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The Best NBA Players from Michigan

Updated September 22, 2020 7.2k votes 598 voters 13.9k views99 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Magic Johnson

    Lansing, Michigan

    PositionPoint guard, Power forward

    Age60

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia
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    George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    George Gervin

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionShooting guard

    Age67

    TeamsChicago Bulls

    George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired... more on Wikipedia

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    Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Chris Webber

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age46

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

    Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III (born March 1, 1973) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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    #2 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#17 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

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    Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Jalen Rose

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age46

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

    Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Steve Smith

    Detroit, Highland Park

    PositionShooting guard

    Age50

    TeamsCharlotte 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... more on Wikipedia
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    Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Devin Booker

    Whitmire, South Carolina

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    Number1

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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    Ricky Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Ricky Berry

    Lansing, Michigan

    PositionSmall forward

    AgeDec. at 25 (1964-1989)

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    Ricky Alan Berry (October 6, 1964 – August 14, 1989) was an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Draymond Green

    Saginaw, Michigan

    PositionPower forward

    Age29

    Number23

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Draymond Jamal Green Sr. (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Jason Richardson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Jason Richardson

    Saginaw, Michigan

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    Number23

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

    Jason Anthoney Richardson (born January 20, 1981) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionPower forward

    Number0

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Alexander Kuzma (born July 24, 1995) is an American professional basketball forward for... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Dave DeBusschere

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionPower forward

    AgeDec. at 63 (1940-2003)

    TeamsDetroit Pistons, New York Knicks

    David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 – May 14, 2003) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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    Miles Bridges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
    Miles Emmanuel Bridges is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets... more on Wikipedia

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

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionCenter

    Age31

    Number7

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
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    Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Shane Battier

    Birmingham, Michigan

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    Number31

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

    Shane Courtney Battier (born September 9, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Dan Majerle

    Michigan, USA

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age54

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

    Daniel Lewis Majerle (; born September 9, 1965), also known by the nickname "Thunder Dan", is... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Kenyon Martin

    Saginaw, Michigan

    PositionPower forward

    Age42

    Number3

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

    Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Rudy Tomjanovich

    Hamtramck, Detroit

    PositionPower forward

    Age71

    TeamsHouston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

    Rudolph Tomjanovich Jr. (born November 24, 1948) is an American retired basketball player and... more on Wikipedia
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    Ralph Simpson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Ralph Simpson

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionSwingman

    Age70

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

    Not to be confused with Ralph Sampson, who played in the NBA from 1983 to 1992Ralph Derek... more on Wikipedia
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    Monté Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
    Monté Morris is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Mel Daniels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Mel Daniels

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionCenter

    Age75

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, New York Nets

    Melvin Joe Daniels (July 20, 1944 – October 30, 2015) was an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Wilson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Wilson Chandler

    Benton Harbor, Michigan

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward, Swingman, Power forward

    Age32

    Number21

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets

    Wilson Chandler (born May 10, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia

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

    Detroit, Michigan

    PositionPoint guard

    Age52

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

    Benjamin Roy "B. J." Armstrong Jr. (born September 9, 1967) is an American retired... more on Wikipedia

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    Denzel Valentine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Denzel Valentine

    Lansing, Michigan

    PositionGuard

    Age26

    Number45

    TeamsChicago Bulls

    Denzel Robert Valentine (born November 16, 1993) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Morris Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Morris Peterson

    Flint, Michigan

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    TeamsToronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans

    Morris Russell Peterson Jr. (born August 26, 1977) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Chris Kaman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Michigan
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    Chris Kaman

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    PositionCenter

    Age37

    Number35

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

    Christopher Zane Kaman (born April 28, 1982) is a German - American former professional... more on Wikipedia
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