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The Best NBA Players from New York

Updated November 4, 2019 13.7k votes 905 voters 26.3k views347 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Billy Cunningham

    New York City, New York
    William John Cunningham (born June 3, 1943) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #114 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#101 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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    Lenny Wilkens

    New York City, New York
    Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American former basketball player and...  more

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    #56 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#12 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s

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    Pat Riley

    Rome, New York
    Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive,...  more

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    The Best Pat Riley Quotes#127 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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    Sam Perkins

    New York City, USA
    Samuel Perkins (born June 14, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player and...  more

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    #7 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#224 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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    Christian Laettner

    Angola, New York
    Christian Donald Laettner (, LAYT-nər; born August 17, 1969) is a retired American basketball...  more

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    #1 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time#74 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

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    Joakim Noah

    New York City, New York
    Joakim Simon Noah ( JOH-ə-kim; born February 25, 1985) is a former professional basketball...  more

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    #120 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#20 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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    Taj Gibson

    New York City, New York
    Taj Jami Gibson (born June 24, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the New...  more
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    Jonathan Judah Isaac (born October 3, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
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    Cliff Robinson

    Buffalo, New York
    Clifford Ralph Robinson (born December 16, 1966) is an American retired professional...  more

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    #8 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#21 of 30 The Best NBA Centers of the '90s

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    Richie Guerin

    New York City, New York
    Richard Vincent Guerin (born May 29, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
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    Gus Williams

    Mount Vernon, New York
    Gus Williams may refer to: Gus Williams (vaudeville) (1848–1915), American comedian and...  more
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    Vinnie Johnson

    New York City, New York
    Vincent Johnson (born September 1, 1956), is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    #14 of 20 NBA Playoff Buzzer Beaters That Fans Will Never Forget#13 of 93 The Best Detroit Pistons of All Time

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    Dolph Schayes

    New York City, New York
    Adolph Schayes (May 19, 1928 – December 10, 2015) was an American professional basketball...  more

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    #190 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#1083 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    God Shammgod

    New York City, New York
    God Shammgod (born April 29, 1976 and formerly known as Shammgod Wells) is an American...  more
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    Thomas Jermaine Bryant (born July 31, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #210 of 265 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#31 of 67 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

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    Mohamed Bamba

    Mohamed Fakaba ”Mo” Bamba (born May 12, 1998) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Hamidou Diallo

    Queens, New York
    Hamidou Diallo is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the...  more
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    Antonio Davon Blakeney (born October 4, 1996) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Charlie Scott

    New York City, New York
    Charles Thomas Scott (born December 15, 1948) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #70 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#12 of 32 The Best Boston Celtics Point Guards of All Time

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    Roy Hibbert

    New York City, New York
    Roy Denzil Hibbert (born December 11, 1986) is a Jamaican-American retired professional...  more

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    #128 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#132 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    Kevin Huerter

    Albany, New York
    Kevin Joseph Huerter (born August 27, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #220 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#59 of 75 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA

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    Rafer Alston

    New York City, New York
    Rafer Jamel Alston (born July 24, 1976), also known as Skip to my Lou, is an American retired...  more
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    Channing Frye

    White Plains, New York
    Channing Thomas Frye (born May 17, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player....  more
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    Sean Kilpatrick

    Yonkers, New York
    Sean Redell Kilpatrick (born January 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Maurice Harkless

    New York City, New York
    Maurice José Harkless (born May 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for...  more