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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 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#51 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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#7 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

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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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#59 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#2 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#31 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#8 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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#35 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#2 on The Best Phoenix Suns of All Time

#16 on The Top NBA Players Of All Time

#2 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

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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, USA, New York

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

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

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#15 on The Greatest Western Movie Stars

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