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The Best NBA Players from Ohio 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 18, 2019 6.3k votes 772 voters 12.2k views 169 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Ohio.

Here are the best NBA players from Ohio. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Ohio includes John Havlicek, C. J. McCollum, and Akron basketball players LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Who is the greatest NBA player from Ohio?

Vote up the top Ohio NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. Then head over and check out some more top athletes from Ohio with a list of the best NFL players from Ohio.

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Akron

Age: 31

Number: 30

Teams: Golden State Warriors

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C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Canton

Age: 28

Number: 3

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). During his third ...more

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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio

Age: 79

Teams: Boston Celtics

John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA ...more

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5
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward and Center from Akron

Age: 78

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

Nathaniel Thurmond (July 25, 1941 – July 16, 2016) was an American basketball player who spent the majority of his 14-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Golden ...more

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward and Center from Cleveland

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Terry Rozier

Number: 3

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward and Center from Middletown

Age: 79

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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Caris LeVert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio

Number: 22

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard and Small forward from Dayton

Age: 55

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

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Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Columbus

Age: 40

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Michael Wesley Redd (born August 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He was drafted 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2000 NBA draft. He was born in ...more

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Larry Nance Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Forward from Akron

Age: 26

Number: 22

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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13
Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard and Small forward from Zanesville

Age: 36

Number: 23

Teams: Sacramento Kings

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Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Columbus

Age: 27

Number: 23

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ...more

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15
Clark Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward from Cleveland

Age: 58

Teams: Indiana Pacers

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Luke Kennard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Middletown, Ohio, USA

Number: 5

Teams: Detroit Pistons

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John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Dayton

Age: 59

Teams: Chicago Bulls

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Earl Boykins Point guard from Cleveland

Age: 43

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, + more

Earl Antoine Boykins (born June 2, 1976) is a former American professional basketball player. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second-shortest player in NBA history behind ...more
19
Jim Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Toledo

Age: 49

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, + more

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Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward from Columbus

Age: 27

Number: 7

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21
Norris Cole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Dayton

Age: 31

Number: 30

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James Posey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Small forward from Cleveland

Age: 42

Teams: Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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23
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Canton

Age: 46

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

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24
Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Small forward and Center from Akron

Age: Dec. at 49 (1938-1987)

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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25
Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward from Cincinnati

Age: 51

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

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