The 2016 has officially kicked in, and we’re summing up the results of our last poll of 2015, which had to do with former European players that have left significant marks on the NBA.
The poll’s question was “Which European ex-NBA players you would take for team, considering they’re all in their prime?”
According to the poll results, former Portland TrailBlazers 7’3 center Arvydas Sabonis was the favorite, gathering 28 percent of all votes. Sabonis arrived in the NBA long after his prime, yet he still was better than the majority of NBA centers at the time. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, Sabonis is a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame as well as Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. To see how good Sabonis was in his prime – see what he did to David Robinson in 1986.
Slightly below Sabonis is someone the modern generation of NBA fans remember well – Predrag “Peja” Stojakovic, with 25% of all votes. Until Stephen Curry came along, Stojakovic was considered to be one of the best long-range shooters in the NBA. He spent his best years playing for the Sacramento Kings and won the NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
Legendary late Drazen Petrovic of the New Jersey Nets is on the third spot with 20% of votes. Petrovic’s passion for basketball may be matched by only that of Michael Jordan and his shooting touch was amazing. Petrovic’s #3 was retired by the Nets in 1993 and in 2002, he was posthumously enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Chicago Bulls’ “Croatian Sensation” Toni Kukoc gathered 18% of all votes. Kukoc is the most decorated player on this list, having won three straight NBA titles with the Bulls back in the 90’s.
Serbian 7’1 center Vlade Divac got 5% of all votes. Divac is remembered in the NBA for his time with the LA Lakers and Sacramento Kings. He was considered to be one of the great passing big men in the league. Divac currently serves as Kings’ VP of basketball operations.
Hall of Famer Sarunas Marciulionis got selected by 3% of all voters, while former Boston Celtics leader Dino Radja got the remaining 2% of votes.
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