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The Best NBA Players from California

Updated February 20, 2020 25.9k votes 1.9k voters 39.7k views196 items

List RulesOnly 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 Leonard1
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    Kawhi Leonard

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    Number2

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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  • James Harden2
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    James Harden

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Reggie Miller3
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    Reggie Miller

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

  • Damian Lillard4
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    Damian Lillard

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

  • Ray Allen5
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    170

    Ray Allen

    Merced, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Klay Thompson6
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    Klay Thompson

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    Number11

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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  • Gary Payton7
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    Gary Payton

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age52

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Russell Westbrook8
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    Russell Westbrook

    Long Beach, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number0

    TeamsWashington Wizards

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  • Jason Kidd9
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    Jason Kidd

    California, United States of America

    PositionPoint guard

    Age47

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

  • Paul Pierce10
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    Paul Pierce

    Oakland, California

    PositionSmall forward

    Age43

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • Paul George11
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    Paul George

    Palmdale, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age30

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

  • DeMar DeRozan12
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    DeMar DeRozan

    Compton, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    Number10

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

  • Bill Walton13
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    Bill Walton

    La Mesa, California

    PositionCenter

    Age68

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

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    #20 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#2 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time

  • Tim Hardaway14
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    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age53

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

  • Kevin Love15
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    Kevin Love

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age32

    Number42

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • Baron Davis16
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    Baron Davis

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age41

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

  • Michael Cooper17
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    Michael Cooper

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age63

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #12 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#16 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Jrue Holiday18
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    Jrue Holiday

    Chatsworth, Los Angeles

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age30

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

  • Spencer Dinwiddie19
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    Spencer Dinwiddie

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age22

    Number26

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Aaron Gordon20
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    Aaron Gordon

    San Jose, California

    PositionForward

    Age25

    Number00

    TeamsOrlando Magic

  • Brook Lopez21
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    Brook Lopez

    North Hollywood, Los Angeles

    PositionCenter

    Age32

    Number11

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

  • Kyle Korver22
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    Kyle Korver

    Lakewood, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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  • Gail Goodrich23
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    Gail Goodrich

    Los Angeles, California

    Age77

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

  • Dennis Johnson24
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    Dennis Johnson

    San Pedro, Los Angeles

    AgeDec. at 53 (1954-2007)

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

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    #62 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#45 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Kevin Johnson25
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    Kevin Johnson

    Sacramento, California

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers