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NBA List of Famous NBA Referees

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List of the most notable and famous NBA Referees in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent National Basketball Association Referees worldwide and top National Basketball Association Referees in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence. From reputable NBA Referees to the lesser known NBA Referees in history and today, these are the top National Basketball Association Referees in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous NBA Referees in the world?".

This list is made up of a variety of famous NBA refs and officials, including Joey Crawford and Dick Bavetta. Featuring the best NBA referees, retired NBA referees, and more, this list has it all. NBA fans will know the following names of NBA referees, and maybe even the officials' numbers and current roster. 

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Mendy Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Marvin "Mendy" Rudolph was an American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association for 22 years, from 1953 to 1975. Regarded as one of the greatest officials in NBA history, Rudolph officiated 2,112 NBA games and was the first league referee to work 2,000 games. He was ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1926-1979)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Sports commentator

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Richie Powers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Richard F. "Richie" Powers was a professional basketball referee in the NBA from 1956 to 1979. He worked 25 NBA Finals games, including the triple-overtime Game 5 contest in the 1976 NBA Finals between the Suns and the Celtics, considered "The Greatest Game Ever Played" as well as three All-Star ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1930-1998)

Profession: Basketball Official, Newsreader

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Bob Delaney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Bob Delaney is a former police officer and professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association who officiated from the 1987-88 NBA season up until the 2010-11 NBA season. Beginning the 2006-07 NBA season, Delaney had officiated in 1,182 regular season games, 120 playoff games, and ...more

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Basketball Official, Police officer, Referee

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Steve Javie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Steve Javie is a retired American professional basketball referee who refereed in the National Basketball Association from the 1986–87 NBA season to the 2010–11 season. As of the beginning of the 2006–07 NBA season, Javie has officiated 1,264 regular season, 190 playoff, and 18 NBA Finals games. ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Referee

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Dan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Dan Crawford is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association since the 1984–85 NBA season. Beginning with the 2006-07 NBA season, Crawford has officiated in 1,425 regular season, 191 playoff, and 18 NBA Finals games. He was also assigned to the 1994 and 2001 NBA All-Star ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Basketball Official, Referee

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Ken Mauer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Ken Mauer Jr. is an official in the National Basketball Association since the 1986–87 NBA season. As of the beginning of the 2006–07 NBA season, Mauer has officiated in 1,167 regular season and 67 playoff games, including one NBA Finals game. Mauer wears uniform number 41. ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Basketball Official, Referee

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Tim Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Tim Donaghy is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons, from 1994 to 2007. During his career in the NBA, Donaghy officiated in 772 regular season games and 20 playoff games. Donaghy resigned from the league on July 9, 2007 before ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Referee

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Earl Strom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous NBA Referees
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Earl "Yogi" Strom was an American professional basketball referee for 29 years in the National Basketball Association and for three years in the American Basketball Association. Strom is credited as one of the greatest referees in the history of the NBA and was known for his flamboyant style and ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1927-1994)

Birthplace: Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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