List of Famous NBA Referees People

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 people, including Adam Silver and Zach Zarba. You may copy this factual list to make your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share with your friends. (17 Items)


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    Mendy Rudolph
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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 also ...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
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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 Games.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1930-1998)
    • Profession: Basketball Official, Newsreader
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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: age 64
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official, Police officer, Referee
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    Steve Javie
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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: age 60
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Referee
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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: age 62
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official, Referee
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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: age 60
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official, Referee
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    Tim Donaghy
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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 reports ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Referee
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    Earl Strom
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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 ability ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1927-1994)
    • Birthplace: Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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    Norm Drucker
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    Norm Drucker was a major influence in professional basketball officiating for over 35 years. His NBA and ABA officiating career as both a referee and Supervisor of Officials spanned the careers of all-time pro basketball greats, from George Mikan, Bob Cousy, Dolph Schayes and Bob Pettit in the 1950s, to ...more

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    • Age: age 95
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official
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    Darell Lee Garretson was an American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association for 27 years from 1967 to 1994, and he later served as NBA Supervisor of Officials for 17 years from 1981 to 1998. During his career, Garretson officiated over 2,000 games, including 1,798 regular ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1932-2008)
    • Birthplace: Long Point, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official
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    Richard T. "Dick" Bavetta is a retired American professional basketball referee for the National Basketball Association. Since starting in 1975, he never missed an assigned game. He holds the league record for most officiated games. His game on April 12, 2013 in Washington was his 2,600th consecutive ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Referee
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    James Michael "Jake" O'Donnell is a former sports official who worked as a National Basketball Association referee for 28 seasons from 1967 to 1995, and also as an umpire in Major League Baseball for four seasons from 1968 to 1971. He is the only person to officiate All-Star games in both Major League ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official, Umpire
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    Zach Zarba

    Zachary "Zach" Zarba is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association. His first season was in 2004. He wore uniform number 58 until the 2012-2013 season, when he changed to 33. Zach currently wears uniform number 28.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official
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    Joe Crawford appeared in the 2002 film Like Mike.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Referee
    • Credits: Like Mike
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    Monty McCutchen

    Monty McCutchen is a professional basketball referee who has worked in the National Basketball Association since the 1993-1994 season. Now in his 21st year, McCutchen has officiated 1,181 regular season, 97 playoff, and nine NBA Finals games over the past five seasons. Along with Mike "Duke" Callahan ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball Official
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    Mike Mathis

    Mike Mathis is a former professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association from 1976 to 2001. Over his career in the NBA, Mathis officiated nearly 2,340 games, including 12 NBA Finals and three NBA All-Star Games. Mathis wore uniform number 13 during his career. Mathis is also the ...more

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    • Profession: Basketball Official
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    Adam Silver

    Adam Silver is an American lawyer and the deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the National Basketball Association. He has held this post since July 2006. On October 25, 2012, he was endorsed by David Stern to be the next NBA commissioner when Stern announced that he will step down as NBA ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
    • Credits: Manute Bol: Basketball Warrior, NBA on NBC
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    Scott Foster

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    Tony Brothers

    Tony Brothers is a referee.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Referee
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    Bennett Salvatore

    Bennett Salvatore
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    Bennett Salvatore is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association. As of the 2006–07 NBA season, Salvatore has officiated 1,385 regular season, 167 playoff, and 20 NBA Finals games. When home in Stamford he can be found having lunch with members of his club at Jenna Marie's ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Referee
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