Basketball The Best NBA Players from Illinois  

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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 Chicago NBA players Anthony Davis, Dwyane Wade, Isiah Thomas, and Derrick Rose. Who is the greatest NBA player from Illinois?

Vote up the top Illinois NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. 

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Isiah Lord Thomas III is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of ...more

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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college ...more

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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

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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Joliet, Illinois, United States of America
George Lawrence Mikan, Jr., nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers ...more

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31 15
Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Springfield, Illinois, United States of America
Andre Tyler Iguodala is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and ...more

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Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America
Shawn Dwayne Marion is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Marion ...more

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Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Patrick Beverley (born July 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
McLeansboro, Illinois, United States of America
Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Sloan is an American former National Basketball Association player and head coach, and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Former NBA commissioner David ...more

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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Batavia, Illinois, United States of America
Daniel Paul "Dan" Issel is a retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, he was twice named an All ...more

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. A ...more

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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Kankakee, Illinois, United States of America
Jack Wayne Sikma is a retired American NBA basketball center. He was known for his distinctive curly, blonde hair along with his patented step back behind the head jumper during his playing

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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Maurice Edward "Mo" Cheeks is an American retired professional basketball player. He was previously an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the head coach of the ...more

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Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Christopher, Illinois, United States of America
Paul Douglas "Doug" Collins is an American retired basketball player. He was the first overall pick of the 1973 NBA draft and a four-time NBA All-Star. He has also been an NBA coach, ...more

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Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Mark Anthony Aguirre is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association. Aguirre played from 1981–1994 and won two championships with the Detroit Pistons after being ...more

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Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Jabari Ali Parker is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He was taken with the second overall pick in ...more

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Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Robert Terrell "Terry" Cummings is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons as a power forward and occasional

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Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Bellwood, Illinois, United States of America
Robert Covington is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The small forward played college basketball for the ...more

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Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Melrose Park, Illinois, United States of America
Michael Howard Finley is an American retired professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA ...more

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Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Juwan Antonio Howard is an American retired professional basketball player who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Howard formerly ...more

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Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
Shaun Patrick Livingston is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. In 2004, Livingston decided not ...more

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Evan Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Evan Marcel Turner is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in ...more

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Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Fredderick Edmund VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). At Auburn High School in ...more

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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Antoine Devon Walker is an American retired professional basketball player. He was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Kentucky and played in the ...more