Drazen Petrovic, Croatia
One of the league’s great scorers of the early 1990s, and one of the most talented European players ever, Drazen Petrovic’s prime was unfortunately cut short when a car accident took his life during the summer of 1993.
Over his two-year peak as a member of the then-New Jersey Nets, the Croatian shooting guard averaged 21.4 points, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals per contest while slashing absurd 51.2/44.6/84.3 shooting splits. Petrovic is currently enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon him posthumously in 2002.
Among today’s generation, his legacy has inspired various European-born NBA players, such as first-time All-Star Goran Dragic, who became emotional after receiving Petrovic’s jersey as a gift from the late baller’s mother this past summer.
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