NBA The Best NBA Players from Mississippi  

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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?

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Spencer Haywood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Silver City, Mississippi
Spencer Haywood is an American former professional basketball player.
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39 13
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Gulfport, Mississippi
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is an American former professional basketball player. His nine-year NBA career was marked by an appearance in the Slam Dunk Contest as well as by one of the most accurate ...more
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41 16
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
Monta Ellis is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Ellis entered the 2005 NBA draft directly after ...more
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30 10
Chet Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Benton Harbor, Michigan
Chester "Chet" Walker is an American former professional basketball player. Walker played high school basketball for the Benton Harbor High School boys basketball team. He graduated ...more
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28 11
Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Daniel Ricardo "Danny" Manning is an American college basketball coach and retired National Basketball Association player. He is the current men's head coach at Wake Forest. After ...more
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35 18
Rodney Hood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
Rodney Michael Hood (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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24 9
Mike Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Mike Green McComb, Mississippi
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24 11
Antonio McDyess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Quitman, Mississippi
Antonio Keithflen McDyess is a retired American professional basketball player. Listed at 6'9" and 245 lbs., McDyess played as a power forward.
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16 5
Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Indianola, Mississippi, United States of America
Samuel "Sam" Lacey was an American basketball player.
10
27 16
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
Maurice "Mo" Williams is an American former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a successful high school career at ...more
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26 16
Purvis Short is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Purvis Short is a retired American professional basketball player who played with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association from 1978 ...more
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15 6
Clarence Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Crawford, Mississippi
Clarence Weatherspoon, Sr. is a former American professional basketball player in the NBA born in Crawford, Mississippi. After a college career at the University of Southern Mississippi, ...more
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17 8
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
Daniel "Dee" Brown is an American professional basketball player who plays for PBC Lukoil Academic of the Bulgarian League. Brown played at the University of Illinois from 2002 to ...more
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19 10
Erick Dampier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
Erick Travez Dampier is an American former professional basketball player. He has most recently played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. He is a 6 ft 11 in / 265 lb. ...more
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13 5
Lindsey Hunter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Utica, Mississippi, United States of America
Lindsey Benson Hunter, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. He was a point guard in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2010, spending most of his career with ...more
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13 5
Slick Watts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Rolling Fork, Mississippi, United States of America
Donald Earl "Slick" Watts 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 Louisiana was a ...more
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14 6
Gerald Glass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Greenwood, Mississippi
Gerald Damon Glass is a retired American professional basketball player. Graduating from Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood at the age of sixteen, Glass flew under the radar as a player and ...more
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23 15
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Monticello, Mississippi, United States of America
Albus Ricardo "Al" Jefferson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played high school ...more
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12 5
Alonzo Bradley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Utica, Mississippi, United States of America
Alonzo Bradley is a retired American basketball player. Born in Utica, Mississippi, he played collegiately for Texas Southern University. He was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round ...more
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12 5
Isaiah Canaan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Biloxi, Mississippi, United States of America
Isaiah Canaan (born May 21, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college ...more
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14 7
Jonathan Bender is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Picayune, Mississippi
Jonathan Rene Bender is an American retired professional basketball player who last played for the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association.
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15 8
Terry Catledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Houston, Mississippi, United States of America
Terry DeWayne Catledge is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward from the University of South Alabama, Catledge spent eight seasons in the NBA as a member of the ...more
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16 9
Billy Ray Bates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Kosciusko, Mississippi
Billy Ray Bates is a retired American professional basketball player. Bates played shooting guard at McAdams High in Mississippi and attended Kentucky State University. Bates played four seasons ...more
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8 2
Othella Harrington is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
Othella Harrington is a retired American professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Georgetown University men's basketball team. After he finished his high school career ...more
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9 3
Randolph Keys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Mississippi
Collins, Mississippi
Randolph Keys is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round of the 1988 NBA Draft. Keys played in 5 NBA seasons in his career ...more