droponov wrote: Mefisto wrote:
Pau is far away from top 3, put Petrovic instead.
Nonsense, he's absolutely right. Dirk, Sabonis, Gasol, large gap, the rest. Petrovic, Bodiroga, Parker, Kukoc, Belov, etc., in some order.
Petrovic wasn't even in the same planet of Gasol. I think Drazen is overrated these days because of his premature death. Also because he was a scorer and people tend to underrate non-scoring contributions. Petrovic was a very good player but not an All-NBA type like Gasol. A very good scorer and good shooter with awful defense and rebounding and pedestrian playmaking. Not sure who would be a good comparison among active players... maybe Michael Redd. Not exactly the same player, but he was at that level.
Yeah, I'd even say that Stojakovic deserves definitely a place on the top5:
Sabonis and Petrovic didn't achieve the other's success in the NBA but they represented a lot for their countries in international competitions, whether they were the former USSR or Yugoslavia or the after separation Lithuania or Croatia.
Galis was revolutionary in Greece at that moment and a lot of the popularity of basketball there is due to him but he was basically a good American NBA player playing in Europe in a moment in which the gap between those 2 basketball worlds was unbearable.
At that moment, if you took any random 6-10th rotation guy with a little bit of brain and common sense out of an NBA roster and place him in Europe he was a star. McAdoo did it with 37 yo, when he wasn't able to play in the NBA anymore, and played well past his 40's (and no, McAdoo wasn't any random NBA player but he was well past his prime when he went to Milan).
A special mention should be done to Sarunas Marciulionis and Detlef Schrempf, whom both succeeded in the NBA in a moment were doing that for a European was really difficult.