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The Best NBA Players from Kentucky

Updated August 5, 2019 3.2k votes 281 voters 5.3k 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
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    Wes Unseld

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionCenter

    Age73

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

    Westley Sissel Unseld (born March 14, 1946) is an American former basketball player. He spent... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Allan Houston
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    26

    Allan Houston

    USA, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard

    Age48

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Rajon Rondo
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    Rajon Rondo

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    Number9

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Dave Cowens
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    Dave Cowens

    Newport, Kentucky

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age71

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

    David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    D'Angelo Russell
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    D'Angelo Russell

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionGuard

    Age23

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Rex Chapman
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    32

    Rex Chapman

    Bowling Green, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard

    Age52

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

    Rex Everett Chapman (born October 5, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Darrell Griffith
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    Darrell Griffith

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard

    Age61

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Darrell Steven Griffith (born June 16, 1958), also known by his nickname Dr. Dunkenstein, is... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Derek Anderson
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    22

    Derek Anderson

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age45

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

    Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Cliff Hagan
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    24

    Cliff Hagan

    Owensboro, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age88

    TeamsSt. Louis Hawks

    Clifford Oldham Hagan (born December 9, 1931) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Frank Ramsey
    40
    22

    Frank Ramsey

    Corydon, Kentucky

    Age88

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Frank Vernon Ramsey Jr. (July 13, 1931 – July 8, 2018) was an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Jack Givens
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    18

    Jack Givens

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age63

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Jack "Goose" Givens (born September 21, 1956) is a retired American collegiate and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Larry Johnson
    31
    12

    Larry Johnson

    Morganfield, Kentucky

    Age65

    TeamsBuffalo Braves

    Larry O. Johnson (born November 28, 1954) is an American retired basketball player who had a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Darius Miller
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    33

    Darius Miller

    Maysville, Kentucky

    PositionSmall forward

    Age29

    Number21

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans

    Darius Tiyon Miller is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Melvin Turpin
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    13

    Melvin Turpin

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 50 (1960-2010)

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Melvin Harrison "Mel" Turpin (December 28, 1960 – July 8, 2010) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Shelvin Mack
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    Shelvin Mack

    Lexington, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    Number6

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

    Shelvin Bernard Mack Jr. (born April 22, 1990) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Bubba Wells
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    11

    Bubba Wells

    Russellville, Kentucky

    Age45

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Charles Richard "Bubba" Wells (born July 26, 1974) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Clem Haskins
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    16

    Clem Haskins

    Campbellsville, Kentucky

    Age76

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    Clem Smith Haskins (born August 11, 1943) is an American retired college and professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Ray Spalding
    Raymond Spalding (born March 11, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Charlie Tyra
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    Charlie Tyra

    Louisville, Kentucky

    PositionPower forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 71 (1935-2006)

    TeamsChicago Zephyrs, New York Knicks

    Charles E. Tyra (August 16, 1935 – December 29, 2006) was an American basketball player who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Sam Smith
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    Sam Smith

    Hazard, Kentucky
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    Glen Combs
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    17

    Glen Combs

    Hazard, Kentucky

    Age73

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

    Lexington, Kentucky

    Age71

    James "Joe" Hamilton Jr. (born July 5, 1948) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Adrian Smith
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    Adrian Smith

    Farmington, Kentucky

    Age83

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors

    Adrian Howard "Odie" Smith (born October 5, 1936) is a retired American professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Butch Beard
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    Butch Beard

    Hardinsburg, Kentucky

    PositionPoint guard

    Age72

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

    Alfred "Butch" Beard Jr. (born May 5, 1947) is a former professional basketball player and... more on Wikipedia
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    Winston Bennett
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    Winston Bennett

    Louisville, Kentucky

    Age54

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

    Winston George Bennett III (born February 9, 1965) is a retired American professional... more on Wikipedia