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The Best NBA Players From New Jersey 

Ranker NBA
Updated December 31, 2019 1.1k votes 53 voters 140 items

List Rules Vote up the best players born in New Jersey.

Here are the best NBA players from New Jersey. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in NJ includes Shaquille O'Neal, Rick Barry, and Dennis Rodman, as well as current players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Kenneth Faried, and many more NBA players from Union City, Jersey City, and Newark. Who is the greatest NBA player from New Jersey?

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

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the ...more
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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Karl-Anthony Towns Edison, New Jersey
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played ...more
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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas ...more
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Rick Barry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball ...more
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Jaren Jackson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Plainfield, New Jersey
Jaren Jackson Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State ...more
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Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo (born July 18, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
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Jalen Brunson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Jalen Marquis Brunson (born August 31, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more
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J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Freehold Borough, New Jersey
Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III (born September 9, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association ...more
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Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States of America
Michael Bibby (born May 13, 1978) is an American basketball coach and former player. He played professionally for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He last served as the ...more
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David West is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Teaneck, New Jersey
David Moorer West (born August 29, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Al Harrington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Orange, New Jersey, United States of America
Albert Harrington (born February 17, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. Selected with the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Harrington played 16 seasons in the ...more
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Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Jersey City, New Jersey
Thomas William Heinsohn (born August 26, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball player. He has been associated with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) ...more
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Andrew Bynum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player. He played the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association ...more
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Dajuan Wagner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Camden, New Jersey
Dajuan Marquett Wagner (born February 4, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player. He is the son of former University of Louisville and National Basketball Association (NBA) ...more
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Kenneth Faried is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Kenneth Bernard Faried Lewis (born November 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more
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Gerald Henderson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Caldwell, New Jersey
Jerome McKinley "Gerald" Henderson Jr. (born December 9, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player who played eight seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more
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Troy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey
Troy Brandon Murphy (born May 2, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Murphy was born ...more
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MarShon Brooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States of America
MarShon Scitif Brooks (born January 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Standing at 6 ft 5 in ...more
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Jason Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey
Jason Carlton Thompson (born July 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association. He was a starting center playing ...more
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Chris Copeland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Orange, New Jersey
Christopher Stephen "Chris" Copeland is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. He played college ...more
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Brevin Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Brevin Adon Knight (born November 8, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball point guard who played with nine teams in the NBA from 1997 to 2009. Knight played college basketball at ...more
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Randy Foye is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey
Randy Foye (born September 24, 1983) is a color analyst of the YES Network and a former American professional basketball player. He played collegiately at Villanova University. He was selected ...more
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Bob Verga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Neptune Township, New Jersey
Robert Bruce "Bob" Verga (born September 7, 1945) is an American retired professional basketball player, who played in the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball ...more
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Warren Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Warren Davis Atlantic City, New Jersey
Warren Lee Davis (born June 30, 1943 in Atlantic City, New Jersey) was a Forward/Center for the Anaheim Amigos (1967–68), Los Angeles Stars (1968–70), Pittsburgh Pipers (1970), The Floridians ...more
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Tim Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players From New Jersey
Paterson, New Jersey
Timothy Mark Thomas (born February 26, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player.