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List of famous basketball players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top basketball players in the world? This includes the most prominent basketball players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable basketball players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic basketball players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned basketball players.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known basketball players to the lesser known basketball players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the basketball player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous basketball players ever?" and "What are the names of famous basketball players?" then you're in the right place. (1395 items)
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Dennis Keith Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was nicknamed "The Worm" and was known for ...more

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Wrestler, Actor Athlete, + more

Credits: The Apprentice, Gumball 3000: Coast to Coast, The Rodman World Tour, Double Team

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#28 on The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time

#54 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#49 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#10 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Talk show host, Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Television producer Entrepreneur, + more

Credits: Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, The NBA on TNT, Michael Jordan: Air Time, Are We Done Yet?

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#61 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#4 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#52 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Charles Wade Barkley is a retired American professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and "The Round Mound of Rebound", Barkley established himself as one of the National Basketball Association's most dominating ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Basketball player, Announcer, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Look Who's Talking Now, The NBA on TNT, Michael Jordan: Air Time, Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson

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#16 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#5 on The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

#2 on The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

#32 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Kevin Joseph "Chuck" Connors was an American actor, writer and professional basketball and baseball player. He is one of only 12 athletes in the history of American professional sports to have played both Major League Baseball and in the National Basketball Association. With a 40-year film and ...more

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Age: Died at 71 (1921-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Baseball player, Screenwriter, Actor Athlete

Credits: The Rifleman, Soylent Green, Branded, Airplane II: The Sequel

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#66 on The Best Guest Stars on The Love Boat

#15 on The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player

Credits: Just Wright, The Three Stooges, 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, Free Birds

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#1 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#81 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#30 on The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

#30 on The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. Wade had the top selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two ...more

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player

Credits: Just Wright^! Iverson^! Ride Along 2^! Spike's Guys Choice

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#1 on The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

#3 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#8 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#26 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played both the point guard and shooting guard positions. Iverson was an eleven-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star MVP award in ...more

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Age: 40

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player, Rapper, Athlete

Credits: Like Mike^! Iverson^! Imagine That^! Athens 2004: Games of the XXVIII Olympiad

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#4 on The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

#12 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#22 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#3 on The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. Anthony attended Towson Catholic High School and Oak Hill Academy before playing college basketball at Syracuse. In Anthony's freshman season, he led ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: New York City, Red Hook, USA, New York

Profession: Basketball player, Television producer, Actor, Athlete

Credits: Imagine That^! Iverson^! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows^! On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of

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#4 on The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

#19 on The Top NBA Players with No Championship Rings

#31 on The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

#46 on People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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