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The Best NBA Players from Illinois 

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Updated March 11, 2020 9.9k votes 1.3k voters 26.5k views 108 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Illinois.

Here are the best NBA players from Illinois. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Illinois includes some of the most famous athletes in sports, including Chicago native NBA players Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade, Isiah Thomas, and Derrick Rose. Who is the greatest NBA player from Illinois?

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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward and Center from Kankakee, Illinois

Age: 64

Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

Jack Wayne Sikma (born November 14, 1955) is an American retired basketball center. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star with the Seattle SuperSonics, who drafted him in the first round with the ...more

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Hersey Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 53

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls

Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. (born September 29, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player. After starring at Chicago's Westinghouse High School, the 6'3" (1.90 m) shooting ...more

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Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Doug Collins Shooting guard and Small forward from Christopher, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Douglas or Doug Collins may refer to: Doug Collins (journalist) (1920–2001), Canadian journalist, alleged Holocaust denier Doug Collins (basketball) (born 1951), former American NBA player, ...more
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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward and Center from Batavia, Illinois

Age: 71

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Daniel Paul Issel (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of ...more

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Corey Maggette is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard and Small forward from Melrose Park, Illinois

Age: 40

Number: 50

Teams: Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

Corey Antoine Maggette (; born November 12, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He now plays professional ...more
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Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 60

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, + more

Edward Arnet Johnson (born May 1, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association and a year in the Greek Basket League ...more

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Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Oak Park, Illinois

Age: 29

Number: 9

Teams: Houston Rockets

Iman Asante Shumpert ( EE-mahn; born June 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Shumpert ...more

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Quentin Richardson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 39

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

Quentin L. Richardson (born April 13, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player, formerly was the director of player development for the Detroit Pistons of the National ...more
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Evan Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 31

Number: 1

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Evan Marcel Turner (born October 27, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted second overall by the ...more

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Craig Hodges is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Age: 59

Teams: Phoenix Suns, San Diego Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

Craig Anthony Hodges (born June 27, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach of the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League. He played in the ...more
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Kevin Duckworth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Kevin Duckworth Center from Harvey, Illinois

Age: Dec. at 44 (1964-2008)

Teams: Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

Kevin James Duckworth (April 1, 1964 – August 25, 2008) was an American professional basketball player at center in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Illinois, he played ...more

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Darius Miles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard and Small forward from USA, Illinois, Belleville

Age: 38

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers

Darius LaVar Miles (born October 9, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player. The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), 235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st) small forward was selected directly out of high ...more
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LaPhonso Ellis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward from East St. Louis, Illinois

Age: 49

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

LaPhonso Darnell Ellis (born May 5, 1970) is an American retired basketball player. He was selected by the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets as the fifth overall pick in the 1992 ...more
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Red Kerr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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Shannon Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard and Shooting guard from USA, Proviso Township, Maywood, Illinois

Age: 34

Number: 26

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

Shannon Brown (born November 29, 1985) is an American professional basketball player. He attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2003, and ...more
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Cazzie Russell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 75

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

Cazzie Lee Russell (born June 7, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. An NBA All-Star, he was selected by the New York Knicks with the first overall pick of the ...more

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Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward / Center from Lisle, Illinois

Age: 22

Number: 8

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Francis Stanley Kaminsky III (born April 4, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played ...more

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Richaun Holmes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Forward from Lockport, Illinois

Age: 26

Richaun Diante Holmes (born October 15, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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Eddy Curry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Center from Harvey, Illinois

Age: 37

Teams: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

Eddy Anthony Curry Jr. (born December 5, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Coming directly out of Thornwood ...more

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Ken Norman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 55

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

Kenneth Darnel Norman (born September 5, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player. After graduating from Chicago's Crane High School, Kenny was a standout forward for the ...more
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Quinn Buckner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Age: 65

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

William Quinn Buckner (born August 20, 1954) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers, and was selected ...more
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Kevin Porter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Age: 69

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons

Kevin Porter (born April 17, 1950) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and led the league in assists in four ...more

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Luther Head is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 37

Teams: Houston Rockets

Luther Dale Head (born November 26, 1982) is an American professional basketball shooting guard, currently playing for the Cape Breton Highlanders, in the NBL Canada.
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Will Bynum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 36

Number: 12

Teams: Golden State Warriors

William Bynum (born January 4, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He played college basketball for the ...more
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Rickey Green is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Age: 65

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, + more

Rickey Green (born August 18, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, a 6'0" (1.83 m) and 170 lb (77 kg) ...more

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