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The Best European NBA Players of All Time

Updated May 18, 2021 111.5k votes 16.9k voters 146.1k views131 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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  • 1

    Toni Kukoč

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers
    2,322
    1,822

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia, Yugoslavia

    3× NBA champion (1996–1998)
    NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1996)

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    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets
    6,740
    1,926

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

    All-NBA Third Team (1993)

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    Arvydas Sabonis

    Portland Trail Blazers
    2,268
    1,806

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)

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    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks
    4,611
    3,741

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    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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    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks
    3,873
    3,127

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    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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    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks
    3,089
    2,443

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    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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    Nikola Jokić

    Denver Nuggets
    2,443
    1,955

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceSombor, Serbia

    3× NBA All-Star (2019–2021)
    All-NBA First Team (2019)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

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    Pau Gasol

    Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers
    2,696
    2,175

    PositionPower forward, Center

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    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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    Peja Stojaković

    Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings
    1,950
    1,565

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

    NBA champion (2011)
    3× NBA All-Star (2002–2004)
    2× NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2002, 2003)

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    Marc Gasol

    Los Angeles Lakers
    1,567
    1,250

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    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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    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets
    2,349
    1,896

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    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)

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    Domantas Sabonis

    Indiana Pacers
    190
    114

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

    2× NBA All-Star (2020, 2021)

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    Vlade Divac

    Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets
    1,504
    1,200

    PositionCenter

    BirthplacePrijepolje, Serbia

    NBA All-Star (2001)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (1990)

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    Rudy Gobert

    Utah Jazz
    1,005
    789

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceSaint-Quentin, France

    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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    Goran Dragić

    Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns
    1,190
    943

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    NBA All-Star (2018)
    NBA Most Improved Player (2014)

    NBA Finals Runner-Up (2020)

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    Detlef Schrempf

    Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers
    702
    543

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceLeverkusen, Germany

    3× NBA All-Star (1993, 1995, 1997)
    2× NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1991, 1992)

     

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    Bogdan Bogdanović

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings
    692
    531

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

    NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP (2018)

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    Nikola Vučević

    Chicago Bulls
    581
    441

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceMorges, Switzerland

    2× NBA All-Star (2019, 2021)

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    Kristaps Porziņģis

    Dallas Mavericks
    1,321
    1,056

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

    NBA All-Star (2018)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2016)

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    865
    718

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceIzhevsk, Russia

    NBA All-Star (2004)
    NBA All-Defensive First Team (2006)
    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2002)
    NBA blocks leader (2005)

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    Danilo Gallinari

    Atlanta Hawks
    500
    410

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceSant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

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    632
    527

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2015)

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    Ricky Rubio

    Cleveland Cavaliers
    762
    676

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceEl Masnou, Spain

    NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)

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    Jusuf Nurkić

    Portland Trail Blazers
    387
    283

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceŽivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2015)

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    Šarūnas Jasikevičius

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors
    358
    230

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania