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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky 

Ranker NBA
Updated August 5, 2019 2.3k votes 255 voters 4.6k views 113 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Kentucky.

Here are the best NBA players from Kentucky. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Kentucky includes Rajon Rondo, D'Angelo Russell, Allan Houston, and Wes Unseld. Who is the greatest NBA player from Kentucky?

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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Center from Louisville, Kentucky

Age: 73

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

Westley Sissel Unseld (born March 14, 1946) is an American former basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, and was inducted into the ...more
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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Age: 33

Number: 9

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rondo played two years of ...more
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D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Age: 23

Teams: Golden State Warriors

D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected ...more
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Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Shooting guard from USA, Kentucky, Louisville

Age: 48

Teams: Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2005. A shooting guard, ...more
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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Power forward and Center from Newport, Kentucky

Age: 71

Teams: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center position and occasionally played power ...more
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Rex Chapman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Rex Chapman Shooting guard from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Age: 52

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player. Chapman was a college standout at the University of Kentucky and went on to play for four ...more
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Darrell Griffith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Darrell Griffith Shooting guard from Louisville, Kentucky

Age: 61

Teams: Utah Jazz

Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958), also known by his nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, is an American former basketball player who spent his entire professional career with the Utah Jazz of ...more
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Derek Anderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Point guard and Shooting guard from Louisville, Kentucky

Age: 45

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, + more

Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Darius Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Small forward from Maysville, Kentucky, USA

Age: 29

Number: 21

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Darius Tiyon Miller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Brose Baskets of the Basketball Bundesliga. He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky ...more
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Cliff Hagan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Shooting guard and Small forward from Owensboro, Kentucky

Age: 88

Teams: St. Louis Hawks

Clifford Oldham Hagan (born December 9, 1931) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6-4 forward who excelled with the hook shot, Hagan, nicknamed "Li'l Abner", played ...more
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Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Frank Ramsey

Age: 88

Teams: Boston Celtics

Frank Vernon Ramsey Jr. (July 13, 1931 – July 8, 2018) was an American professional basketball player and coach. A 6-5 forward/guard, he played his entire nine-year (1954–1964) NBA career with ...more
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Shelvin Mack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Shelvin Mack Point guard from Lexington, Kentucky

Age: 29

Number: 6

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Shelvin Bernard Mack Jr. (born April 22, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for Olimpia Milano of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) and the EuroLeague. He played college ...more
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Jack Givens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Shooting guard and Small forward from Lexington, Kentucky

Age: 63

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Jack "Goose" Givens (born September 21, 1956) is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player. Givens led the University of Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA Men's Division ...more
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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
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Age: 65

Teams: Buffalo Braves

Larry O. Johnson (born November 28, 1954) is an American retired basketball player who had a brief career in the NBA. He was a 6'3" guard and played competitively at Kentucky's Union County ...more
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Melvin Turpin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Center from Lexington, Kentucky

Age: Dec. at 50 (1960-2010)

Teams: Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

Melvin Harrison "Mel" Turpin (December 28, 1960 – July 8, 2010) was an American professional basketball player.
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Clem Haskins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Age: 76

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Clem Smith Haskins (born August 11, 1943) is an American retired college and professional basketball player and college basketball coach. In the fall of 1963, he and star player Dwight Smith ...more
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Ray Spalding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
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Raymond Spalding (born March 11, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for
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Bubba Wells is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Bubba Wells

Age: 45

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Charles Richard "Bubba" Wells (born July 26, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player. He played briefly for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball ...more
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Charlie Tyra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Power forward and Center from Louisville, Kentucky

Age: Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)

Teams: Chicago Zephyrs, New York Knicks

Charles E. Tyra (August 16, 1935 – December 29, 2006) was an American basketball player who is best known as the first Louisville Cardinal All-American.
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Glen Combs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Age: 73

Glen Courtney Combs (born October 30, 1946 in Hazard, Kentucky) is a retired American basketball player. A 6'2" guard from Virginia Tech, Combs was nicknamed "The Kentucky Rifle" ...more
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Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Age: 83

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors

Adrian Howard "Odie" Smith (born October 5, 1936) is a retired American professional basketball player.
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Joe Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Age: 71

James "Joe" Hamilton Jr. (born July 5, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Butch Beard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Point guard from Hardinsburg, Kentucky

Age: 72

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr. (born May 5, 1947) is a former professional basketball player and coach. He was the starting point guard with the 1975 NBA champion Golden State Warriors. ...more
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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Sam Smith
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Frank Selvy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Shooting guard from Corbin, Kentucky

Age: 87

Teams: Milwaukee Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks

Franklin Delano Selvy (born November 9, 1932) is a former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who is best known for holding the record for the most points (100) in a Division ...more