Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo & Other European Players Who Came Into The League and Rose to Stardom

Over the decades, a lot of international players have grabbed headlines for their incredible talent, despite the preconceived notion that foreign players weren't as good. 

Such players have come and gone but continued to create an impact on the league. 

So, here are the top 10 European NBA players ever.

#10 Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert has had a solid NBA career with the Utah Jazz ever since he was drafted by the Nuggets and then traded.  The Freshman has taken home two DPOY awards, being one of the best rim protectors in the NBA today. 

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#9 Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucevic making it to his second All-Star game in 2020-21 is a testament to how great he is. A consistently solid player for Orlando Magic, being crazy versatile and efficient on the offense. He averaged 16.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

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#8 drazen Petrovic

Courtesy of his shooting ability, Drazen made a solid impact in the NBA. Though he played for the Blazers first, he did not get much chance on the court until he joined the New Jersey Nets. This is where he showed his true potential and paved the way for future International players to reach the NBA.

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#7 Marc Gasol

Though he is at the tail of his NBA career and is not amongst the league's big men anymore. But in his prime, his career includes one NBA championship and one DPOY award.  The three-time All-Star was a good contributor to the Raptors title. 

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#6 Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic keeps on rising in his career as the season goes by. The Serbian center has quickly turned the Denver Nuggets into title contenders and is became the third European to win the MVP award this season. 

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#5 Luka Doncic

Once his career is over, he might land on the top of this list. Not only is the Slovenian superstar wreaking havoc in the NBA but also led his Slovenia national team to their first Olympic tournament this year, reaching the semifinals. Although they were defeated by France, he created history and already became a tough competition for the rest.

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#4 Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol played in the NBA for 18 years and was a great player who impacted the game with his abilities. He wasn't a flashy athlete but his fundamentals were solid. The Spanish power forward won two NBA titles with the Lakers, being the second-best player on the team behind Kobe Bryant.

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#3 Tony Parker

In 2007, Tony Parker became the first European player to win the Finals MVP with the San Antonio Spurs. In his 17 seasons, he was part of the most historic 'Big Three' of the Spurs with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. With a plethora of other achievements, he retired with 4 NBA titles. 

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#2 Giannis Antetokounmpo

The two-time NBA MVP has had an extraordinary NBA career so far and the young superstar just bagged his first NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks this season. He is considered to be the next face of the NBA once LeBron and KD retire. 

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#1 Dirk Nowitzki

Not only is Dirk Nowitzki the greatest European to play in the league but also one of the greatest power forwards in the history of the NBA. Despite struggling his first season, the German legend spent 21 years with the Mavericks leading them to an unlikely championship and becoming the first European player to win regular-season MVP. 

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