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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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, 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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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 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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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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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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) 9 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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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 is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He has won three championships with Beijing ...more
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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Buffalo, New York
Robert Jerry "Bob" Lanier, Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Lanier was inducted into the ...more
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37 16
Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Islip, New York
Tobias John Harris is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 6 ft 9 in forward played one season of ...more
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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Mount Vernon, New York
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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Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
North Babylon, New York
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
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Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
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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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
Jamaica, New York City, New York
Kenneth "Kenny" Smith is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association and went on to become a TV basketball analyst, primarily ...more
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Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
Jamal Mashburn is a retired American professional basketball player. A small forward, Mashburn was a prolific scorer in his 12 seasons in the league, with a career scoring average of 19.1 points ...more
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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
South Jamaica, New York City, New York
Lamar Joseph Odom is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2011 and won the 2009 and 2010 NBA championship with ...more
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Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York
William John "Billy" Cunningham is an American former professional basketball player and coach, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid.
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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
New York City, New York, United States of America
Mark A. Jackson is a former NBA player and American basketball coach who was most recently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. A point guard from St. John's University, he ...more
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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 25 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 Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Lincoln High ...more