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The Best NBA Players from New York

Updated November 4, 2019 13.6k votes 871 voters 25.4k 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 Jordan1
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    Michael Jordan

    New York City, New York

    PositionShooting guard

    Age57

    TeamsChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

    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, USA

    PositionCenter

    Age73

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks

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

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  • Julius Erving3
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    Julius Erving

    Roosevelt, New York

    PositionSmall forward

    Age70

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, New York Nets

    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#61 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • Bob Cousy4
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    Bob Cousy

    Yorkville, New York City

    PositionPoint guard

    Age92

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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

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  • Carmelo Anthony5
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    Carmelo Anthony

    Red Hook, New York City

    PositionSmall forward, Forward

    Age36

    Number7

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is...  more

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  • Bernard King6
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    Bernard King

    New York City, New York

    PositionSmall forward

    Age64

    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

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  • Kemba Walker7
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    Kemba Walker

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    Number15

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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

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    #12 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#1 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

  • Donovan Mitchell8
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    Donovan Mitchell

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

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  • Chris Mullin9
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    Chris Mullin

    New York City, New York

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

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

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  • Stephon Marbury10
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    Stephon Marbury

    Coney Island, New York City

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age43

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

    Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American former basketball player. He...  more

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    #108 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#42 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Nate Archibald11
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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

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    #4 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#94 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Andre Drummond12
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    Andre Drummond

    Mount Vernon, New York

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age27

    Number1

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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

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    #47 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#11 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time

  • Bob Lanier13
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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

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  • Mark Jackson14
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    Mark Jackson

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age55

    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

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    #39 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#10 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

  • Tobias Harris15
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    Tobias Harris

    Islip, New York

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age28

    Number12

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Tobias John Harris (born July 15, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more
  • Lamar Odom16
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    Lamar Odom

    South Jamaica, New York City

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age41

    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

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    #249 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#75 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Elton Brand17
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    Elton Brand

    Cortlandt, Cortlandt Manor

    PositionPower forward

    Age41

    Number42

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

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

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  • Danny Green18
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    Danny Green

    North Babylon, New York

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age33

    Number4

    TeamsSan Antonio Spurs

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

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  • Metta World Peace19
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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

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  • Jamal Mashburn20
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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
  • Kenny Smith21
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    Kenny Smith

    Jamaica, New York City

    PositionPoint guard

    Age55

    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

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    #6 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time#41 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Rod Strickland22
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    Rod Strickland

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    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
  • Kenny Anderson23
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    Kenny Anderson

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard

    Age50

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

    Ken or Kenneth Anderson may refer to:...  more
  • Connie Hawkins24
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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

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  • Lance Stephenson25
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    Lance Stephenson

    New York City, New York

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age30

    Number1

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

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