Finding the next European basketball star is every NBA team’s dream.
In an attempt to find these players, NBA scouts are constantly flocking to Europe to find the next Dirk Nowitzki or Pau Gasol.
With the second pick in the 2003 NBA draft, the Pistons, for instance, passed on a proven small forward from Syracuse to draft a young Serbian by the name of Darko Milicic.
The player selected at No. 3, Carmelo Anthony, has become the franchise player of the Nuggets.
Milicic, on the other hand, is coming off the bench for the Grizzlies.
European players are definitely intriguing.
Although most lack athleticism when compared to American players, they instead bring an entirely different set of skills–accurate shooting, pinpoint passing, and team defense.
Since the 1980s, there has been a steady influx of quality European players who went on to have successful careers in the NBA.
Today, I will list the top 10 European players who have had the greatest impact on the game while playing in the NBA.