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The Best NBA Players from Louisiana 

Ranker NBA
Updated May 31, 2019 2.9k votes 333 voters 9.3k 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?

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America
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
Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America
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
USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
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
Shreveport, Louisiana
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
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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
Shreveport, Louisiana
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) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
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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De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Rayville, Louisiana
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
Hico, Louisiana, United States of America
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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Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Bastrop, Louisiana
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
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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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
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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Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
USA, Pineville, Louisiana
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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Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
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) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
USA, Shreveport, Louisiana
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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John "Hot Rod"... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Sorrento, Louisiana
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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Marcus Thornton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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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Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
USA, Natchitoches, Louisiana
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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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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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Calvin Natt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
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) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
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) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
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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Elfrid Payton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Gretna, Louisiana
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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