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The Best NBA Players from Michigan 

Ranker NBA
Updated June 4, 2019 3.9k votes 439 voters 9.9k 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
Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
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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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
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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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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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Ricky Berry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Ricky Berry
Lansing, Michigan
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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Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Whitmire, South Carolina
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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Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
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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Jason Richardson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
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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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Highland Park, Michigan
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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Kyle Kuzma is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Kyle Kuzma
Flint, Michigan
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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Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Birmingham, Michigan
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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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Flint, Michigan
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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Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
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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Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
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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Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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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Ralph Simpson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
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
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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Hamtramck, Detroit, Michigan
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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Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Michigan, USA, Traverse City
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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B. J. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
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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Terry Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Romulus, Michigan
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
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Monté Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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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Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Mel Daniels
Detroit, Michigan
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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Morris Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Flint, Michigan
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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Wilson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Benton Harbor, Michigan
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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Denzel Valentine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
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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