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The Best NBA Players from Louisiana 

Ranker NBA
Updated May 31, 2019 3.1k votes 377 voters 10.5k views 97 items

List Rules Only 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Center from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 85

Teams: Boston Celtics

William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from ...more

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Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward from Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "The Mailman", Malone played the power forward position and spent his first 18 ...more

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Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 57

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player who is the commissioner of the Big3 3-on-3 basketball league. Nicknamed "Clyde the ...more

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#19 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Center from Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 66

Teams: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

Robert Parish (born August 30, 1953) is an American retired basketball center who played 21 seasons in the NBA, tied for the most in league history. He played an NBA-record 1,611 regular season ...more

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#2,051 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #62 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #7 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward and Center from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 87

Teams: Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (1954–1965). He was ...more

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#11 of 239 The Best White Players in NBA History #7 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Teams: Sacramento Kings

De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fox played one season of college ...more

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Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Shooting guard from Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 56

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Joe Dumars III (born May 24, 1963) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly ...more

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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward from Monroe, Louisiana

Age: 34

Number: 24

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward from Louisiana Tech ...more

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward and Center from Rayville, Louisiana

Age: 74

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945) is an American retired professional basketball player and radio analyst for his alma-mater Houston Cougars. He is a member of the NBA's 50th ...more

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Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward and Center from Hico, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 77

Teams: New York Knicks

Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career (1964–1974) with the New York Knicks. In ...more

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#77 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #79 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #18 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward from Bastrop, Louisiana

Age: 77

Teams: New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

Robert Earl "Butterbean" Love (born December 8, 1942) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent the prime of his career with the National Basketball Association's ...more

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#105 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #33 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward and Shooting guard from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Number: 3

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (born December 9, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Oubre played one season of college ...more

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Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 43

Number: 4

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

Antawn Cortez Jamison (; born June 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the Director ...more

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Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward and Power forward from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 36

Number: 33

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Danny Granger Jr. (born April 20, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player who played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the Indiana ...more

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#462 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #69 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Point guard from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 54

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

Avery DeWitt Johnson (born March 25, 1965) is an American basketball coach who is the former head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Johnson spent 16 years in the National ...more
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Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Age: 63

Teams: Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 8, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player. The small forward played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1977–1989, where ...more

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Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward and Power forward from Pineville, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 9

Teams: Orlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. Rashard entered the NBA directly from Alief Elsik High School. He rose to prominence in the NBA ...more

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#396 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #167 of 258 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Calvin Natt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Age: 62

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

Calvin Leon Natt (born January 8, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'6" (1.98 m) forward, Natt played at Northeast Louisiana University under coach Lenny Fant. ...more
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Garrett Temple is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Guard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 33

Number: 17

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards

Garrett Bartholomew Temple (born May 8, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more
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D. J. Augustin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Point guard from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 32

Number: 14

Teams: Orlando Magic

Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin Jr. (born November 10, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played ...more

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Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward and Power forward from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 31

Number: 21

Teams: Chicago Bulls

Thaddeus Charles Young Sr. (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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#107 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #161 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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John "Hot Rod"... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward and Center from Sorrento, Louisiana

Age: 57

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

John "Hot Rod" Williams (August 9, 1962 – December 11, 2015) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 to 1999.

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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Age: 73

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

Donald Ray Chaney (born March 22, 1946) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for his long stints as a player on the Boston Celtics.

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Marcus Thornton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Point guard and Shooting guard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 32

Number: 23

Marcus Thornton may refer to: Marcus Thornton (basketball, born 1987), American professional basketball player, drafted by the Miami Heat; in college played for LSU (2007–09) Marcus Thornton ...more
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Elfrid Payton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Point guard from Gretna, Louisiana

Age: 25

Number: 6

Teams: New York Knicks

Elfrid Payton Jr. (born February 22, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at ...more

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