As part of its 75th anniversary, the NBA unveiled its five major European players. And Tony Parker is obviously the leader of this team.
After asking fans and a panel of experts (50% of the vote each) to vote for the best dynasty in history (the Chicago Bulls 1995-98), the most beautiful jersey (Toronto Raptors 1998-99) and the best moment of a European player (Dirk Nowitzki champion with Dallas in 2011), the NBA continued its series, as part of its 75th anniversary, by unveiling the five major and the second five of European players.
European players who have been more and more numerous in recent years, and it is also a Greek (Giannis Antetokounmpo) and a Serb (Nikola Jokic) who have been elected MVP for three years. Unsurprisingly, we find in the position of leader of this five European major the Frenchman Tony Parker (39), four-time NBA champion with San Antonio and Finals MVP in 2007.
“TP” is accompanied by four other huge players, two of whom are still active. The Greek strong winger (or pivot) Giannis Antetokounmpo (27 years old), NBA champion and double MVP with Milwaukee, the Slovenian leader (or back) Luka Doncic (23), rookie of the year 2019 with Dallas, the German strong winger Dirk Nowitzki (43 years old), NBA champion and MVP with Dallas and the Spanish strong winger (or pivot) Paul Gasol (41), two-time NBA champion with the Lakers complete this dream team.
Jokic in the second five
In the second team, the fans acclaimed the Serbian pivot Nikola Jokic (27), MVP with Denver, the Croatian winger Toni Kucoc (53), triple NBA champion with Chicago, the Lithuanian pivot Arvydas Sabonis (57), Western Conference finalist with Portland, the Serbian winger Peja Stojakovic (44), champion with Dallas, and Croatian fullback Drazen Petrovic (died 1993 at age 28), finalist with Portland.
“European players past and present have had an indelible impact on the NBA and basketball,” said George Aivazoglou, NBA Head of Fan Engagement and Direct-to-Consumer for Europe and Middle East. -East. As we celebrate our historic 75th anniversary season, it is fitting to recognize and honor the greatest European players of all time, all of whom have inspired generations of players and fans on the continent and around the world. “Proof of the immense reservoir of European basketball, players like Vlade Divac, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gobert or Boris Diaw were not selected among the two best teams.
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