Basketball The Best NBA Players from Louisiana  

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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 "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to ...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, nicknamed "The Mailman" is a retired American professional basketball power forward. He spent his first 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the ...more
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33 11
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. Nicknamed "Clyde the Glide," he was a ten-time All-Star during his career, and named ...more
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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America
Paul Millsap is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. As a 6'8", 253 pound power forward from ...more
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28 11
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
Robert Lee Parish is a retired American basketball center. He was known for his strong defense and jump shooting, and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, Parish was also ...more
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27 11
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
Joe Dumars III is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. At 6'3" Dumars could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly effective defender. He played ...more
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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America
Elvin Ernest Hayes 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 Anniversary All-Time Team, and an ...more
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27 12
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
Robert Lee "Bob" Pettit Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the first recipient of ...more
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Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Bastrop, Louisiana, United States of America
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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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. is a retired American basketball player, coach and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the ...more
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Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States of America
Marques Kevin Johnson is an American retired professional basketball player. The small forward played in the National Basketball Association from 1977–1989, where was a five-time All-Star. He ...more
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Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Pineville, Louisiana, United States of America
Rashard Quovon Lewis is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
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Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Danny Granger, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He is mainly a small forward, though he also ...more
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17 8
Calvin Natt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America
Calvin Leon Natt is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'6" forward, Natt played at Northeast Louisiana University under coach Lenny Fant. After college, he played 11 NBA ...more
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22 13
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
Donald Ray Chaney 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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Garrett Temple is listed (or ranked) 17 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 Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
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John
Sorrento, Louisiana, United States of America
John "Hot Rod" Williams is a retired American professional basketball player who had a 13-year NBA career from 1986 to 1999.
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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Avery Johnson is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team. Johnson spent 16 years in the National Basketball Association as ...more
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Ervin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Ervin Johnson is an American retired professional basketball center who played in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2006.
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Orlando Woolridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Bernice, Louisiana, United States of America
Orlando Vernada Woolridge was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association from 1981–1994. He was known for his scoring ability, especially on slam dunks.
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James Silas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Tallulah, Louisiana, United States of America
James Edward Silas is a retired American professional basketball player, at the guard position. Born in Tallulah, Louisiana, Silas played the majority of his career with the Dallas ...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, United States of America
Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin, Jr., is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. Augustin 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, United States of America
Thaddeus Charles Young is an American professional basketball power forward with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Georgia Tech. He is 6 ...more
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Edmund Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Edmund Lawrence Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America
Edmund Lawrence is a retired professional basketball center who played one season in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Detroit Pistons during the 1980–81 season. He attended ...more