European players rank the best out of Europe: Petrovic and Kirilenko in the top 10

Andrei Kirilenko was ranked as the 10th best European-born player in history by players of the EuroBasket tournament. AP Photo.

Andrei Kirilenko was ranked as the 10th best European-born player in history by players of the EuroBasket tournament. AP Photo.

HoopsHype.com polled 38 European-born players during the FIBA EuroBasket tournament and asked them to rank their top five European players of all time and a pair of Nets made the list as Drazen Petrovic was No. 1 and Andrei Kirilenko was No. 10, according to the results.

It’s not a huge surprise to hear that Petrovic is considered the best. He was absolutely amazing when he played and averaged 20.9 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per 36 minutes while shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and 43.7 behind the arc. Not only are those amazing numbers, but he unfortunately passed when he was just 28-years-old and when somebody dies that young their legend tends to grow even larger.

Kirilenko has had a solid career as he’s averaged 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 1.7 steals per game. None of those numbers are amazing on his own, but it shows that he’s an all around player who can fill just about any stat column. So it’s not surprising to see him on the list either.

Outside of past and present Nets, Tony Parker was No. 2, Arvydas Sabonis No. 3, Dejan Bodiroga No. 4, Dirk Nowitzki No. 5, and Pau Gasol No. 6. I am surprised to see Nowitzki so low, and although I never saw Bodiroga play, I do know that Parker and Sabonis are amazing players so it’s probably nitpicking worrying about Dirk being to low.

Check out the rest of the rankings here.


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