Where Does Dirk Nowitzki Fit Among the Greatest European Players in NBA History?

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Where Does Dirk Nowitzki Fit Among the Greatest European Players in NBA History?
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There is no doubt that Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest shooting big man of all time.

Nowitzki is a surefire NBA Hall of Famer when he decides to hang it up, and few players have revolutionized the game quite like Nowitzki has been able to do during his 14-year career.

But where does Nowitzki rank among the best European players in NBA history? There have been some legendary Europeans to come into the NBA game over the last 30 or so years, and there are many, still today, who continue to make a significant impact.

Ranking the best European players in league history is no easy task, considering the influx of talent that has come in from overseas. Is Nowitzki the greatest of all time? Or is there another European who tops him?

With so many players who could be on this list, it's hard to narrow it down to just 10, but here is my best shot at the top European basketball players to have played in the NBA.

 

Note: Only players who were born in Europe AND spent a significant amount of their childhood are deemed eligible. So no Kobe Bryant, Dominique Wilkins, Carlos Boozer, etc. Also we are only basing this off the players' accomplishments in the NBA. Their performance in international play or in other pro leagues have no bearing on their rank.

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