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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?

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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. ( dwayn; 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 ...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. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more
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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 (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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 (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, ...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 Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. At 6 ft (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP ...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 ( ig-wə-DAH-lə; born January 28, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The swingman was ...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. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball ...more
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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball ...more
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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Maurice Edward Cheeks (born September 8, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more
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Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Patrick Beverley (born July 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a player for the Los Angeles Clippers. He played college basketball for Arkansas before ...more
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Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 11 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). In college, he has ...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 Sloan (born March 28, 1942) 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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Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America
Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Marion finished his career as a ...more
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Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Shaun Patrick Livingston (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more
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Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Elmhurst, Illinois
Jeffrey John Hornacek (; born May 3, 1963) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the New York Knicks of the National ...more
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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft out of the University of ...more
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Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the National Basketball Association. Aguirre was chosen as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA draft ...more
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Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Melrose Park, Illinois, United States of America
Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player and current film producer and also Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas ...more
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Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Kendall Cedric Gill (born May 25, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player who now works as a television basketball analyst. During his professional career he played for seven ...more
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Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973) is the head basketball coach at the University of Michigan. He was an assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) ...more
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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time ...more
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Hersey Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
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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Nick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Nick Anderson Chicago, Illinois
Nelison “Nick” Anderson (born January 20, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for thirteen years. Born in Chicago, ...more
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Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Robert Terrell Cummings (born March 15, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for 18 seasons as a power forward and ...more
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Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Jabari Ali Parker (born March 15, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks ...more