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The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Updated May 31, 2019 5.8k votes 617 voters 18.5k views96 items

List RulesOnly NBA players born in Louisiana.

Here are the best NBA players from Louisiana. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Louisiana includes Bill Russell, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, and Danny Granger. Who is the greatest NBA player from Louisiana?

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

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    Bill Russell

    West Monroe, Louisiana
    William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #290 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History#318 of 1,424 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Karl Malone

    Summerfield, Louisiana
    Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #37 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#31 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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    Clyde Drexler

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #438 of 571 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#8 of 26 The Best Dunkers In NBA History

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    Bob Pettit

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #29 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#19 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

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    Joe Dumars

    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Joe Dumars III (born May 24, 1963) is an American former basketball player in the National...  more

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    #41 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#40 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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    Robert Parish

    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Robert Parish (born August 30, 1953) is an American retired basketball center who played 21...  more

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    #128 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#26 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    Elvin Hayes

    Rayville, Louisiana
    Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #21 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked#32 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

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    Willis Reed

    Hico, Louisiana
    Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and...  more

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    #28 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#10 of 27 The Best Centers of the 70s

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    De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #5 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#3 of 71 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

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    Paul Millsap

    Monroe, Louisiana
    Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #34 of 40 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#66 of 100 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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    Kelly Oubre Jr.

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (born December 9, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #51 of 214 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#86 of 100 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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    Bob Love

    Bastrop, Louisiana
    Robert Earl "Butterbean" Love (born December 8, 1942) is an American retired professional...  more

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    #7 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#12 of 23 The Best Power Forwards of the '70s

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    Danny Granger

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Danny Granger Jr. (born April 20, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #126 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#6 of 54 The Best Indiana Pacers of All Time

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    Antawn Jamison

    Shreveport, Louisiana
    Antawn Cortez Jamison (; born June 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #6 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#50 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

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    Rashard Lewis

    Pineville, Louisiana
    Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball...  more
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    D. J. Augustin

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin Jr. (born November 10, 1987) is an American professional...  more
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    Marques Johnson

    Natchitoches, Louisiana
    Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 8, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #7 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#18 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

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    Avery Johnson

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Avery DeWitt Johnson (born March 25, 1965) is an American basketball coach who is the former...  more
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    Thaddeus Young

    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Thaddeus Charles Young Sr. (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #184 of 264 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#34 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

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    Greg Monroe

    Gretna, Louisiana
    Gregory Keith Monroe Jr. (born June 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
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    Calvin Natt

    Monroe, Louisiana
    Calvin Leon Natt (born January 8, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player. ...  more
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    Elfrid Payton

    Gretna, Louisiana
    Elfrid Payton Jr. (born February 22, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
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    Garrett Temple

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Garrett Bartholomew Temple (born May 8, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Glen Davis

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Ronald Glen "Big Baby" Davis (born January 1, 1986) is an American professional basketball...  more
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    Don Chaney

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Donald Ray Chaney (born March 22, 1946) is an American former professional basketball player...  more