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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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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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
New York City, New York, United States of America
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.; April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) ...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 (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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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 5 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 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) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Yorkville, New York City, New York
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) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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
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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Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Coney Island, New York City, New York
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) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Mount Vernon, New York
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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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
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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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Buffalo, New York
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) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Queensbridge, New York City, New York
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) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Islip, New York
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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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Cortlandt, Cortlandt Manor, New York
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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Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Ken or Kenneth Anderson may refer to:
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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
South Jamaica, New York City, New York
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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Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
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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Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
North Babylon, New York
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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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Pat Riley Rome, New York, United States of America
Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the team ...more
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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, USA, Jamaica
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