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The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Updated March 11, 2020 15.1k votes 1.5k voters 30.3k views108 items

List RulesOnly 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?

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

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  • Dwyane Wade1
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    Dwyane Wade

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age38

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional...  more

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    #421 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#37 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

  • Anthony Davis2
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    Anthony Davis

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age27

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Isiah Thomas3
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    Isiah Thomas

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age59

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played...  more

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    #1162 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time

  • Derrick Rose4
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    Derrick Rose

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number1

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Tim Hardaway5
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    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age53

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

    Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player....  more
  • Andre Iguodala6
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    Andre Iguodala

    Springfield, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward

    Age35

    Number9

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies

    Andre Tyler Iguodala ( ig-wə-DAH-lə; born January 28, 1984) is an American professional...  more
  • George Mikan7
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    George Mikan

    Joliet, Illinois

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    George Lawrence Mikan Jr. (June 18, 1924 – June 1, 2005), nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an...  more
  • Doc Rivers8
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    Doc Rivers

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age59

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

    Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former...  more

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    #27 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards#11 of 30 The Best NBA Coaches Right Now

  • Maurice Cheeks9
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    Maurice Cheeks

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age63

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

    Maurice Edward Cheeks (born September 8, 1956) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #7 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#36 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Shawn Marion10
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    Shawn Marion

    Waukegan, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age41

    Number0

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Miami Heat

    Shawn Dwayne Marion (born May 7, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player...  more
  • Jerry Sloan11
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    Jerry Sloan

    McLeansboro, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward

    Age77

    TeamsBaltimore Bullets, Chicago Bulls

    Gerald Eugene Sloan (born March 28, 1942) is an American former National Basketball...  more
  • Mark Aguirre12
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    Mark Aguirre

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward

    Age60

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

    Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the...  more

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    #33 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#57 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Jeff Hornacek13
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    Jeff Hornacek

    Elmhurst, Illinois

    PositionShooting guard

    Age56

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers

    Jeffrey John Hornacek (; born May 3, 1963) is an American professional basketball coach and...  more
  • Fred VanVleet14
    Fredderick Edmund VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • Patrick Beverley15
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    Patrick Beverley

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number21

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (born July 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who is...  more

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    #4 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#45 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Antoine Walker16
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    Antoine Walker

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age43

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

    Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Michael Finley17
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    Michael Finley

    Melrose Park, USA

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age46

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #69 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#214 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Nick Anderson18
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    Nick Anderson

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age51

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

    Nelison “Nick” Anderson (born January 20, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #25 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#19 of 25 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Kendall Gill19
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    Kendall Gill

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

    Kendall Cedric Gill (born May 25, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more
  • Terry Cummings20
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    Terry Cummings

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPower forward

    Age59

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks

    Robert Terrell Cummings (born March 15, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #114 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#45 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Hersey Hawkins21
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    Hersey Hawkins

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionShooting guard

    Age53

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls

    Hersey R. Hawkins, Jr. (born September 29, 1966) is an American retired professional...  more
  • Juwan Howard22
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    Juwan Howard

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age46

    Number5

    TeamsDallas 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...  more
  • Tony Allen23
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    Tony Allen

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age37

    Number9

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

    Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last...  more
  • Shaun Livingston24
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    Shaun Livingston

    Peoria, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    Number34

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Shaun Patrick Livingston (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • Jack Sikma25
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    Jack Sikma

    Kankakee, Illinois

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age64

    TeamsSeattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

    Jack Wayne Sikma (born November 14, 1955) is an American retired basketball center. He was a...  more

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    #175 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#42 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time