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The Best NBA Players from Illinois

Updated March 11, 2020 14.8k votes 1.5k voters 31.1k 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

    PositionShooting guard

    Age38

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

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

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    #451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#57 of 65 Who Is The Most Charming Man Alive?

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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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    #971 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time

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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

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    #1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#80 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Derrick Rose4
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    Derrick Rose

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number1

    TeamsNew York Knicks

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

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    #32 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA#2 of 46 The Greatest Memphis Basketball Players of All Time

  • Tim Hardaway5
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    Tim Hardaway

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

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

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

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    #9 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame#42 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • 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

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    #10 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#120 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

  • 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

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    #10 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#123 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Doc Rivers8
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    Doc Rivers

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard

    Age59

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

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

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    #12 of 31 The Best NBA Coaches Right Now#27 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

  • 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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    #13 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#57 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

  • 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

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    #21 of 29 The Best NCAA Small Forwards of the 90s#83 of 121 The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

  • Jerry Sloan11
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    Jerry Sloan

    McLeansboro, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward

    Age78

    TeamsBaltimore Bullets, Chicago Bulls

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

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    #15 of 23 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 70s#10 of 27 The Best 60s NBA Shooting Guards

  • 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#54 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

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    #44 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#8 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • 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#102 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Michael Finley16
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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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    #96 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money#1 of 51 The Best Wisconsin Basketball Players Ever

  • Nick Anderson17
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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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    #19 of 25 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 80s#2 of 44 The Greatest Illinois Basketball Players Of All Time

  • Antoine Walker18
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    Antoine Walker

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age44

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

    Antoine Devon Walker (born August 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Hersey Hawkins19
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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

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    #18 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#61 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Kendall Gill20
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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

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    #151 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#137 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Terry Cummings21
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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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    #54 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History#45 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Shaun Livingston22
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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
  • Juwan Howard23
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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 Allen24
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    Tony Allen

    Chicago, Illinois

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    Number9

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

    Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last...  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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    #141 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#35 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History