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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

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Only NBA players born or raised 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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Ranked by
  • Wes Unseld
    1
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets
  • Rajon Rondo
    2
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • D'Angelo Russell
    3
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Dave Cowens
    4
    Newport, Kentucky
    • Teams: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Allan Houston
    5
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks
  • Rex Chapman
    6
    Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • Teams: Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat
  • Darrell Griffith
    7
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Utah Jazz
  • Derek Anderson
    8
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat
  • Cliff Hagan
    9
    Owensboro, Kentucky
    • Teams: St. Louis Hawks
  • Melvin Turpin
    10
    Lexington, Kentucky
    • Teams: Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jack Givens
    11
    Lexington, Kentucky
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks
  • Frank Ramsey
    12
    Corydon, Kentucky
    • Teams: Boston Celtics
  • P.J. Washington
    13
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Charlotte Hornets
  • Sam Smith
    14

    Sam Smith

    Hazard, Kentucky
    • Teams: Kentucky Colonels, Utah Stars
  • Larry Johnson
    15
    Morganfield, Kentucky
    • Teams: Buffalo Braves
  • Darius Miller
    16
    Maysville, Kentucky
    • Teams: New Orleans Pelicans
  • Clem Haskins
    17
    Campbellsville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls
  • Bubba Wells
    18
    Russellville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Dallas Mavericks
  • DeJuan Wheat
    19
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Vancouver Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Dirk Minniefield
    20
    Lexington, Kentucky
    • Teams: Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors
  • Butch Beard
    21
    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    • Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks
  • Larry Conley
    22
    Ashland, Kentucky
    • Teams: Kentucky Colonels
  • Wah Wah Jones
    23
    Harlan, Kentucky
    • Teams: Indianapolis Olympians
  • Ralph Beard
    24
    Hardinsburg, Kentucky
    • Teams: Indianapolis Olympians
  • Scott Padgett
    25
    Louisville, Kentucky
    • Teams: Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies