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
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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287 95
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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202 64
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Los Angeles, California
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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237 82
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Palmdale, California
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
5
236 85
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Long Beach, California
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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235 85
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
167 57
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
139 46
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
9
150 52
Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
164 60
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Compton, California
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
11
137 48
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
143 56
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
88 56
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
97 66
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
77 51
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
66 42
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 16 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 Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
17
71 47
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
18
68 45
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
71 48
Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
San Jose, California
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
20
66 45
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
54 35
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Kevin Johnson
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60 41
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
Hanford, California
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
23
83 62
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 23 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 Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He unexpectedly led a winning ...more
24
50 34
Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
61 46
Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 25 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