LONDON, April 11, 2022 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the results of the All-Time NBA European Team category as part of NBA 75 Euro Vote, a campaign to celebrate the league’s landmark 75th Anniversary Season with fans in Europe and commemorate the contributions of European players throughout the league’s 75-year history.
The All-Time NBA European First Team consists of two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), three-time NBA All-Star Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol (Spain), NBA champion and MVP Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) and four-time NBA champion Tony Parker (France). Nowitzki, who played for the Mavericks for his entire 21-year career and is currently the NBA’s sixth all-time leading scorer, led all vote-getters.
The All-Time NBA European Second Team consists of reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia), Hall of Famers Toni Kukoć (Croatia) and Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania), NBA champion Peja Stojaković (Serbia) and the late Drazen Petrović (Croatia).
The All-NBA European First and Second Teams were selected by fans in Europe and a blue-ribbon panel of more than 40 European media, broadcasters, influencers and celebrities. The fan vote accounted for 50 percent of the final results while the panel made up the other 50 percent.
“European players past and present have made an indelible impact on the NBA and the game of basketball,” said NBA Head of Fan Engagement and Direct-to-Consumer for Europe and the Middle East George Aivazoglou. “As we celebrate our landmark 75th Anniversary Season, it is fitting to recognize and honor the best European players of all-time, all of whom have inspired generations of players and fans across the continent and around the world.”
In previous NBA 75 Euro Vote categories, the 1995-98 Chicago Bulls were named the All-Time NBA Dynasty, the 1998-99 Toronto Raptors away jersey won the All-Time NBA Jersey, and Nowitzki winning an NBA championship after leading the Mavericks back from a 2-1 game deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals was voted the All-Time European Moment.
Below are the final results of the All-Time NBA European Teams:
|ALL-TIME NBA EUROPEAN FIRST TEAM|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Greece||2020-21 NBA Champion, 2018-19 and 2019-20 NBA MVP, 2021 NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star (6), All-NBA First Team (3)|
|Luka Dončić||Slovenia||NBA All-Star (3), All-NBA First Team (2), 2018-19 Rookie of the Year|
|Pau Gasol||Spain||2008-09 and 2009-10 NBA Champion, NBA All-Star (6), All-NBA Second Team (2), 2001-02 Rookie of the Year|
|Dirk Nowitzki||Germany||2010-11 NBA Champion, 2006-07 NBA MVP, 2011 NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star (14), All-NBA First Team (4)|
|Tony Parker||France||2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2013-14 NBA Champion, 2007 NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star (6), All-NBA Second Team (3)|
|ALL-TIME NBA EUROPEAN SECOND TEAM|
|Nikola Jokić||Serbia||2020-21 NBA MVP, NBA All-Star (4), All-NBA First Team (2)|
|Toni Kukoć||Croatia||1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98 NBA Champion, 1996-97 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Drazen Petrović||Croatia||All-NBA Third Team, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Arvydas Sabonis||Lithuania||All-Rookie First Team, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Peja Stojaković||Serbia||2010-11 NBA Champion, NBA All-Star (3), All-NBA Second Team|