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The Best NBA Players from Illinois 

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Updated March 11, 2020 9.8k votes 1.2k voters 25.8k 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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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 3

Teams: Miami Heat

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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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 31

Number: 1

Teams: Detroit Pistons

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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#84 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #78 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #4 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 26

Number: 3

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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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#111 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #50 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 58

Teams: Detroit Pistons

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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#1,113 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #63 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #28 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 53

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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
Small forward from Springfield, Illinois

Age: 35

Number: 9

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

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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#1,765 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #62 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #102 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Center from Joliet, Illinois

Age: Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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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#54 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #14 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 58

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

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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#174 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #43 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #27 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

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Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Age: 31

Number: 21

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

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) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Number: 23

Teams: Toronto Raptor

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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Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward and Power forward from Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 41

Number: 0

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat

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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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 63

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

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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Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward from McLeansboro, Illinois

Age: 77

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Bulls

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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#88 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #159 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #64 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard from Peoria, Illinois

Age: 34

Number: 34

Teams: Golden State Warriors

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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#86 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #311 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #85 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 60

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

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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#1,577 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #94 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #156 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Small forward and Power forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

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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#268 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #11 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #27 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard from Elmhurst, Illinois

Age: 56

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

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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#34 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #119 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #33 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard and Small forward from Melrose Park, USA, Illinois

Age: 46

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

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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#66 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #218 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2 of 58 The Best Wisconsin Basketball Players Ever

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Nick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Nick Anderson Shooting guard and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 51

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

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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Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 46

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

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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Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Shooting guard and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 51

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, + more

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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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 37

Number: 9

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

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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Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward and Small forward from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 24

Number: 5

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

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

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#368 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #35 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #105 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Power forward from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

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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Robert Covington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
Forward from Bellwood, Illinois

Age: 29

Number: 33

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Robert Covington (born December 14, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The small forward played ...more

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