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The Best NBA Players From New Jersey

Updated February 18, 2021 3.2k votes 266 voters 7.5k views142 items

List RulesVote 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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    12

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Newark, New Jersey
    Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired...  more
  • 2
    133
    31

    Dennis Rodman

    Trenton, New Jersey
    Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more
  • 3
    112
    34

    Karl-Anthony Towns

    Edison, New Jersey
    Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional...  more
  • 4
    99
    27

    Rick Barry

    Elizabeth, New Jersey
    Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944) is an American retired professional...  more
  • 5
    89
    28

    Bam Adebayo

    Newark, New Jersey
    Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo (born July 18, 1997) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    90
    39

    J. R. Smith

    Freehold Borough, New Jersey
    Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III (born September 9, 1985) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • 7
    68
    28

    Jaren Jackson Jr.

    Plainfield, New Jersey
    Jaren Jackson Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of...  more
  • 8
    69
    32

    Mike Bibby

    Cherry Hill, New Jersey
    Michael Bibby (born May 13, 1978) is an American basketball coach and former player. He played...  more
  • 9
    46
    16

    David West

    Teaneck, New Jersey
    David Moorer West (born August 29, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more
  • 10
    27
    1

    Kyrie Irving

    Melbourne, Australia
    Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • 11
    43
    19

    Andrew Bynum

    Plainsboro, New Jersey
    Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player. He...  more
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    38
    20

    Al Harrington

    Orange, New Jersey
    Albert Harrington (born February 17, 1980) is an American former professional basketball...  more
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    35
    18

    Kenneth Faried

    Newark, New Jersey
    Kenneth Bernard Faried Lewis (born November 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • 14
    32
    16

    Tom Heinsohn

    Jersey City, New Jersey
    Thomas William Heinsohn (born August 26, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • 15
    29
    14

    Dajuan Wagner

    Camden, New Jersey
    Dajuan Marquett Wagner (born February 4, 1983) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • 16
    38
    25

    Jalen Brunson

    New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Jalen Marquis Brunson (born August 31, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • 17
    28
    16

    Kyle Anderson

    Fairview, New Jersey
    Kyle F. Anderson (born September 20, 1993)[1] is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    29
    20

    Tim Thomas

    Paterson, New Jersey
    Timothy Mark Thomas (born February 26, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball...  more
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    23
    13

    Bobby Hurley

    Jersey City, New Jersey
    Robert Matthew Hurley (born June 28, 1971) is an American basketball coach, and a former...  more
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    19
    9

    Al Attles

    Newark, New Jersey
    Alvin Austin Attles Jr. (born November 7, 1936) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • 21
    19
    10

    Jason Thompson

    Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey
    Jason Carlton Thompson (born July 21, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
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    18
    9

    Tony Campbell

    Teaneck, New Jersey
    Anthony "Tony" Campbell (born May 7, 1962) is a retired American National Basketball...  more
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    16
    8

    Bob Verga

    Neptune Township, New Jersey
    Robert Bruce "Bob" Verga (born September 7, 1945) is an American retired professional...  more
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    21
    15

    Brevin Knight

    Livingston, New Jersey
    Brevin Adon Knight (born November 8, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
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    18
    11

    Randy Foye

    Newark, New Jersey
    Randy Foye (born September 24, 1983) is a color analyst of the YES Network and a former...  more