Basketball 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, United States of America
Kawhi Anthony Leonard is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association. Leonard, a 6-ft 7-in, 230-lb small forward, played college ...more
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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
James Edward Harden, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Harden played college basketball for ...more
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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California, United States of America
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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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Palmdale, California, United States of America
Paul Clifton Anthony George is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. George played high school ...more
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107 34
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Klay Alexander Thompson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6'7", he plays ...more
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101 32
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Merced, California, United States of America
Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami ...more
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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Long Beach, California, United States of America
Russell Westbrook Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Westbrook played college basketball ...more
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93 28
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Riverside, California, United States of America
Reginald Wayne "Reggie" Miller is a retired American professional basketball player who played his entire 18-year National Basketball Association career with the Indiana Pacers. Miller ...more
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104 36
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Compton, California, United States of America
DeMar Darnell DeRozan is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the USC Trojans and ...more
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93 32
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California, United States of America
Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Pierce was a high school McDonald's ...more
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85 29
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California, USA
Gary Dwayne Payton is an American former professional basketball point guard. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics. He has also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, ...more
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78 30
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
California, United States of America
Jason Frederick Kidd is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Previously a point guard ...more
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65 37
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 is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more
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52 27
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Baron Walter Louis Davis is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He last played for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. A two-time ...more
15
60 35
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
La Mesa, California, United States of America
William Theodore "Bill" Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins ...more
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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Timothy Duane "Tim" Hardaway Sr. is a retired American basketball player, currently serving as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. ...more
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49 28
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California
Jrue Randall Holiday is an American professional basketball player who currently for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for one season ...more
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Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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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40 23
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Lakewood, California, United States of America
Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
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39 23
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Kevin Johnson
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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Hanford, California, United States of America
Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the second ...more
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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Brook Lopez is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He is the twin brother of basketball player Robin ...more
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45 30
Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
San Jose, California, United States of America
Aaron Addison Gordon is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college basketball for ...more
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Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Michael Jerome Cooper is an American basketball coach, currently serving as head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA, and retired professional player. Prior to joining Atlanta, he coached the ...more
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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He unexpectedly led a winning ...more