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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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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Westley Sissel "Wes" Unseld is an American former basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets, and was inducted into the Naismith ...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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Rex Chapman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Rex Chapman Bowling Green, Kentucky
Rex Everett Chapman is a retired American professional basketball player. Chapman was a college standout at the University of Kentucky and went on to play for four NBA teams through his 12-year ...more
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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Newport, Kentucky
David William Cowens is a retired American professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center and occasionally the power forward position. He was inducted into ...more
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Allan Houston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
Allan Wade Houston is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1993-2005. He is currently the Assistant General Manager for the ...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, also known by his nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, is a retired American basketball player who spent his entire professional career with the Utah Jazz of the National ...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 is an American former professional basketball player. Anderson is a graduate of Doss High School and was a Kentucky All-Star. Anderson played college basketball at the Ohio ...more
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Cliff Hagan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Owensboro, Kentucky
Clifford Oldham "Cliff" Hagan is an American former professional basketball player. A 6-4 forward who excelled with the hook shot, Hagan, nicknamed "Li'l Abner," played his ...more
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Darius Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Shelvin Mack is listed (or ranked) 11 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 the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Frank Ramsey Corydon, Kentucky
Frank Vernon Ramsey, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player and coach. A 6-3 guard, he played his entire nine-year NBA career with the Boston Celtics and played a major role in ...more
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Jack Givens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Jack "Goose" Givens is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player. Givens led the University of Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship ...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 was an American professional basketball player.
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Chris Whitney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Christopher Antoine Whitney is a former American professional basketball player. Whitney was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. A 6'0" point guard from Clemson University, Whitney was selected ...more
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Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
TRENT13 added Morganfield, Kentucky
Larry O. Johnson is a retired American basketball player who had a brief career in the NBA. He was a 6'3" guard and played competitively at Kentucky's Union County High School and the ...more
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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Sam Smith Hazard, Kentucky
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Frank Selvy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Corbin, Kentucky
Franklin Delano "Frank" Selvy is a former NBA basketball player who is best known for holding the record for the most points in a Division I college basketball game with 100 points. ...more
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Ray Spalding is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
TRENT13 added
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) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Bubba Wells Russellville, Kentucky
Charles Richard "Bubba" Wells is a retired American professional basketball player. He played briefly for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He played collegiately for Austin Peay State ...more
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Joe Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Joe "Little Joe" Hamilton is a retired American basketball player. Hamilton played high school basketball at Dunbar High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He was an All-American high ...more
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Adrian Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Farmington, Kentucky
Adrian Howard "Odie" Smith is a retired American professional basketball player.
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Glen Combs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Hazard, Kentucky
Glen Courtney Combs is a retired American basketball player. A 6'2" guard from Virginia Tech, Combs was nicknamed "The Kentucky Rifle" for his long-range shooting. He was drafted ...more
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Darel Carrier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Darel Carrier Kentucky
James Darel Carrier is a former professional basketball player. Born in Warren County, Kentucky, Carrier played his high school basketball at the now defunct Bristow High School. A 6'3" ...more
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Greg Buckner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Kentucky
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Gregory Derayle Buckner is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the ...more