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, USA, Louisiana
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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41 12
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 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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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 4 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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40 13
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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40 14
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 6 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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33 10
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 7 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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36 13
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 8 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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29 12
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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30 15
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 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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23 10
Calvin Natt is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ervin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 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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25 13
Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
USA, Natchitoches, Louisiana
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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Garrett Temple is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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D. J. Augustin is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
USA, Pineville, Louisiana
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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20 10
Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Stromile Swift is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
Stromile Emanuel Swift is an American retired professional basketball player. At 6'10" and 220 lbs, he played the power forward and center positions.
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Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
Antawn Cortez Jamison is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently a sports analyst. He last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. ...more
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Marcus Thornton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
Marcus Terrell Thornton is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association.