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The Best NBA Players from Louisiana 

Ranker NBA
Updated May 31, 2019 3.5k votes 444 voters 12.6k 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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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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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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Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 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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De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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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#76 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,484 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #17 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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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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Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 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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#290 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #59 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #136 of 258 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 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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#361 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #69 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #23 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

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D. J. Augustin is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Elfrid Payton is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Calvin Natt is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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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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Garrett Temple is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Small forward and Power forward from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 33

Number: 11

Teams: Boston Celtics

Ronald Glen "Big Baby" Davis (born January 1, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the St. John's Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada. He played for the ...more

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Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Power forward and Center from Gretna, Louisiana

Age: 29

Number: 10

Gregory Keith Monroe Jr. (born June 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for Bayern Munich of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and the EuroLeague. In his freshman season at ...more

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