns

    NBA All-Star (2018)

    NBA Most Improved Player (2014)

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    #78 of 103 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#99 of 265 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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    685
    514

    Detlef Schrempf

    Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers

    3× NBA All-Star (1993, 1995, 1997)

    2× NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1991, 1992)

     

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    #125 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#61 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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    Nikola Vučević

    Chicago Bulls

    2× NBA All-Star (2019, 2021)

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    #5 of 74 The Best Orlando Magic of All Time#62 of 68 The Best Current NBA Shot Blockers

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    497

    Bogdan Bogdanović

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

    NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP (2018)

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    508
    394

    Danilo Gallinari

    Atlanta Hawks

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    #7 of 51 The Best Current NBA Free-Throw Shooters#57 of 90 The Best New York Knicks of All Time

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    845
    715

    NBA All-Star (2004)

    NBA All-Defensive First Team (2006)

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)

    NBA blocks leader (2005)

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    #37 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#128 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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    120
    59

    Domantas Sabonis

    Indiana Pacers

    2× NBA All-Star (2020, 2021)

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    #89 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#8 of 92 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

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    513

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    #34 of 75 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA#13 of 85 The Best Current NBA International Players

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    Boban Marjanović

    Dallas Mavericks

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    #39 of 93 The Best Detroit Pistons of All Time#48 of 328 The Best San Antonio Spurs of All Time

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    Jusuf Nurkić

    Portland Trail Blazers

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    Šarūnas Jasikevičius

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors