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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Updated August 5, 2019 4.0k votes 313 voters 6.3k views112 items

List RulesOnly 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?

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

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    Wes Unseld

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Westley Sissel Unseld (born March 14, 1946) is an American former basketball player. He spent...  more
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    Allan Houston

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more
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    Rajon Rondo

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
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    D'Angelo Russell

    Louisville, Kentucky
    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Dave Cowens

    Newport, Kentucky
    David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
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    Darrell Griffith

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958), also known by his nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, is...  more
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    Rex Chapman

    Bowling Green, Kentucky
    Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball...  more
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    Derek Anderson

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball...  more
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    Cliff Hagan

    Owensboro, Kentucky
    Clifford Oldham Hagan (born December 9, 1931) is an American former professional basketball...  more
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    Frank Ramsey

    Corydon, Kentucky
    Frank Vernon Ramsey Jr. (July 13, 1931 – July 8, 2018) was an American professional basketball...  more
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    Larry Johnson

    Morganfield, Kentucky
    Larry O. Johnson (born November 28, 1954) is an American retired basketball player who had a...  more
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    Jack Givens

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Jack "Goose" Givens (born September 21, 1956) is a retired American collegiate and...  more
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    Greg Buckner

    Hopkinsville, Kentucky
    Gregory Derayle Buckner (born September 16, 1976) is an American former professional...  more
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    Melvin Turpin

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Melvin Harrison "Mel" Turpin (December 28, 1960 – July 8, 2010) was an American professional...  more
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    Darius Miller

    Maysville, Kentucky
    Darius Tiyon Miller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for...  more
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    Greg Smith

    Princeton, Kentucky
    Gregory or Greg Smith may refer to:...  more
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    Dallas Thornton

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Dallas Thornton (born September 1, 1946) was an American basketball player. Thornton was born...  more
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    Bob Warren

    Murray, Kentucky
    Robert Warren may refer to: Bob Warren (basketball) (1946–2014), basketball player Bob Warren...  more
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    Bubba Wells

    Russellville, Kentucky
    Charles Richard "Bubba" Wells (born July 26, 1974) is an American former professional...  more
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    Dirk Minniefield

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Dirk DeWayne Minniefield (born January 17, 1961) is an American retired professional...  more
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    Clem Haskins

    Campbellsville, Kentucky
    Clem Smith Haskins (born August 11, 1943) is an American retired college and professional...  more
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    Ron King

    Louisville, Kentucky
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    Shelvin Mack

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Shelvin Bernard Mack Jr. (born April 22, 1990) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Frank Kornet

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Francis "Frank" Kornet (born January 27, 1967) is an American former professional basketball...  more
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    Raymond Spalding (born March 11, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more