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The Best NBA Players from Kansas

Updated March 22, 2020 670 votes 99 voters 2.4k views34 items

List RulesOnly NBA players born in Kansas.

Here are the best NBA players from Kansas. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Kansas includes Warren Jabali, Willie Cauley-Stein, Ron Baker, and Larry Drew. Who is the greatest NBA player from Kansas?

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

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  • 1
    Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Willie Cauley-Stein

    Spearville, Kansas

    PositionForward

    Age26

    Number2

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Willie Trill Cauley-Stein (born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. on August 18, 1993) is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Lionel Hollins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Lionel Hollins

    Arkansas City, Kansas

    PositionPoint guard

    Age66

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, San Diego Clippers, Detroit Pistons

    Lionel Eugene Hollins (born October 19, 1953) is an American professional basketball coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Ron Baker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Ron Baker

    Hays, Kansas

    Age22

    Number31

    Ronald Delaine Baker (born March 30, 1993) is an American professional basketball for CSKA... more on Wikipedia
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    Warren Jabali is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Warren Jabali

    Kansas City, Kansas

    AgeDec. at 66 (1946-2012)

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets

    Warren Jabali (August 29, 1946 – July 13, 2012) was an American basketball player. He played... more on Wikipedia
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    Larry Drew is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Larry Drew

    Kansas City, Kansas

    PositionPoint guard

    Age61

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

    Larry Donnell Drew (born April 2, 1958) is an American professional basketball coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Scott Wedman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Scott Wedman

    Harper, Kansas

    PositionSmall forward

    Age67

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Scott Dean Wedman (born July 29, 1952) is an American former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Howie Shannon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Howie Shannon

    Manhattan, Kansas

    AgeDec. at 72 (1923-1995)

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Providence Steamrollers

    Howard Shannon (June 10, 1923 – August 16, 1995) was an American basketball player and coach. ... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Semi Ojeleye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Semi Ojeleye

    Overland Park, Kansas

    PositionPower forward

    Number37

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Jesusemilore Talodabijesu "Semi" Ojeleye (born December 5, 1994) is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Alvan Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Alvan Adams

    Lawrence, Kansas

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age65

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Alvan Leigh Adams (born July 19, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player.... more on Wikipedia
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    Maurice King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
    Maurice E. "Maury" King (December 1, 1934 – September 17, 2007) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Scott Hastings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Scott Hastings

    Independence, Kansas

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age59

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    Scott Alan Hastings (born June 3, 1960) is a retired American player in the National... more on Wikipedia
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    Lucius Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Lucius Allen

    Kansas City, Kansas

    PositionShooting guard

    Age72

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

    Lucius Oliver Allen, Jr. (born September 26, 1947) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Earl Watson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Earl Watson

    Kansas City, Kansas

    PositionPoint guard

    Age40

    Number11

    TeamsMemphis Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

    Earl Joseph Watson Jr. (born June 12, 1979) is an American professional basketball coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Martin Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Martin Lewis

    Liberal, Kansas

    Age44

    TeamsToronto Raptors

    Martin Lewis (born April 28, 1975) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Riney Lochmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Riney Lochmann

    Wichita, Kansas

    Age75

    Reinhold D. Lochmann (born May 26, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Dick Knostman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Dick Knostman

    Wamego, Kansas

    PositionCenter

    Age88

    TeamsSyracuse Nationals

    Richard W. "Dick" Knostman (born August 9, 1931) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Bob Kinney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Bob Kinney

    Fort Scott, Kansas

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 65 (1920-1985)

    Robert Paul Kinney (September 16, 1920 – September 2, 1985) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Wayne Simien is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Wayne Simien

    Leavenworth, Kansas

    PositionPower forward

    Age36

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Wayne Anthony Simien Jr. (born March 9, 1983) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Maurice Evans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Maurice Evans

    Wichita, Kansas

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward, Forward

    Age41

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons

    Maurice Eugene Evans (born November 8, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Melvin Sanders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Melvin Sanders

    Liberal, Kansas

    Age38

    Melvin Ray Sanders (born January 3, 1981) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Ed Nealy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Ed Nealy

    Pittsburg, Kansas

    Age59

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Kansas City Kings, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

    Eddie Carl Nealy (born February 19, 1960) is an American retired basketball player. At 6'7"... more on Wikipedia
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    Matt Freije is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Matt Freije

    Bismarck, North Dakota

    PositionPower forward

    Age38

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans

    Matthew Wayne "Matt" Freije (born October 2, 1981) is a Lebanese/ American former professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Otto Schnellbacher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Otto Schnellbacher

    Sublette, Kansas

    AgeDec. at 85 (1923-2008)

    TeamsProvidence Steamrollers

    Otto Ole Schnellbacher (April 15, 1923 – March 10, 2008) was an American football defensive... more on Wikipedia
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    Johnny Orr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    AgeDec. at 86 (1927-2013)

    John or Johnny Orr may refer to: John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr (1880–1971), Scottish... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Henson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kansas
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    Steve Henson

    Junction City, Kansas

    PositionPoint guard

    Age51

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

    Steven Michael Henson (born February 2, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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