15 Top European draft picks that never played in the NBA

21/Mar/21 16:29 March 21, 2021

Antigoni Zachari

21/Mar/21 16:29


Many high-profile European players have been selected in the NBA draft over the years and some of them will likely never make (or have yet to make) their move overseas despite their talent.

By Semih Altınbaş / info@eurohoops.net

Sergio Llull is the current example of what Nikos Galis or Dejan Bodiroga were in the past. A star player, with a great career in Europe, though he decided not to play in the NBA.

With that in mind, the Draft is a great opportunity for many young players to land to the best league in the world, but for one reason or another, the following 15 players who were picked by NBA franchise after the turn of this century never made the leap. Still, they left their mark in the sport while playing in Europe. Obviously, we have left out those with options to sign for NBA franchises in the near future, such as Nikola Milutinov and Vasilije Micic.

Some of the following names have even been first-round picks, though chose to stay in the Old Continent: