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The Best NBA Players from New York

Updated November 4, 2019 14.5k votes 915 voters 26.8k 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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    Michael Jordan

    New York City, New York
    Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American...  more

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    New York City, New York
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Julius Erving

    Roosevelt, New York
    Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is...  more

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    #3 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#62 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

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    Carmelo Anthony

    Red Hook, New York
    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Bob Cousy

    Yorkville, New York City
    Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Bernard King

    New York City, New York
    Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at...  more

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    Kemba Walker

    New York City, New York
    Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Donovan Mitchell

    Elmsford, New York
    Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball...  more

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    Chris Mullin

    New York City, New York
    Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Stephon Marbury

    Coney Island, New York City
    Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American former basketball player. He...  more

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    Nate Archibald

    New York City, New York
    Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (born September 2, 1948) is an American retired professional...  more

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    Andre Drummond

    Mount Vernon, New York
    Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    Bob Lanier

    Buffalo, New York
    Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948) is an American retired professional...  more

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    Mark Jackson

    New York City, New York
    Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association...  more

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    Tobias Harris

    Islip, New York
    Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more
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    Lamar Odom

    South Jamaica, New York City
    Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. As a...  more

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    Danny Green

    North Babylon, New York
    Daniel Richard Green Jr. (born June 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    Elton Brand

    Cortlandt Manor, Cortlandt
    Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more

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    Metta World Peace

    Queensbridge, New York City
    Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest Jr.; November 13, 1979) is an American...  more
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    Jamal Mashburn

    New York City, New York
    Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player....  more
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    Kenny Smith

    Jamaica, New York City
    Kenny "the Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is an American sports commentator and former...  more

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    Rod Strickland

    New York City, New York
    Rodney Strickland (born July 11, 1966) is an American basketball executive and retired...  more
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    Kenny Anderson

    New York City, New York
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    Connie Hawkins

    New York City, New York
    Cornelius "Connie" Lance Hawkins (July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017) was an American basketball...  more

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    Lance Stephenson

    New York City, New York
    Lance Stephenson Jr. (born September 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player...  more