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The Best NBA Players from Mississippi

Updated June 24, 2021 4.8k votes 525 voters 13.0k views93 items

List RulesOnly NBA players born or raised 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 help decide who is the best basketball player from Mississippi. 

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    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

    Gulfport, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

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    Monta Ellis

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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    Spencer Haywood

    Silver City, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Jazz, Denver Nuggets

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    Al Jefferson

    Monticello, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    #65 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#89 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    Mike Green

    McComb, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    TeamsDenver Rockets, Seattle SuperSonics, Sacramento Kings

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    Mo Williams

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavs

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    #119 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#33 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money

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    Chet Walker

    Bethlehem, Mississippi

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals, Chicago Bulls

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    Antonio McDyess

    Quitman, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

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    Danny Manning

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #103 of 168 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#28 of 91 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

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    Sam Lacey

    Indianola, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    TeamsKansas City Kings, Cincinnati Royals, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #23 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s#20 of 27 The Best Centers of the 70s

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    Purvis Short

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

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    Harvey Catchings

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

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    E. C. Coleman

    Flora, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsHouston Rockets, New Orleans Jazz, Golden State Warriors

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    Erick Dampier

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

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    Larry Smith

    Rolling Fork, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

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    Slick Watts

    Rolling Fork, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Jazz

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    Clarence Weatherspoon

    Crawford, Mississippi

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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    Ronald Dupree

    Biloxi, Mississippi

    PositionSmall forward, Forward

    TeamsSeattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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    Rodney Hood

    Meridian, Mississippi

    PositionShooting Guard

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    Lindsey Hunter

    Utica, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

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    George Johnson

    Tylertown, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    TeamsGolden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics

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    Dee Brown

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsUtah Jazz

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    Othella Harrington

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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    Gerald Glass

    Greenwood, Mississippi

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons

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    Justin Reed

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionSmall forward

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves