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The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Updated May 31, 2019 5.6k votes 589 voters 17.3k views96 items

List RulesOnly 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

    West Monroe, Louisiana

    PositionCenter

    Age85

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #1 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#3 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    Karl Malone

    Summerfield, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward

    Age56

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers

    Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #37 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#27 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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    Clyde Drexler

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age58

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #5 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#3 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Bob Pettit4
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    Bob Pettit

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age88

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

    Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #18 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#3 of 58 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time

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    Robert Parish

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    PositionCenter

    Age66

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

    Robert Parish (born August 30, 1953) is an American retired basketball center who played 21...  more

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    #120 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#5 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s

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    Joe Dumars

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    PositionShooting guard

    Age57

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Joe Dumars III (born May 24, 1963) is an American former basketball player in the National...  more

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    #42 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#41 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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    Elvin Hayes

    Rayville, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age74

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

    Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Willis Reed8
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    Willis Reed

    Hico, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age77

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Willis Reed Jr. (born June 25, 1942) is an American retired basketball player, coach and...  more

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    #28 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#4 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

  • De'Aaron Fox9
    De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #12 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#5 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

  • Paul Millsap10
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    Paul Millsap

    Monroe, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward

    Age35

    Number24

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #51 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#65 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.11
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    Kelly Oubre Jr.

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Shooting guard

    Number3

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (born December 9, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #176 of 194 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#33 of 53 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA

  • Bob Love12
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    Bob Love

    Bastrop, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward

    Age77

    TeamsNew York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

    Robert Earl "Butterbean" Love (born December 8, 1942) is an American retired professional...  more

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    #7 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#910 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Danny Granger13
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    Danny Granger

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age36

    Number33

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Danny Granger Jr. (born April 20, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player...  more

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    #121 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#106 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Antawn Jamison14
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    Antawn Jamison

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age43

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

    Antawn Cortez Jamison (; born June 12, 1976) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Rashard Lewis15
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    Rashard Lewis

    Pineville, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age41

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

    Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #71 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money#25 of 29 The Best NCAA Small Forwards of the 90s

  • D. J. Augustin16
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    D. J. Augustin

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number14

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin Jr. (born November 10, 1987) is an American professional...  more
  • Avery Johnson17
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    Avery Johnson

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    TeamsDallas 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...  more
  • John "Hot Rod" Williams18
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    John "Hot Rod" Williams

    Sorrento, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age57

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

    John "Hot Rod" Williams (August 9, 1962 – December 11, 2015) was an American professional...  more
  • Elfrid Payton19
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    Elfrid Payton

    Gretna, Louisiana

    PositionPoint guard

    Age25

    Number6

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton Jr. (born February 22, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Greg Monroe20
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    Greg Monroe

    Gretna, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age29

    Number10

    Gregory Keith Monroe Jr. (born June 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #11 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time#41 of 122 The Best Milwaukee Bucks of All Time

  • Calvin Natt21
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    Calvin Natt

    Monroe, Louisiana

    Age62

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

    Calvin Leon Natt (born January 8, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player. ...  more
  • Marques Johnson22
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    Marques Johnson

    Natchitoches, Louisiana

    Age63

    TeamsGolden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

    Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 8, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Thaddeus Young23
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    Thaddeus Young

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age32

    Number21

    TeamsChicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Charles Young Sr. (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #549 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#34 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

  • Garrett Temple24
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    Garrett Temple

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    PositionGuard

    Age33

    Number17

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards

    Garrett Bartholomew Temple (born May 8, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Glen Davis25
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    Glen Davis

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward, Center, Forward-center

    Age33

    Number11

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Ronald Glen "Big Baby" Davis (born January 1, 1986) is an American professional basketball...  more