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The Best NBA Players from Mississippi

Updated June 2, 2019 4.6k votes 463 voters 11.6k views86 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf1
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    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

    Gulfport, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    Age50

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (born Chris Wayne Jackson on March 9, 1969) is a former American...  more

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  • Spencer Haywood2
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    Spencer Haywood

    Silver City, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age70

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

    Spencer Haywood (born April 22, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and...  more
  • Mike Green3
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    Mike Green

    McComb, Mississippi
  • Monta Ellis4
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    Monta Ellis

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    Number11

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Monta Ellis ( MON-tay; born October 26, 1985) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Chet Walker5
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    Chet Walker

    Benton Harbor, Michigan

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age79

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals, Chicago Bulls

    Chester Walker (born February 22, 1940) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Sam Lacey6
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    Sam Lacey

    Indianola, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    AgeDec. at 66 (1948-2014)

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

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

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  • Al Jefferson7
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    Al Jefferson

    Monticello, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age35

    Number25

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Al Ricardo Jefferson (born January 4, 1985) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Mo Williams8
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    Mo Williams

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    Age37

    Number5

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

    Maurice Williams (born December 19, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player...  more
  • Danny Manning9
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    Danny Manning

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward

    Age54

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

    Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and retired...  more

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  • Rodney Hood10
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    Rodney Hood

    Meridian, Mississippi

    PositionShooting Guard, Small Forward

    Age28

    Number5

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Rodney Michael Hood (born October 20, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Harvey Catchings11
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    Harvey Catchings

    Jackson, Mississippi

    Age68

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

    Harvey Lee Catchings (born September 2, 1951) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • E. C. Coleman12
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    E. C. Coleman

    Flora, Mississippi

    Age69

    TeamsHouston Rockets, New Orleans Jazz, Golden State Warriors

    E. C. Coleman Jr. (born September 25, 1950) is a retired American basketball player. Born in...  more
  • Purvis Short13
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    Purvis Short

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age63

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

    Purvis Short (born July 2, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player who...  more
  • Antonio McDyess14
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    Antonio McDyess

    Quitman, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age45

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

    Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974) is an American former professional...  more
  • Erick Dampier15
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    Erick Dampier

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionCenter

    Age44

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    Erick Travez Dampier (born July 14, 1975) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Larry Smith16
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    Larry Smith

    Rolling Fork, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age61

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

    Larry Smith (born January 18, 1958) is a former American professional basketball player. A...  more
  • Slick Watts17
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    Slick Watts

    Rolling Fork, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    Age68

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Jazz

    Donald Earl "Slick" Watts (born July 22, 1951) is an American former basketball player.Watts...  more
  • Clarence Weatherspoon18
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    Clarence Weatherspoon

    Crawford, Mississippi

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age49

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

    Clarence Weatherspoon, Sr. (born September 8, 1970) is a former American professional...  more
  • Ronald Dupree19
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    Ronald Dupree

    Biloxi, Mississippi

    PositionSmall forward, Forward

    Age38

    TeamsSeattle Supersonics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

    Ronald Edmund "Super-dupe" Dupree, Jr. (born January 26, 1981) is an American former...  more
  • Johnny O'Bryant20
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    Johnny O'Bryant

  • George Johnson21
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    George Johnson

    Tylertown, Mississippi
  • Lindsey Hunter22
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    Lindsey Hunter

    Utica, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    Age49

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

    Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional...  more
  • Gerald Glass23
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    Gerald Glass

    Greenwood, Mississippi

    Age52

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons

    Gerald Damon Glass (born November 12, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball...  more
  • Dee Brown24
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    Dee Brown

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    TeamsUtah Jazz

    Daniel "Dee" Brown (born August 17, 1984) is a retired American professional basketball player...  more
  • Othella Harrington25
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    Othella Harrington

    Jackson, Mississippi

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age45

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

    Othella Harrington (born January 31, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball...  more