Basketball The Best NBA Players from Ohio  

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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. 

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Akron, Ohio, United States of America
LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 8 in and weighing 250 lbs., he has started ...more
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168 48
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Listed at 6 ft 3 in tall ...more
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117 36
C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Canton, Ohio, United States of America
Christian James "C. J." McCollum is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted ...more
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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Martins Ferry, Ohio
John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them ...more
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Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond is a retired American basketball player. Dominant at both center and power forward, he was a seven-time All-Star and the first player in NBA history to record ...more
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Caris LeVert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Caris Coleman LeVert (born August 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
7
72 36
Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Terry William Rozier III (born March 17, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The point guard played college ...more
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55 24
Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Charles Oakley is a retired American professional basketball player. Oakley, a former power forward, was a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and ...more
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Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Michael Wesley Redd 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 Columbus, Ohio, where he ...more
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43 17
Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
Ronald "Ron" Harper is a retired American professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the NBA. At 6-foot-6-inches, his position was ...more
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41 17
Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Middletown, Ohio
Jerry Ray Lucas is an American former basketball player, who is now a memory education expert. In 1996, the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in National ...more
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51 27
Larry Nance Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Larry Donnell Nance Jr. (born January 1, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
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20 5
James Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
James Mikely Mantell Posey, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. He played as a small forward for several teams in the National Basketball Association. He is currently an ...more
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43 25
Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ...more
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34 18
Norris Cole is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
Norris Gene Cole II is an American professional basketball point guard who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He is a two-time NBA champion, ...more
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Jim Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Jimmy Jackson is the father of Traevon Jackson.
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Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Zanesville, Ohio
Kevin Dallas Martin, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Martin played high school ...more
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Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball for Ohio ...more
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Gary Trent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Gary Dajaun Trent is an American retired professional basketball player. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Trent played his high school basketball at Hamilton Township High School. His senior ...more
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Tyrone Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Tyrone Hill is a retired American basketball player and, since 2008–09, assistant coach for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Hill spent four years playing collegiately at Xavier University, in his last ...more
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Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Gus Johnson was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. A 6 ft 6 in, 235-pound forward-center, he spent nine seasons with the Baltimore Bullets, and ...more
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17 8
Eric Snow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Canton, Ohio, United States of America
Eric Snow is a retired American professional basketball player and businessman. He is currently the Assistant Coach for the Florida Atlantic Owls men's basketball team.
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John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
John MacBeth Paxson is an American basketball administrator and former player who has been Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association ...more
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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Earl Antoine Boykins is an American former basketball player who played for twelve teams in fourteen professional seasons. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second shortest ...more
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16 8
Semaj Christon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Semaj Rakim Christon (born November 1, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for Hapoel Be'er Sheva of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for Xavier.