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The Best NBA Players from California 

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Updated February 20, 2020 13.7k votes 1.3k voters 27.1k views 200 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, 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
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard, Small forward from Palmdale, California

Age: 29

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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4
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 4 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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5
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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7
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 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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8
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 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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9
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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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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11
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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12
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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14
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Power forward, Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 42

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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15
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard, Shooting guard from Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California

Age: 29

Number: 11

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

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16
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 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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17
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 53

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

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18
Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Forward from San Jose, California

Age: 24

Number: 00

Teams: Orlando Magic

19
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 19 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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20
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Shooting guard, Small forward from Lakewood, California

Age: 38

Number: 26

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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21
Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
23
Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward from Los Angeles, California

Age: 63

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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

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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