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The Best NBA Players from California

Updated February 20, 2020 25.4k votes 1.8k voters 38.1k 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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  • 1
    Kawhi Leonard
    1,044
    317

    Kawhi Leonard

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age28

    Number2

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    #25 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#4 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • 2
    James Harden
    918
    280

    James Harden

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    Number13

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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  • 3
    Reggie Miller
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    158

    Reggie Miller

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

  • 4
    Ray Allen
    576
    166

    Ray Allen

    Merced, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

  • 5
    Damian Lillard
    781
    254

    Damian Lillard

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    #94 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#39 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • 6
    Klay Thompson
    659
    214

    Klay Thompson

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age29

    Number11

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

  • 7
    Gary Payton
    492
    145

    Gary Payton

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age51

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

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    #2 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#35 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • 8
    Russell Westbrook
    751
    261

    Russell Westbrook

    Long Beach, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    Number0

    TeamsHouston Rockets

  • 9
    Jason Kidd
    467
    146

    Jason Kidd

    California, United States of America

    PositionPoint guard

    Age46

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

  • 10
    Paul George
    728
    268

    Paul George

    Palmdale, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

  • 11
    Paul Pierce
    498
    166

    Paul Pierce

    Oakland, California

    PositionSmall forward

    Age42

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #3 of 49 The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time#203 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • 12
    DeMar DeRozan
    452
    202

    DeMar DeRozan

    Compton, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    Number10

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

  • 13
    Bill Walton
    323
    153

    Bill Walton

    La Mesa, California

    PositionCenter

    Age67

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

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

  • 14
    Tim Hardaway
    260
    134

    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age53

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

  • 15
    Kevin Love
    314
    179

    Kevin Love

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age31

    Number42

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • 16
    Baron Davis
    262
    144

    Baron Davis

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age40

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

  • 17
    Michael Cooper
    189
    94

    Michael Cooper

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age63

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

  • 18
    Jrue Holiday
    252
    145

    Jrue Holiday

    Chatsworth, Los Angeles

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age29

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

  • 19
    Kyle Korver
    216
    126

    Kyle Korver

    Lakewood, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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    #134 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#59 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • 20
    Spencer Dinwiddie
    207
    121

    Spencer Dinwiddie

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age22

    Number26

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    #90 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#16 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

  • 21
    Brook Lopez
    212
    125

    Brook Lopez

    North Hollywood, Los Angeles

    PositionCenter

    Age31

    Number11

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

  • 22
    Aaron Gordon
    229
    139

    Aaron Gordon

    San Jose, California

    PositionForward

    Age24

    Number00

    TeamsOrlando Magic

  • 23
    Gail Goodrich
    157
    85

    Gail Goodrich

    Los Angeles, California

    Age76

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

  • 24
    Dennis Johnson
    108
    48

    Dennis Johnson

    San Pedro, Los Angeles

    AgeDec. at 53 (1954-2007)

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

  • 25
    Kevin Johnson
    169
    99

    Kevin Johnson

    Sacramento, California

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers