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Tony Parker's birthday: The 30 best Europeans of all time
Bon anniversaire, Tony Parker! The French point guard turns 37 today, May 17th, he was one of the best Europeans in history. We rank in the top 30!
30th place: Dino Radja (Croatia) - The center only played in the NBA for four years in the 90s, but his unique skill set and soft hand are remembered.
29th place: Nicolas Batum (France) - As versatile as few in the league. In Charlotte first a leading player, then more of a million dollar grave, now a big surprise for the Clippers.
28th place: Dennis Schröder (Germany) - currently probably the best scorer among European point guards. Alongside Chris Paul in OKC, he went through a process of maturation, now he's reaching out to LeBron James after his first championship.
27th place: Danilo Gallinari (Italy) - reliable scorer, but often injured. In OKC he finally played another season, with the Hawks he is now coming off the bench in a new role.
Place 26: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Lithuania) - In Cleveland, the center with the soft hand was an institution. Has also been All-Star twice.
25th place: Luol Deng (England) - The prototype of the 3-and-D player. Hardly any European played such an elitist defense as Deng, even if that was recently forgotten.
Place 24: Mehmet Okur (Turkey) - One of the first stretch fives in the noughties. Double-double machine in jazz.
23rd place: Ricky Rubio (Spain) - Came into the league as a child prodigy. If the shot were there, he would be one of the best players in the league.
22nd place: Boris Diaw (France) - one of the league's smartest players. Not always well trained, but extremely valuable as a team player. Enjoyed cult status.
21st place: Hedo Turkoglu (Turkey) - creative winger with a strong shoot. Turned up regularly, especially in the playoffs.
20th place: Sarunas Marciulionis (Lithuania) - first Eastern European in the league. Was a pioneer for many and also a real microwave for the Warriors from the bank.
19th place: Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia) - Enthusiastic Madison Square Garden with his skills. In Dallas he showed good approaches, even if injuries threw him back again and again.
18th place: Goran Dragic (Slovenia) - MIP, All-Star, plus a third team NBA. In the heaviest position a constant over the years and now the dynamo of the Miami Heat.
17th place: Joakim Noah (France) - An MVP and DPOY contender in his marriage with the Bulls. Later, unfortunately, slowed down by injuries and a certain party anger.
16th place: Rik Smits (Netherlands) - The anchor of the Pacers. Had a soft hand and was difficult to conquer due to his height of 2.24 meters.
15th place: Andrei Kirilenko (Russia) - The all-purpose weapon. AK-47 was arguably more variable than anyone before him. Besides him, only Hakeem Olajuwon managed to play three 5x5 games.
Place 14: Rudy Gobert (France) - The jazz giant will be a contender for Defensive Player of the Year for years; in 2018 and 2019 he already won the award.
11th place: Detlef Schrempf (Germany) - first European with 15,000 points. Schrempf shone for years in good teams as the second and third option.
Place 10: Vlade Divac (Serbia) - One of the most intelligent centers of its time. Valuable even in old age with the Kings at both ends of the field.
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9th place: Luka Doncic (Slovenia) - The child prodigy is likely to take many steps forward in the years to come. At the age of 22 already an MVP candidate and in three NBA years already twice All-Star and once All-NBA First Team.
8th place: Nikola Jokic (Serbia) - Has the potential to become a really big player. His skill set is unique in the league, his game is must watch TV. He only has weaknesses in defense and is now a three-time all-star.
7th place: Marc Gasol (Spain) - Long the face of the grizzlies. Strong on defense, a huge arsenal on offense. In the fall of his career champion with Toronto.
6th place: Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania) - Unfortunately, he did not experience his prime in the NBA. Performances such as at the 1988 Olympics against David Robinson give an idea of what a force of nature he was.
5th place: Drazen Petrovic (Croatia) - He died much too early. The Mozart of basketball was the first franchise player from Europe for the Nets. His jumper was like something out of a picture book.
4th place: Tony Parker (France) - The first Finals MVP from the old continent. In the machine of the San Antonio Spurs he provided creativity for 17 years, now retired.
3rd place: Pau Gasol (Spain) - Long decried as soft, he was responsible for two Lakers titles alongside Kobe Bryant. Six-time all-star, plus a superstar with the national team.
2nd place: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) - Already at the age of 26 two-time MVP of the league, only the title is still missing. There are no limits for the Greek freak.
1st place: Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) - Only Dirkules can stand here. The revolutionary of the big man positions has a long list of awards and is 6th in the all-time scoring list with 31,560 points.
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