Unsung NBA European Players of the 90s

by shimano - 21 cards (Last updated on Aug 3, 2022)

1. 1999-00 Fleer Focus #147 Nikita Morgunov

Morgunov was under contract with the the Portland Trail Blazers, for three separate periods (January 26 - April 24, 1999; October 7, 1999 - April 14, 2000, and October 11–28, 2000), but he did not play in any regular season NBA games for the team.

2. 1997-98 SkyBox Premium #153 Serge Zwikker

Zwikker was selected by the Houston Rockets with the first pick of the second round (29th overall) in the 1997 NBA Draft, and spent one season on the Rockets' bench. However, he did not record any playing time.

3. 2000-01 Fleer Futures #214 Ademola Okulaja


Okulaja had three different attempts to join the NBA; his first training camp experience was with the Philadelphia 76ers, then with the San Antonio Spurs and finally the Utah Jazz, but was unable to make an NBA roster.

4. 1996-97 SkyBox Premium #231 Virginius Praskevicius

On 18 September 1996, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, Praškevičius did not play a single game for them and was loaned to the LaCrosse Bobcats of CBA. On 19 February 1997, he was waived by the Timberwolves

5. 2001-02 Fleer Showcase #121 Ratko Varda

Eligible for the 2001 NBA draft, he ended up not getting selected but still found himself on the Detroit Pistons roster to the start of the 2001–02 season.
Varda ended up spending two seasons in the NBA on the rosters of the Pistons and the Washington Wizards, but during that time he was only featured in a single official game (he played six minutes and scored five points for Detroit).

6. 1994-95 Topps #311 Geert Hammink

He was selected by the Orlando Magic in the first round (26th overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft. Hammink played for the Magic and had a small stint with the Golden State Warriors in 3 NBA seasons. In his NBA career, Hammink appeared in 8 games and scored a total of 14 points.

7. 1996-97 Upper Deck #283 Aleksandar Djordjevic

After the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Đorđević had a stint with the Portland Trail Blazers, during the 1996–97 season. He made his NBA debut on November 29, 1996, recording 2 points and a rebound, in a 119–93 win over the Golden State Warriors. His last NBA game was on December 15. Unhappy with lack of playing time, he was placed on waivers in end of December 1996 after appearing in 8 games where he averaged 3.1 points per game.

8. 1994-95 SkyBox #201 Sergei Bazarevich

He played in 10 games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 1994-95 NBA season.

9. 2002-03 Upper Deck Inspirations #104 Antoine Rigaudeau / Dirk Nowitzki

Rigaudeau played in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, during their 2002–03 season, after he signed a 3 year contract with the club, on 17 January 2003. With the Mavericks, he played in a total of 11 games, and averaged 1.5 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game, in 8.3 minutes played per game. On 18 August 2003, the Mavericks traded Rigaudeau's player rights to the Golden State Warriors, prior to the start of the 2003–04 NBA season. On 5 September 2003, the Warriors released Rigaudeau.

10. 1992-93 Ultra #310 Gundars Vetra

He was the first Latvian to play in the NBA. He played one season for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1992–1993.



Mar 8, 2022 - 9:19AM
Billy Kingsley

I really wish Zwikker had made it...he would have been alphabetically last to play in the NBA in history. (currently Matt Zunic who has no cards) He at least got cards from his pre-season appearences so he holds that record if nothing else.

Mar 8, 2022 - 9:35AM

If you have in mind other Europeans that haven't played in NBA but have cards (not NCAA ones) like the 4 players at the top of this list, I would be glad to know it!


Edited on: Mar 8, 2022 - 9:36AM

Mar 16, 2022 - 6:00PM
Billy Kingsley

How about Uwe Blabb? Christian Welp also but he was more in the 80s.  

Mar 17, 2022 - 3:54AM

They played respectively 234 and 109 NBA games. Europeans on this list haven't played more than 50 games. I just add Antonis Fotsis, and still looking to get a Dragan Tarlac card. Those Europeans (90s) don't have their card : Stefano Rusconi, Rastko Cvetkovic, Milos Babic and Vincenzo Esposito.

Mar 17, 2022 - 1:56PM

How about these guys:

İbrahim Kutluay
Arvydas Macijauskas

Mile Ilić
Georgios Papagiannis
Antoine Rigaudeau
Ognjen Kuzmić

Some of them played more recently but none over 50 games.

Mar 17, 2022 - 3:34PM

I will think about this 2000s list...Once I will get a card of those players. Rigaudeau will have a special place in this list. He is in my opinion one of the best French players ever, with Tony Parker. Unfortunately, his way of playing was incompatible with the NBA.

Aug 3, 2022 - 2:28PM

Robert Archibald was from Scotland, and the four players he was traded for during his career were from China, Georgia, the Netherlands, and San Antonio.  I find this mildly interesting.

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