The Best Players (In No Particular Order)
Radja’s NBA career was short-lived, but he showed that Euro centers could be a massive force in the world’s top circuit. Dino Radja produced 8.4 rebounds, 16.7 points, and 1.6 assists in his NBA career.
The overpowering Greek American guard was a bad dream for defenders and opposing coaches. His scoring prowess put Greece on top of European basketball.
He was a two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner and a three-time All-Star. Detlef Schrempf truly ranks among the top European NBA players ever.
His amazing career went from 1999 to 2016. Additionally, Diamantidis is No. 1 in steals and assists in the Euroleague record books for the 21st century.
For him, it all began by becoming a Golden State Warriors regular, followed by times with the Nuggets, SuperSonics, and Kings. From 1989-97, Marciulionis averaged 13 ppg in the NBA, including a career-best 19 ppg for the 1991-92 Warriors.
Marciulionis was the 1st Soviet-born player in the NBA. As a result, he paved a way for Eastern Europeans who followed.
Time after time, the 216-cm Divac shown to be a workhorse in the NBA. He also grew into one of the all-time top European basketball players.
Blessed with a high basketball IQ and versatility, Kukoc made crucial contributions to the Chicago Bulls’ 2nd back-to-back title run in the ’90s.
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point tour de force for the Philadelphia Warriors in March 1962 is perhaps the most well-known basketball performance ever by a North American. But for Europeans of a certain geographic location and age, the left-handed shooting Radivoj “Zucko” Korac had a comparable amazing game.
Sadly, he was killed in a car accident on June 2, 1969. Korac was among the 1st honorees of the inaugural 2007 FIBA Hall of Fame class in Madrid in 2007. One of Korac’s nephews, Marko, accepted an award on his behalf.