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The Best NBA Players from California

Updated February 20, 2020 24.7k votes 1.8k voters 37.3k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Kawhi Leonard

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age28

    Number2

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    James Harden

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    Number13

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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    Reggie Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Reggie Miller

    Riverside, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age54

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

  • 4
    Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Ray Allen

    Merced, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age44

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Damian Lillard

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    Number0

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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  • 6
    Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Gary Payton

    Oakland, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age51

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

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    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Russell Westbrook

    Long Beach, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    Number0

    TeamsHouston Rockets

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    Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Klay Thompson

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age29

    Number11

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

  • 9
    Paul George is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Paul George

    Palmdale, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    Number24

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Jason Kidd

    California, United States of America

    PositionPoint guard

    Age46

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

  • 11
    Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Paul Pierce

    Oakland, California

    PositionSmall forward

    Age42

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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  • 12
    DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    DeMar DeRozan

    Compton, California

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    Number10

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

  • 13
    Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Bill Walton

    La Mesa, California

    PositionCenter

    Age67

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

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    Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age53

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

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    Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Baron Davis

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age40

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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    Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Kevin Love

    Santa Monica, California

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age31

    Number42

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

  • 17
    Michael Cooper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Michael Cooper

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age63

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Jrue Holiday

    Chatsworth, Los Angeles

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age29

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

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    Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Kyle Korver

    Lakewood, California

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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  • 20
    Aaron Gordon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Aaron Gordon

    San Jose, California

    PositionForward

    Age24

    Number00

    TeamsOrlando Magic

  • 21
    Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Brook Lopez

    North Hollywood, Los Angeles

    PositionCenter

    Age31

    Number11

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

  • 22
    Spencer Dinwiddie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Spencer Dinwiddie

    Los Angeles, California

    PositionPoint guard

    Age22

    Number26

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

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    Gail Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Gail Goodrich

    Los Angeles, California

    Age76

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Jazz

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    Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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    Kevin Johnson

    Sacramento, California

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from California
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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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