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The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Updated March 11, 2020 14.4k votes 1.4k voters 28.4k 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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  • 1
    Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Isiah Thomas

    USA, Chicago

    PositionPoint guard

    Age58

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Dwyane Wade

    USA, Chicago

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

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

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  • 3
    Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Anthony Davis

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age26

    Number3

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Derrick Rose

    USA, Chicago

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    Number1

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Andre Iguodala is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 7
    George Mikan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Doc Rivers

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age58

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

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

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    Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Patrick Beverley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Patrick Beverley

    Chicago, Illinois

    Age31

    Number21

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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

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    Shawn Marion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
    Fredderick Edmund VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Nick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Hersey Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Kendall Gill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Kendall Gill

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age51

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Terry Cummings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Terry Cummings

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPower forward

    Age58

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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    Shaun Livingston

    Peoria, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    Number34

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Shaun Patrick Livingston (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jack Sikma is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Illinois
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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 on Wikipedia

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