Famous Jews In Basketball

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A list of famous Jewish basketball players. These 36 Jewish NBA athletes are an inspiration to every Jew & athlete out there, whether you're a fan of Basketball or just a fan of great athleticism in general. Personally, I'm a fan of both, which is why I've been building this whole series of lists celebrating famous Jewish athletes.


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    Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school basketball for five different schools, ultimately graduating from Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida and ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida, United States of America
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    Red Auerbach
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    Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach was an American basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as president and front office executive of the Celtics until his death. As a coach, he won 938 games and nine National ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1917-2006)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Sam Balter

    Samuel "Sam" Balter, Jr. was an American basketball player.more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1909-1998)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
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    Suzanne Brigit "Sue" Bird is an American-Israeli professional women's basketball player for the Seattle Storm and UMMC Ekaterinburg. In high school, she was the New York State Player of the Year, the New York Daily News Player of the Year, and a WBCA All-American. In her senior year at undefeated UConn ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Birthplace: Syosset, New York, USA
    • Teams: Seattle Storm, UMMC Ekaterinburg
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    David Blatt
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    David Michael Blatt is an Israeli American professional basketball coach and a former professional basketball player. He is the current coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is one of the most successful American coaches in European basketball history.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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    David Blu
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    David Blu is a former Israeli American professional basketball player. He also represented the Israeli national basketball team. Standing at 6 ft 7 in, he played at the small forward and power forward positions. He is considered to be one of the top three-point shooters in Euroleague history.more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Teams: Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.
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    Tal Brody is an American-Israeli former basketball player, and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, who lives in Israel. Brody was drafted # 12 in the National Basketball Association draft, but chose to pass up an NBA career to instead play basketball in Israel. He played on national basketball teams ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Nationality: United States of America, Israel
    • Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
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    Larry Brown
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    Lawrence Harvey "Larry" Brown is an American basketball coach, who is currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the only coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA national championship and an NBA title. He has a 1,275-965 lifetime professional coaching record in the American ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Teams: Denver Nuggets
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    Omri Moshe Casspi is an Israeli professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He is 6 ft 9 in tall, and plays the small forward position. He was drafted 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, making him the first ...more

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    • Age: age 27
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Birthplace: Holon, Israel
    • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings
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    Shay Doron is an Israeli professional basketball player in the Israeli league. She plays for Elitzur Ramla.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Birthplace: Ramat HaSharon, Israel
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    Lior Eliyahu
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    Lior Eliyahu is an Israeli professional basketball player who plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League. He is 2.05 m in height and he weighs 105 kg. He plays at the power forward position, but he can also play small forward. The Minnesota Timberwolves own his NBA Draft rights.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel
    • Teams: Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C., Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.
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    Jordan Robert Farmar is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Darüşşafaka Doğuş of the Turkish Basketball League. In high school, he was named the Los Angeles Times High-School Player of the Year in 2003–04. Playing for UCLA in college, he was the Rivals.com National ...more

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    • Age: age 29
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, UCLA Bruins men's basketball, + more
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    Max "Marty" Friedman was an American pro basketball player and coach.more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1889-1986)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Tamir Goodman, dubbed by Sports Illustrated magazine as the "Jewish Jordan", is an American-born Israeli retired Orthodox Jewish basketball player. After averaging 35.4 points per game for the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, in 11th grade he was ranked the 25th-best high school player in the country.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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    Gerald Greenspan is a retired American basketball player. Greenspan, who is 6' 5", played forward.more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Teams: Philadelphia 76ers
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    Ernie Grunfeld
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    Ernest "Ernie" Grunfeld is the General Manager of the Washington Wizards. He was also once a professional basketball player. He served as general manager of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association from 1989 to 1999, and as the Bucks' general manager from 1999–2003, at which time he ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Satu Mare, Romania
    • Teams: New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Kansas City Kings
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    Yotam Halperin
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    Yotam Halperin is an Israeli professional basketball player,currently playing for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli BSL, which also plays in the Eurocup. He is a 1.96 m tall combo guard. He was named 2007-08 All-Euroleague 2nd Team.more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Nationality: Israel
    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
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    Sonny Hertzberg

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    • Birthplace: Herning, Denmark
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    Arthur Bruce "Art" Heyman was an American professional basketball player.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1941-2012)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Teams: New York Knicks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals
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    Nat Holman was one of the early pro basketball players and one of the game's most important innovators.more

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    • Age: Died at 99 (1896-1995)
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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