- The NBA rosters feature 120 international players from 40 countries
- Players from Europe have dominated the NBA in the last few years, winning the last four MVP awards
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, and Luka Doncic are the top European players in the NBA
Although Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant have been the best NBA players in the last decade, European players are slowly taking over the league.
Over the past five years, players from Europe have found unprecedented success in the league.
These European players have the hardware to show for it. They have it all: MVPs, All-NBA selections, Most Improved awards and Defensive Player of the Year awards alike.
The league has seen top European stars like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac. But who are the top European players in the league this season? Sports Brief looks at the best European players in the league this season.
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Top 10 European players in the NBA
10. Bojan Bogdanovic (Detroit Pistons)
The Croatian joined the NBA in 2014 and has been a steady player since then. He has averaged double-digits in points in all but his debut NBA season. He has played for five NBA teams. He's averaging 21.6 points for the Pistons this season.
9. Dennis Schroder (Los Angles Lakers)
The German point guard has been consistent in his nine years in the league. Apart from his first NBA season in 2023/14, he has scored in double digits since. He is still looking for a max contract after reportedly rejecting an $84 million contract from the Lakers.
8. Nikola Vucevic (Chicago Bulls)
Vucevic has been one of the most consistent European players in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls center is playing in his 12th NBA season. He has averaged a double-double in nine of those seasons. The Montenegro center is a 2x All-Star (2019, 2021)
7. Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz)
The Fin has been one of the standout performers for the 2022/23 season. He was named All-Star starter for the 2023 event and is the front-runner for the 2023 Most Improved Player award.
6. Kristaps Porzingis (Washington Wizards)
The Latvian has relatively performed well in his NBA career which has been plagued by injuries. The 7-foot-4 Washington Wizards center hasn't lived up to the lofty expectations many had when he joined the league in 2015. He has averaged double digits in points in every season he's played.
5. Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Gobert is the best rim protector in the NBA. The Frenchman's resume is admirable. He is a 3x All-Star, was named in the All-NBA second team in 2017 and is a 3x Defensive Player of the Year. He has averaged a double-double in seven of his ten NBA seasons.
4. Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings)
The Lithuanian is another double-double machine. He has been one of Sacramento's shining lights this season. He has played a key role as his team made the playoffs for the first time in 16 years, per ESPN. He is a 3x All-Star.
3. Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
The Slovenian is only 24 years and has already achieved so much. He's a 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team player and Rookie of the Year. He will definitely achieve more in the coming seasons.
2. Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
The Serbian center has won the last two MVP awards and could end up winning his third MVP award in a row. The Nuggets superstar is a 5x All-STar and has three All-NBA First Team selections.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
The "Greek Freak" is an NBA champion, a Finals MVP, a 2x NBA MVP, an All-Star Game MVP, and a 7x NBA All-Star. There's nothing that needs to be added to his resume. He is the best player in the world. He was also named to the NBA's 75th-anniversary team.
Tatum on Antetokounmpo
Sports Brief earlier reported on Jayson Tatum calling Antetokoumpo the best player in the NBA.
The Boston Celtics star has faced Antetokounmpo several times in the playoffs in the last few seasons, which is high praise from one of his biggest competitors.
"If I had to pick, I think I might say [Antetokounmpo]. The way he impacts both sides; scoring, rebounding, how hard he plays. We all have off nights, but when he has an off night it’s still 25 and 15 instead of 40 and 20. And, he's won. He's won a championship."