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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Updated August 5, 2019 3.5k votes 306 voters 6.2k 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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    Dave Cowens

    Newport, Kentucky
    David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball...  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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    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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    Darius Miller

    Maysville, Kentucky
    Darius Tiyon Miller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for...  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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    Clem Haskins

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

    Lexington, Kentucky
    Shelvin Bernard Mack Jr. (born April 22, 1990) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Raymond Spalding (born March 11, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more
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    22
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    Butch Beard

    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr. (born May 5, 1947) is a former professional basketball player and...  more
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    Adrian Smith

    Farmington, Kentucky
    Adrian Howard "Odie" Smith (born October 5, 1936) is a retired American professional...  more
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    Charlie Tyra

    Louisville, Kentucky
    Charles E. Tyra (August 16, 1935 – December 29, 2006) was an American basketball player who is...  more
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    Joe Hamilton

    Lexington, Kentucky
    James "Joe" Hamilton Jr. (born July 5, 1948) is an American former professional basketball...  more
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    Sam Smith

    Hazard, Kentucky
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    Wah Wah Jones

    Harlan, Kentucky
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    Glen Combs

    Hazard, Kentucky
    Glen Courtney Combs (born October 30, 1946 in Hazard, Kentucky) is a retired American...  more