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The Best European NBA Players of All Time

Updated December 3, 2020 106.8k votes 14.0k voters 129.7k views146 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 Petrović1
    5,000
    1,705

    Dražen Petrović

    Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceŠibenik, Croatia

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

  • Toni Kukoč2
    2,221
    1,444

    Toni Kukoč

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceSplit, Croatia, Yugoslavia

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

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo3
    3,723
    2,496

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

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    #323 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#69 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Pau Gasol4
    2,658
    1,769

    Pau Gasol

    Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

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    #412 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#34 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • Arvydas Sabonis5
    2,244
    1,486

    Arvydas Sabonis

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceKaunas, Lithuania

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    #10 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s#37 of 82 The Best Portland Trail Blazers of All Time

  • Dirk Nowitzki6
    4,398
    2,959

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

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    #2 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame#42 of 60 Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport

  • Tony Parker7
    2,336
    1,554

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

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    #1422 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#21 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Marc Gasol8
    1,590
    1,049

    Marc Gasol

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

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    #54 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#35 of 75 The Best Current NBA Defenders

  • Kristaps Porziņģis9
    1,373
    893

    Kristaps Porziņģis

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceVentspils, Latvia

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    #5 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now#2 of 30 The Tallest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

  • Nikola Jokić10
    2,299
    1,544

    Nikola Jokić

    Denver Nuggets

    PositionCenter

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    #11 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018#42 of 77 The Coolest NBA Players Right Now, Ranked

  • Peja Stojaković11
    1,956
    1,320

    Peja Stojaković

    Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplacePožega, Croatia

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    #113 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#8 of 52 The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever

  • Vlade Divac12
    1,517
    1,013

    Vlade Divac

    Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionCenter

    BirthplacePrijepolje, Serbia

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    #36 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#33 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • Luka Dončić13
    2,920
    1,978

    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionGuard, Small forward

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    #94 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#12 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

  • Rudy Gobert14
    975
    704

    Rudy Gobert

    Utah Jazz

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceSaint-Quentin, France

  • Goran Dragić15
    1,180
    836

    Goran Dragić

    Miami Heat

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Guard

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

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    #75 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#32 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Detlef Schrempf16
    683
    516

    Detlef Schrempf

    Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceLeverkusen, Germany

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    #181 of 258 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#27 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • Nikola Vučević17
    575
    420

    Nikola Vučević

    Orlando Magic

    PositionPower forward, Center

    BirthplaceMorges, Switzerland

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    #5 of 74 The Best Orlando Magic of All Time#2 of 34 The Greatest USC Basketball Players of All Time

  • Bogdan Bogdanović18
    689
    486

    Bogdan Bogdanović

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceBelgrade, Serbia

  • Danilo Gallinari19
    506
    380

    Danilo Gallinari

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceSant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy

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    #57 of 90 The Best New York Knicks of All Time#16 of 70 The Best Los Angeles Clippers of All Time

  • Andrei Kirilenko20
    833
    730

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    BirthplaceIzhevsk, Russia

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    #130 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#89 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money

  • Bojan Bogdanović21
    628
    512

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    BirthplaceMostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    #42 of 53 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA#13 of 72 The Best Current NBA International Players

  • Boban Marjanović22
    436
    307

    Boban Marjanović

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceZaječar, Serbia

  • Pascal Siakam23
    205
    136

    Pascal Siakam

    Toronto Raptors

    PositionPower forward

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    #7 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#13 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

  • Ricky Rubio24
    765
    690

    Ricky Rubio

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceEl Masnou, Spain

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    #45 of 71 The Best Sleeper Picks For Your Fantasy Basketball Team In 2019-2020#58 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

  • Jusuf Nurkić25
    370
    268

    Jusuf Nurkić

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionCenter

    BirthplaceŽivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    #21 of 25 The Coolest Hairstyles In The NBA Today#35 of 36 Every Player Injured During The 2019-20 NBA Season (So Far)