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. (born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the National ...more
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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
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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164 41
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
Andre Tyler Iguodala (born January 28, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was an NBA ...more
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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Joliet, Illinois
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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57 20
Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
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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54 19
Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
55 20
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 10 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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52 20
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
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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Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
McLeansboro, Illinois
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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Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Shaun Patrick Livingston (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Livingston entered ...more
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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
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
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42 19
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
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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42 19
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Bellwood, Illinois
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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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Anthony "Tony" Allen is an American professional basketball player with the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
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Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Kankakee, Illinois
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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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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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Batavia, Illinois
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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Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Oak Park, Illinois
Iman Asante Shumpert is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He was selected by the New York Knicks ...more
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36 18
Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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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36 18
Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Kendall Cedric Gill is an American retired professional basketball player, who now works as a television basketball analyst.
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Nick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Nelison "Nick" Anderson is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for thirteen years. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Anderson ...more