Basketball The Best NBA Players from New York  

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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?

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his ...more

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Roosevelt, New York, United States of America
Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ...more

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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Bernard King is a retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA. He played 14 seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New ...more

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Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Yorkville, New York City, New York
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy is a retired American professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and briefly with the Cincinnati ...more

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Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
William John "Billy" Cunningham is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid.

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Al Bianchi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Al Bianchi Long Island City, New York City, New York
Alfred A. "Al" Bianchi is a former professional basketball player, coach, general manager, consultant and scout. He attended P.S. 4 elementary school, and graduated from Long Island ...more

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Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Rodney "Rod" Strickland is a retired American NBA player. Strickland played college basketball at DePaul University, where he was awarded All-American honors. He then enjoyed a long ...more

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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Kemba Hudley Walker is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte ...more

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Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Kenneth "Kenny" Anderson is a retired American basketball player. After a college career at Georgia Institute of Technology, he played point guard professionally from 1991 to 2006, ...more

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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Donovan Corey Mitchell Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Louisville ...more

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was one of the top rated basketball players in ...more

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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Christopher Paul "Chris" Mullin is a retired American basketball player and current head coach of the St. John's Red Storm. He previously served as special advisor for the Sacramento ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Red Hook, New York City, New York
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City - Omaha ...more

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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Queensbridge, New York City, New York
Metta World Peace is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Pallacanestro Cantù of the Italian League. He was known as Ron Artest before legally changing his ...more

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Brent Barry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Hempstead, New York, United States of America
Brent Robert Barry is an American retired professional basketball player. He is the son of former NBA player Rick Barry. The 6 ft 7 in, 210 lb shooting guard played professionally in the ...more

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Hilton Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Peekskill, New York, United States of America
Hilton Julius Armstrong, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League. During his college basketball career, he played as a ...more

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Joe Arlauckas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Rochester, New York, United States of America
Joseph John "Joe" Arlauckas is a retired American professional basketball power forward.

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Ron Behagen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Ronald Michael Behagen is a retired American basketball player. A 6'9" center from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City, Behagen played basketball in junior college and at the ...more

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Edward Bartels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Edward Bartels New York, New York
Edward John "Ed" Bartels was an American basketball player. He played collegiately for North Carolina State University. He played for the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks and ...more

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Walter Berry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Walter Berry is an American former professional basketball player. After spending three seasons in the NBA, he had a very successful career in various leagues around Europe and the Euroleague. ...more

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Charlie Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Charles Thomas Scott is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association and eight seasons in the National Basketball ...more

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Roger Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Roger William Brown was an American professional basketball player. Brown was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8, 2013.

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Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
North Babylon, New York, United States of America
Daniel Richard "Danny" Green, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a 6 ft 6 in, ...more