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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky  

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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
Louisville, Kentucky
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
Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
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
Louisville, Kentucky
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
Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
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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Rex Chapman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Rex Chapman Bowling Green, Kentucky
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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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Newport, Kentucky
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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Darrell Griffith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Darrell Griffith Louisville, Kentucky
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
Louisville, Kentucky
Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Cliff Hagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Owensboro, Kentucky
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) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Frank Ramsey Corydon, Kentucky
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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Darius Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Maysville, Kentucky
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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Jack Givens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
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) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
TRENT13 added Morganfield, Kentucky
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) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Melvin Harrison "Mel" Turpin (December 28, 1960 – July 8, 2010) was an American professional basketball player.
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Phil Bond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
TRENT13 added Phil Bond Louisville, Kentucky
Phillip Damone "Phil" Bond (born July 27, 1954) is a retired American basketball player. Born in Paducah, Kentucky, Bond attended Manual High School in Louisville, where he graduated ...more
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Ron Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
TRENT13 added Ronald Thomas
Ron Thomas (November 19, 1950 – July 14, 2018) was an American basketball player. He played at both the college and professional level in the United States. Thomas, a native of Louisville, ...more
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Steve Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Steve Hamilton
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Bob Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
TRENT13 added Bob Miller
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Shelvin Mack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Shelvin Mack Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
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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Frank Selvy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Corbin, Kentucky
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
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Charlie Tyra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
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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Joe Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
James "Joe" Hamilton Jr. (born July 5, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Alvin Sims is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Alvin Sims (born October 18, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'4" (1.93 m) guard from Paris High School in Paris, Kentucky, Sims played at ...more
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Bob Arnzen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Bob Arnzen Covington, Kentucky
Robert Louis "Bob" Arnzen (born November 3, 1947) is a retired American basketball and baseball player. Born in Covington, Kentucky, Arnzen graduated from St. Xavier High School in ...more
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Clarence Glover is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Clarence Glover Horse Cave, Kentucky
Clarence Glover (born November 1, 1947) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player, who played in college at Western Kentucky (1968–1971). Glover was a forward ...more