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The Best NBA Players from California 

Ranker NBA
Updated February 20, 2020 16.2k votes 1.5k voters 32.8k views 196 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in California.

Here are the best NBA players from California. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in California includes Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Reggie Miller, Damian Lillard, and many more NBA players from Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and San Francisco. Who is the greatest NBA player from the state California?

Vote up the top California players on NBA teams, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. 

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Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard and Small forward from Riverside, California

Age: 28

Number: 2

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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2
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 30

Number: 13

Teams: Houston Rockets

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3
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Oakland, California

Age: 29

Number: 0

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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#61 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #95 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #6 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

4
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Long Beach, California

Age: 31

Number: 0

Teams: Houston Rockets

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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard and Small forward from Palmdale, California

Age: 29

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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6
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 29

Number: 11

Teams: Golden State Warriors

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#73 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #17 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #72 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

7
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard from Riverside, California, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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8
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard from Merced, California, United States of America

Age: 44

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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#34 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,305 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 51

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

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#37 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,620 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #47 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

10
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from California, United States of America

Age: 46

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard from Compton, California

Age: 30

Number: 10

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

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13
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Center from La Mesa, California, United States of America

Age: 67

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 42

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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15
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California

Age: 29

Number: 11

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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#628 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #41 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #66 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 53

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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#70 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #179 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard and Small forward from Lakewood, California

Age: 38

Number: 26

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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#152 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #29 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #75 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Forward from San Jose, California

Age: 24

Number: 00

Teams: Orlando Magic

20
Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Spencer Dinwiddie Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 22

Number: 26

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Center from North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Age: 31

Number: 11

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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22
Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard and Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 63

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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23
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 31

Number: 7

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24
Lonzo Ball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Lonzo Ball Point Guard from Anaheim, California

Number: 2

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Center from Hanford, California

Age: 37

Number: 6

Teams: Houston Rockets

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