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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. 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
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) 4 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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Paul George is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Oakland, California, United States of America
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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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. 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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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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 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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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 who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a ...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 "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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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 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
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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 "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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Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California
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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Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Gail Charles Goodrich Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is best known for scoring a then record 42 points in the 1965 NCAA ...more
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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Brook Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He is the twin brother of basketball player Robin Lopez, ...more
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Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Kevin Johnson
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Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California
Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He unexpectedly led a winning ...more