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The Best NBA Players from Michigan 

Ranker NBA
Updated June 4, 2019 4.7k votes 530 voters 12k views 100 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Michigan.

Here are the best NBA players from Michigan. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Michigan includes Magic Johnson, Chirs Webber, Devin Booker, and Kyle Kuzma. Who is the greatest NBA player from Michigan?

Vote up the top Michigan NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. 

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Point guard and Power forward from Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 60

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more

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#11 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #26 of 113 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III (born March 1, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA ...more

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#66 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #22 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #43 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

3
George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 67

Teams: Chicago Bulls

George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and ...more

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#126 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #454 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #19 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

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Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Point guard and Shooting guard from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, + more

Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player, current sports analyst for ESPN, and cofounder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. In college, ...more

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#202 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #103 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #24 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Age: 29

Number: 23

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Draymond Jamal Green Sr. (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily ...more

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#120 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #57 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #115 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard from Whitmire, South Carolina

Age: 28

Number: 1

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Moss Point High School in ...more

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#328 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #5 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

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Jason Richardson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard and Small forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Age: 38

Number: 23

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

Jason Anthoney Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Richardson was taken by ...more

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#472 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #72 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #58 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Ricky Berry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Ricky Berry Small forward from Lansing, Michigan

Age: Dec. at 25 (1964-1989)

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Ricky Alan Berry (October 6, 1964 – August 14, 1989) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Sacramento Kings. Ricky Berry was born in ...more

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#61 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 28 The Greatest Oregon State Basketball Players of All Time #28 of 31 The Best Sacramento Kings Shooting Guards of All Time

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard from Detroit, Highland Park, Michigan

Age: 50

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

Steven Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who is currently a basketball analyst for Turner Sports. After a collegiate career with Michigan State, he ...more

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#311 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #61 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #14 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

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Kyle Kuzma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Kyle Kuzma

Number: 0

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Kyle Alexander Kuzma (born July 24, 1995) is an American professional basketball forward for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He grew up in the Flint, ...more

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#398 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #44 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #2 of 92 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan

Number: 0

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

Miles Emmanuel Bridges is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State ...more

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#117 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #152 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #55 of 92 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard and Small forward from Birmingham, Michigan

Age: 41

Number: 31

Teams: Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for various teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has also been ...more

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#284 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #58 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #7 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Center from Flint, Michigan

Age: 31

Number: 7

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 18th overall by the ...more

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#718 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #91 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #100 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Power forward from Detroit, Michigan

Age: Dec. at 63 (1940-2003)

Teams: Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional National Basketball Association player and coach and Major League baseball player. In 1996, DeBusschere ...more

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#1,595 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #111 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #40 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Age: 42

Number: 3

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the New Jersey ...more

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#332 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #91 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #36 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard and Small forward from Traverse City, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

Daniel Lewis Majerle (; born September 9, 1965), also known by the nickname "Thunder Dan", is an American retired professional basketball player and current coach of the Grand Canyon ...more

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#223 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #69 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #63 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Power forward from Hamtramck, Detroit, Michigan

Age: 71

Teams: Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

Rudolph Tomjanovich Jr. (born November 24, 1948) is an American retired basketball player and coach who lead the Houston Rockets to two consecutive NBA championships. He was an All-Star forward ...more

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#290 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #91 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #79 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Ralph Simpson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Swingman from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 70

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

Not to be confused with Ralph Sampson, who played in the NBA from 1983 to 1992Ralph Derek Simpson (born August 10, 1949) is a retired American basketball player. He played professionally in the ...more
19
Wilson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard and Small forward from Benton Harbor, Michigan

Age: 32

Number: 21

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Wilson Chandler (born May 10, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously played for Zhejiang ...more

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#278 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #165 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #73 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

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Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Mel Daniels Center from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 75

Teams: Indiana Pacers, New York Nets

Melvin Joe Daniels (July 20, 1944 – October 30, 2015) was an American professional basketball player. He played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for the Minnesota Muskies, Indiana ...more

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#287 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #78 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #13 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

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Denzel Valentine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Guard from Lansing, Michigan

Age: 26

Number: 45

Teams: Chicago Bulls

Denzel Robert Valentine (born November 16, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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B. J. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Point guard from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 52

Teams: Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

Benjamin Roy "B. J." Armstrong Jr. (born September 9, 1967) is an American retired professional basketball player. Armstrong won three NBA championships during his career as a point ...more

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#321 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #93 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #17 of 77 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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Monté Morris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Point guard from Grand Rapids

Number: 11

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Monté Morris is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Morris played college basketball for the Iowa State ...more
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Morris Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Shooting guard and Small forward from Flint, Michigan

Age: 42

Teams: Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans

Morris Russell Peterson Jr. (born August 26, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player. He is also a cousin of former basketball player of the Indiana Pacers and the New York ...more
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Terry Mills is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Power forward from Romulus, Michigan

Age: 52

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

Terry Mills may refer to: Terry Mills (basketball) (born 1967), American basketball player Terry Mills (American politician) (born 1950), Kentucky state legislator Terry Mills (Australian ...more