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The Best European NBA Players of All Time

Updated June 15, 2020 105.0k votes 12.4k voters 122.0k views136 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
    Dirk Nowitzki
    4,386
    2,571

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Würzburg, Germany

    PositionPower forward

    Age42

    Number41

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Dražen Petrović
    4,275
    1,651

    Dražen Petrović

    Šibenik, Croatia

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 29 (1964-1993)

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Toni Kukoč
    2,182
    1,298

    Toni Kukoč

    Split, Croatia

    PositionSmall forward

    Age52

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

    Toni Kukoč (pronounced [kukotʃ]; born September 18, 1968) is a Croatian retired professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Luka Dončić
    2,928
    1,711
    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Giannis Antetokounmpo
    3,755
    2,383

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Athens, Greece

    PositionSmall forward, Point forward

    Age26

    Number34

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Kristaps Porziņģis
    1,389
    785

    Kristaps Porziņģis

    Ventspils, Latvia

    PositionPower forward

    Age25

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porziņģis (born 2 August 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Arvydas Sabonis
    2,271
    1,390

    Arvydas Sabonis

    Kaunas, Lithuania

    PositionCenter

    Age56

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Arvydas Romas Sabonis (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈaːrviːdaːs ˈsaːboːnʲɪs]; born December 19,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Vlade Divac
    1,533
    954

    Vlade Divac

    Prijepolje, Serbia

    PositionCenter

    Age52

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers

    Vlade Divac (Serbian Cyrillic: Владе Дивац, pronounced [ʋlǎːde dǐːʋats]; born February 3,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Marc Gasol
    1,619
    1,013

    Marc Gasol

    Barcelona, Spain

    PositionCenter

    Age35

    Number33

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Tony Parker
    2,325
    1,484

    Tony Parker

    Bruges, Belgium

    PositionPoint guard

    Age38

    Number9

    William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Pau Gasol
    2,679
    1,761

    Pau Gasol

    Barcelona, Spain

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age40

    Number16

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol];... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Nikola Jokic
    2,279
    1,480

    Nikola Jokic

    Sombor, Serbia

    PositionCenter

    Age25

    Number15

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Peja Stojaković
    1,981
    1,317

    Peja Stojaković

    Požega, Croatia

    PositionSmall forward

    Age43

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans

    Predrag Stojaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Стојаковић, pronounced [ˌprêdraːɡ... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Goran Dragić
    1,201
    844

    Goran Dragić

    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Guard

    Age34

    Number7

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Goran Dragić (born 6 May 1986) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Miami... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Rudy Gobert
    980
    696

    Rudy Gobert

    Saint-Quentin, France

    PositionCenter

    Age28

    Number27

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Bogdan Bogdanović
    707
    467

    Bogdan Bogdanović

    Belgrade, Serbia

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    Number8

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanović (Serbian: Богдан Богдановић; born August 18, 1992) is a Serbian professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Danilo Gallinari
    508
    355

    Danilo Gallinari

    Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age32

    Number8

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈniːlo ɡalliˈnaːri]; born August 8, 1988) is an... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Detlef Schrempf
    680
    516

    Detlef Schrempf

    Leverkusen, Germany

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age57

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Supersonics

    Detlef Schrempf (born 21 January 1963) is a German-American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Nikola Vučević
    556
    410

    Nikola Vučević

    Morges, Switzerland

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age30

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Pascal Siakam
    Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Bojan Bogdanović
    637
    511

    Bojan Bogdanović

    Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age31

    Number44

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Bojan Bogdanović (Croatian pronunciation: [ˌbǒjan boɡˈdǎːnoʋit͜ɕ]; born April 18, 1989) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Ricky Rubio
    785
    710

    Ricky Rubio

    El Masnou, Spain

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    Number9

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Ricard Rubio i Vives (born October 21, 1990) is a Spanish professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Andrei Kirilenko
    833
    767

    Andrei Kirilenko

    Izhevsk, Russia

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age39

    Number47

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (Russian: Андрей Геннадьевич Кириленко; born February 18, 1981)... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Boban Marjanović
    427
    288

    Boban Marjanović

    Zaječar, Serbia

    PositionCenter

    Age32

    Number51

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Boban Marjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бобан Марјановић; born August 15, 1988) is a Serbian... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Nikola Mirotić
    388
    317

    Nikola Mirotić

    Podgorica, Yugoslavia

    PositionPower forward

    Age28

    Number41

    TeamsFC Barcelona

    Nikola Mirotić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Миротић; born February 11, 1991) is a... more on Wikipedia