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The Best NBA Players from California  

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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, and San Francisco. Who is the greatest NBA player from California?

Vote up the top California NBA players, 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
Riverside, California
Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of ...more
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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California
James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Palmdale, California
Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star ...more
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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Riverside, California, United States of America
Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Indiana ...more
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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California, United States of America
Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. He started at the point guard position. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the ...more
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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more
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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Long Beach, California
Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more
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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California
Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is credited ...more
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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Merced, California, United States of America
Walter Ray Allen Jr. (born July 20, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. He played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was inducted into the ...more
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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
California, United States of America
Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball ...more
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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California, United States of America
Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ...more
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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Compton, California
DeMar Darnell DeRozan (born August 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more
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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Kevin Wesley Love (born September 7, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a five-time All-Star and ...more
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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
La Mesa, California, United States of America
William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, ...more
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Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California
Jrue Randall Holiday (; born June 12, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player who is a studio analyst for The NBA on TNT. He is a two-time NBA All-Star. He was drafted with ...more
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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. At 6 ft (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP ...more
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Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California
Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956) is an American basketball coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball ...more
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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Lakewood, California
Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Brook Robert Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 10th overall by the ...more
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Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Kevin Johnson
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Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
San Jose, California
Aaron Addison Gordon (born September 16, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more
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Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Spencer Dinwiddie
Spencer Dinwiddie (born April 6, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Hanford, California
Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the ...more
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Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. (born April 23, 1943) is an American retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is best known for scoring a then record 42 ...more