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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Updated June 18, 2021 3.6k votes 332 voters 6.7k views115 items

List RulesOnly 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?

Vote up the top Kentucky NBA players, and help decide who is the best basketball player from Kentucky. 

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    43

    Wes Unseld

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionCenter

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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    145
    72

    Rajon Rondo

    USA, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    143
    71

    D'Angelo Russell

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsMinnesota Timberwolves

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    92
    32

    Dave Cowens

    Newport, Kentucky

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

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    89
    32

    Allan Houston

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

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    80
    31

    Rex Chapman

    Bowling Green, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

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    74
    29

    Darrell Griffith

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsUtah Jazz

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    57
    22

    Derek Anderson

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

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    49
    23

    Cliff Hagan

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsSt. Louis Hawks

  • 10
    41
    20

    Frank Ramsey

    Corydon, Kentucky

    PositionGuard

    TeamsBoston Celtics

  • 11
    36
    17

    Jack Givens

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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    33
    14

    Larry Johnson

    Morganfield, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsBuffalo Braves

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    29
    13

    Melvin Turpin

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionCenter

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    47
    35

    Darius Miller

    Maysville, Kentucky

    PositionSmall forward

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

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    27
    14

    Clem Haskins

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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    24
    11

    Bubba Wells

    Russellville, Kentucky

    PositionSmall forward

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

  • 17
    36
    27

    Shelvin Mack

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

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    30
    21

    Ray Spalding

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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    21
    12

    Sam Smith

    Hazard, Kentucky

    PositionSmall forward

    TeamsKentucky Colonels, Utah Stars

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    23
    16

    Butch Beard

    Hardinsburg, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

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    20
    13

    Scott Padgett

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

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    20
    15

    Adrian Smith

    Farmington, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors

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    21
    15

    Charlie Tyra

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsChicago Zephyrs, New York Knicks

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    20
    15

    Joe Hamilton

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsKentucky Colonels

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    21
    18

    Glen Combs

    Hazard, Kentucky

    PositionGuard

    TeamsDallas Chapparals