European players have changed the way basketball is played. Ever since the emergence of Toni Kukoc, the first established Euro player, they have become known as big basketball shooters, as well as annoying defenders who use their very effective footballing heritage to “act” through their exaggerated downfall, widely known as flopging.
The main aspect of the European game is the unique shooting ability of its big men. Players who now play in the NBA, such as Dirk Nowitzki (213 cm) and Mehmet Okur (210 cm) are both great three-point shooters, something the league had not seen before major players on their biggest stage in basketball.
Basketball has become so big in Europe that they have started a competition called Euro-League. 24 teams from all over Europe play for one season until a team is named Europa League Champion. It is the second largest competition in the world (second in the NBA), attracting players from around the world.
Although not at the level of football, basketball is certainly in-roads on football as possibly the second most popular sports team in Europe.