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The Best NBA Players from New York 

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Updated November 4, 2019 8.8k votes 744 voters 20.5k views 347 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in New York.

Here are the best NBA players from New York. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in New York includes Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, and Bernard King. Later generation NBA players, like Carmelo Anthony, Donovan Mitchell, and Kemba Walker, also call NYC home. Who is the greatest NBA player from New York?

Vote up the top New York NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. Then head over and check out some more New York star athletes with a list of the best NFL players from New York.

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American former professional basketball player and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the ...more

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Center from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 72

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the ...more

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward from Roosevelt, New York, United States of America

Age: 69

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American retired basketball player who helped popularize a modern style of play that emphasizes ...more

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#504 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #982 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward and Forward from Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 7

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent but last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more

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Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 91

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, and briefly with the ...more

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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 29

Number: 15

Teams: Boston Celtics

Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was picked ninth overall by the ...more

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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 63

Teams: Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at the small forward position in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 14 seasons with ...more

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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 56

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player and former head coach of the St. John's Red Storm. He previously served as special advisor for ...more

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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Donovan Mitchell

Number: 45

Teams: Utah Jazz

Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon, New York

Age: 26

Number: 1

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was one of the top rated ...more

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Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard and Shooting guard from Coney Island, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks

Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American former basketball player. He was selected out of Georgia Tech by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 4th overall pick in the 1996 NBA ...more

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 71

Teams: Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (born September 2, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati ...more

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#223 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #17 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #25 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Center from Buffalo, New York

Age: 71

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball ...more

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward from Queensbridge, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 15

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest Jr.; November 13, 1979) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently the player development coach for the South ...more

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Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward and Power forward from Islip, New York

Age: 27

Number: 12

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers. He played one season of college basketball for the Tennessee Volunteers before ...more
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Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Shooting guard and Small forward from North Babylon, New York

Age: 32

Number: 4

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Daniel Richard Green Jr. (born June 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, + more

Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and coach. A point guard from St. John's University, he played for the New York Knicks, ...more

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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward and Power forward from South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 7

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won NBA ...more

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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Power forward from Cortlandt Manor, Cortlandt, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 42

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player and the current general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 53

Teams: Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, + more

Rodney Strickland (born July 11, 1966) is an American basketball executive and retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player. He is currently the program manager for the NBA G League's ...more

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Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, + more

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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 47

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player. Nicknamed the "Monster Mash," Mashburn was a prolific scorer as a small forward in his 12 ...more

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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard from Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, + more

Kenny "the Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is an American sports commentator and former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the ...more

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Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Point guard and Shooting guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 29

Number: 1

Lance Stephenson Jr. (born September 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He attended Lincoln High ...more

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Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 76

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

William John Cunningham (born June 3, 1943) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid. He spent a total of 17 seasons with the NBA's ...more

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