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The Best NBA Players from California

Updated February 20, 2020 25.6k votes 1.9k voters 40.8k 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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  • Kawhi Leonard1
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    Kawhi Leonard

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    Number2

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    #134 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#75 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

  • James Harden2
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    James Harden

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    Number13

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    The Best Harden Vol. 3 Colorways, Ranked#95 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Reggie Miller3
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    Reggie Miller

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

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    #24 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#19 of 31 The Best NBA Commentators Ever

  • Damian Lillard4
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    Damian Lillard

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    #7 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#96 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Ray Allen5
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    Ray Allen

    Merced, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #1 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 31 The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

  • Klay Thompson6
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    Klay Thompson

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    Number11

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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    #4 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time#1427 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Gary Payton7
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    Gary Payton

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age52

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

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    #2 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#59 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Russell Westbrook8
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    Russell Westbrook

    Long Beach, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number0

    TeamsWashington Wizards

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    The Best Jordan "Why Not?" Zer0.2 Colorways, Ranked#5 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players

  • Jason Kidd9
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    Jason Kidd

    California, United States of America

    PositionPoint guard

    Age47

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

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    #65 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#42 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • Paul Pierce10
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    Paul Pierce

    Oakland, California

    PositionSmall forward

    Age43

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #3 of 49 The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time#196 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Paul George11
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    Paul George

    Palmdale, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age30

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

  • DeMar DeRozan12
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    DeMar DeRozan

    Compton, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    Number10

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

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    #11 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money#90 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019

  • Bill Walton13
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    Bill Walton

    La Mesa, California

    PositionCenter

    Age68

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

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    #20 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#28 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Kevin Love14
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    Kevin Love

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age32

    Number42

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    #135 of 176 The Best Hot Ones Guests Ever#29 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

  • Tim Hardaway15
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    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

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

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    #9 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame#42 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • Jrue Holiday16
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    Jrue Holiday

    Chatsworth, Los Angeles

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age30

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

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    #26 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#7 of 75 The Best Current NBA Defenders

  • Michael Cooper17
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    Michael Cooper

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age63

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    #13 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s#4 of 31 The Best Los Angeles Lakers Shooting Guards of All Time

  • Baron Davis18
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    Baron Davis

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age41

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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    #7 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#10 of 28 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the '90s

  • Aaron Gordon19
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    Aaron Gordon

    San Jose, California

    PositionForward

    Age25

    Number00

    TeamsOrlando Magic

  • Kyle Korver20
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    Kyle Korver

    Lakewood, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age39

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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    #61 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#158 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • Brook Lopez21
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    Brook Lopez

    North Hollywood, Los Angeles

    PositionCenter

    Age32

    Number11

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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    #51 of 80 Twins in Sports#39 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • Spencer Dinwiddie22
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    Spencer Dinwiddie

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age22

    Number26

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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  • Gail Goodrich23
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    Gail Goodrich

    Los Angeles, California

    Age77

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

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    #12 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#12 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s

  • Kevin Johnson24
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    Kevin Johnson

    Sacramento, California

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • Dennis Johnson25
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    Dennis Johnson

    San Pedro, Los Angeles

    AgeDec. at 53 (1954-2007)

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

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    #64 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#43 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History