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The Best NBA Players from New York

Updated November 4, 2019 13.2k votes 785 voters 22.6k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Michael Jordan

    New York City, New York

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    New York City, New York

    PositionCenter

    Age72

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Julius Erving

    Roosevelt, New York

    PositionSmall forward

    Age69

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, New York Nets

    Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is... more on Wikipedia
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    Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Bob Cousy

    Yorkville, New York City

    PositionPoint guard

    Age91

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Bernard King

    New York City, New York

    PositionSmall forward

    Age63

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

    Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at... more on Wikipedia
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    Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Carmelo Anthony

    New York City, Red Hook

    PositionSmall forward, Forward

    Age35

    Number7

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is... more on Wikipedia
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    Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Chris Mullin

    New York City, New York

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    Christopher Paul Mullin (born July 30, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Kemba Walker

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    Number15

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Stephon Marbury

    Coney Island, New York City

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks

    Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American former basketball player. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Donovan Mitchell

    Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Nate Archibald

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age71

    TeamsKansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

    Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (born September 2, 1948) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Andre Drummond

    Mount Vernon, New York

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age26

    Number1

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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    Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Bob Lanier

    Buffalo, New York

    PositionCenter

    Age71

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

    Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia

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    Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Mark Jackson

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets

    Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association... more on Wikipedia
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    Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Lamar Odom

    South Jamaica, New York City

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age40

    Number7

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

    Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. As a... more on Wikipedia

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    Tobias Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Tobias Harris

    Islip, New York

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age27

    Number12

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
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    Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Danny Green

    North Babylon, New York

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age32

    Number4

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

    Daniel Richard Green Jr. (born June 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Metta World Peace

    Queensbridge, New York City

    PositionSmall forward

    Age40

    Number15

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls

    Metta World Peace (born Ronald William Artest Jr.; November 13, 1979) is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Elton Brand

    Cortlandt, Cortlandt Manor

    PositionPower forward

    Age40

    Number42

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

    Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Jamal Mashburn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Jamal Mashburn

    New York City, New York

    PositionSmall forward

    Age47

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

    Jamal Mashburn (born November 29, 1972) is a retired American professional basketball player.... more on Wikipedia

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    Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Kenny Smith

    Jamaica, New York City

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

    Kenny "the Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is an American sports commentator and former... more on Wikipedia
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    Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Rod Strickland

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age53

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

    Rodney Strickland (born July 11, 1966) is an American basketball executive and retired... more on Wikipedia
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    Kenny Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Kenny Anderson

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age49

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

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    Connie Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Connie Hawkins

    New York City, New York

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age77

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers

    Cornelius "Connie" Lance Hawkins (July 17, 1942 – October 6, 2017) was an American basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from New York
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    Lance Stephenson

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age29

    Number1

    Lance Stephenson Jr. (born September 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
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