23. Drazen Petrovic
Petrovic tragically died in a car crash at the young age of 28. But make no mistake, this man was a genius on the court. The Croatian star played a crucial role in inspiring European players to come to the NBA. After spending a couple of seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, he moved to the New Jersey Nets.
It was with the Nets that he evolved into one of the best shooting guards in the league. In his third season, he was scoring an average of 22.3 ppg. That was one of the best averages in the NBA. His healing ability was also the source of renown. Doctors once ruled him out for two months with a knee injury, but he came back after just two weeks.