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The Best NBA Players from Louisiana

Updated May 31, 2019 5.2k votes 512 voters 14.6k 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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  • 1
    Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Bill Russell

    West Monroe, USA

    PositionCenter

    Age85

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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

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    Karl Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Clyde Drexler

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Joe Dumars

    Shreveport, Louisiana

    PositionShooting guard

    Age56

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

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

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    Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Bob Pettit

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age87

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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

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    Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Willis Reed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
    De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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    Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Paul Millsap

    Monroe, Louisiana

    PositionPower forward

    Age34

    Number24

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Bob Love is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Kelly Oubre Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Danny Granger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Rashard Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Rashard Lewis

    Pineville, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age40

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

    Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    D. J. Augustin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Avery Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    John "Hot Rod" Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Marques Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Calvin Natt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Elfrid Payton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Thaddeus Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Thaddeus Young

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age31

    Number21

    TeamsChicago Bulls

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

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    Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Glen Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Marcus Thornton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Louisiana
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    Marcus Thornton

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Guard

    Age32

    Number23

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