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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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 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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87 22
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, USA
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, United States of America
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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39 14
Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 7 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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42 17
George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
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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Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 13 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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31 14
Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 14 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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30 14
Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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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26 11
Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Dan Issel is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Corey Maggette is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Melrose Park, Illinois, United States of America
Corey Antoine Maggette is an American former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He currently works as an analyst for Fox Sports.
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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 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
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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Anthony "Tony" Allen is an American professional basketball player with the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
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Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Elmhurst, Illinois, United States of America
Jeffrey John Hornacek is an American head coach for the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He formerly played shooting guard in the NBA from 1986 through 2000.
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Iman Shumpert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America
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