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The Best NBA Players from Mississippi 

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Updated June 2, 2019 3.3k votes 394 voters 9.2k views 88 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Mississippi.

Here are the best NBA players from Mississippi. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Mississippi includes Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Spencer Haywood. Who is the greatest NBA player from Mississippi?

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

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Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Power forward and Center from Silver City, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 70

Teams: Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Jazz, Denver Nuggets, + more

Spencer Haywood (born April 22, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and Olympic Gold Medalist. Haywood is a member of the Hall of Fame, being inducted in 2015.

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Point guard from Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 50

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (born Chris Wayne Jackson on March 9, 1969) is a former American professional basketball player. Abdul-Rauf played basketball for Gulfport High School before enrolling at ...more

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Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Point guard and Shooting guard from Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 11

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Monta Ellis ( MON-tay; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He attended Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was a ...more

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#325 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #80 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #73 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Chet Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Small forward and Power forward from Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 79

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals, Chicago Bulls

Chester Walker (born February 22, 1940) is an American former professional basketball player. Born in Bethlehem, Mississippi, Walker played high school basketball for the Benton Harbor High ...more

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Mike Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Mike Green
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Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Center from Indianola, Mississippi

Age: Dec. at 66 (1948-2014)

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers

Samuel Lacey (March 8, 1948 – March 14, 2014) was an American basketball player.

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Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Point guard from Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 5

Teams: Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

Maurice Williams (born December 19, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a successful high school ...more

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Purvis Short is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Shooting guard and Small forward from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 62

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

Purvis Short (born July 2, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player who played with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball ...more
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Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Power forward from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 53

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and retired National Basketball Association player. He is the current men's head coach at Wake Forest. Manning ...more

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Harvey Catchings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

Harvey Lee Catchings (born September 2, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1974 to 1985 as a member of the ...more
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E. C. Coleman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi

Age: 69

Teams: Houston Rockets, New Orleans Jazz, Golden State Warriors

E. C. Coleman Jr. (born September 25, 1950) is a retired American basketball player. Born in Flora, Mississippi, Coleman played collegiately for Houston Baptist, and was selected by the Houston ...more
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Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Power forward and Center from Monticello, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 25

Teams: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

Al Ricardo Jefferson (born January 4, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. He played high school basketball for Prentiss High School in Mississippi before skipping college ...more

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Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Shooting Guard and Small Forward from Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 5

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Rodney Michael Hood (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
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Antonio McDyess is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Power forward and Center from Quitman, Mississippi

Age: 45

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player. Listed at 6'9" (2.06 m) and 245 lb (111 kg), McDyess played as a power forward.

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Erick Dampier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Center from Jackson, Mississippi

Age: 44

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

Erick Travez Dampier (born July 14, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Indiana Pacers, Golden State ...more
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Slick Watts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Point guard from Rolling Fork, Mississippi

Age: 68

Teams: Houston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Jazz

Donald Earl "Slick" Watts (born July 22, 1951) is an American former basketball player.Watts was not selected by any team in the 1973 NBA draft, but his coach at Xavier University of ...more
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Larry Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Power forward and Center from Rolling Fork, Mississippi

Age: 61

Teams: Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

Larry Smith (born January 18, 1958) is a former American professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center from Alcorn State University, Smith spent 13 seasons (1980–1993) in the ...more
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Ronald Dupree is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Small forward and Forward from Biloxi, Mississippi

Age: 38

Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

Ronald Edmund "Super-dupe" Dupree, Jr. (born January 26, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who played six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more
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Clarence Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Small forward and Power forward from Crawford, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, + more

Clarence Weatherspoon, Sr. (born September 8, 1970) is a former American professional basketball player in the NBA born in Crawford, Mississippi. At the University of Southern Mississippi, ...more

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George Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
George Johnson
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Johnny O'Bryant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Johnny O'Bryant
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Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Point guard from Jackson, Mississippi

Age: 35

Teams: Utah Jazz

Daniel "Dee" Brown (born August 17, 1984) is a retired American professional basketball player and current college coach. Brown played at the University of Illinois from 2002 to 2006, ...more

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Lindsey Hunter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Point guard from Utica, Mississippi

Age: 49

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2010, ...more
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Gerald Glass is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi

Age: 52

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons

Gerald Damon Glass (born November 12, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player. Graduating from Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood at the age of sixteen, Glass flew under the ...more

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Othella Harrington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Power forward and Center from Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 45

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

Othella Harrington (born January 31, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player and former director of basketball operations for the Georgetown University men's basketball team. ...more