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Euro Paean
Chris Ballard
October 03, 2005
The performance of Dirk Nowitzki (right) at the championships confirmed that he's one of the world's best players. He led all scorers (26.1 ppg) in carrying Germany to a runner-up finish against Greece and heads our list of the top NBA players at the tournament.
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October 03, 2005

Euro Paean

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The performance of Dirk Nowitzki (right) at the championships confirmed that he's one of the world's best players. He led all scorers (26.1 ppg) in carrying Germany to a runner-up finish against Greece and heads our list of the top NBA players at the tournament.

POSITION Forward
PLAYER Dirk Nowitzki
NBA TEAM Mavericks
COUNTRY Mavericks
2005 FINISH 2nd
No one else on the German squad averaged double-digit points

POSITION Forward
PLAYER Andrei Kirilenko
NBA TEAM�Jazz
COUNTRY Russia
2005 FINISH 8th
Led all players in boards, steals and blocks--despite broken nose

POSITION Center
PLAYER Mario Kasun
NBA TEAM Magic
COUNTRY Croatia
2005 FINISH 7th
NBA reserve outshone league starters Rasho Nesterovic, Primoz Brezec

POSITION Guard
PLAYER Boris Diaw
NBA TEAM Suns
COUNTRY France
2005 FINISH 3rd
Dividend of Joe Johnson trade finished in the top 10 in points, assists

POSITION Guard
PLAYER Jose Calder�n
NBA TEAM Raptors
COUNTRY Spain
2005 FINISH 4th
Averaged 10.5 points as Pau Gasol--less Spain made it to the semis

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