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The Best NBA Players from California

Updated April 18, 2021 25.4k votes 2.0k voters 43.2k views197 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 Leonard

    Riverside, California

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    James Harden

    Los Angeles, California

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    Reggie Miller

    Riverside, California

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    Damian Lillard

    Oakland, California

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    Ray Allen

    Merced, California

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    #1 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#26 of 35 The Best Former Athletes Turned Actors

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    Klay Thompson

    Los Angeles, California

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    Russell Westbrook

    Long Beach, California

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    Gary Payton

    Oakland, California

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    Paul Pierce

    Oakland, California

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    Jason Kidd

    San Francisco, California

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    #41 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#38 of 78 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Paul George

    Palmdale, California

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    DeMar DeRozan

    Compton, California

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    Bill Walton

    La Mesa, California

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    Kevin Love

    Santa Monica, California

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    #139 of 185 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever#30 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

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    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

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    #11 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame#13 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

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    Baron Davis

    Santa Monica, California

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    Michael Cooper

    Los Angeles, California

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    Jrue Holiday

    Chatsworth, Los Angeles

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    Kyle Korver

    Lakewood, California

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    Brook Lopez

    North Hollywood, Los Angeles

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    #51 of 80 Twins in Sports#49 of 67 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

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    Gail Goodrich

    Los Angeles, California

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    Aaron Gordon

    San Jose, California
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    Spencer Dinwiddie

    Los Angeles, California

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    Kevin Johnson

    Sacramento, California
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    Dennis Johnson

    San Pedro, Los Angeles

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