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The Best NBA Players from Ohio

Updated July 18, 2019 11.5k votes 1.1k voters 18.9k views169 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    LeBron James
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    LeBron James

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age35

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Stephen Curry
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    Stephen Curry

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    John Havlicek
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    John Havlicek

    Martins Ferry, Ohio

    Age79

    TeamsBoston Celtics

    John Joseph Havlicek ( HAV-li-chek; April 8, 1940 – April 25, 2019) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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    C. J. McCollum
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    C. J. McCollum

    Canton, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    Number3

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    Jerry Lucas
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    Jerry Lucas

    Middletown, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age79

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

    Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) is an American former basketball player. He was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Nate Thurmond
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    83

    Nate Thurmond

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age78

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls

    Nathaniel Thurmond (July 25, 1941 – July 16, 2016) was an American basketball player who spent... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Ron Harper
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    Ron Harper

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard, Small forward

    Age55

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

    Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964) is an American retired professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Redd
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    Michael Redd

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Age40

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

    Michael Wesley Redd (born August 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Clark Kellogg
    139
    30

    Clark Kellogg

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    Age58

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

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  • 10
    Caris LeVert
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    Kevin Martin
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    Kevin Martin

    Zanesville, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age36

    Number23

    TeamsSacramento Kings

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  • 12
    Larry Nance Jr.
    230
    98

    Larry Nance Jr.

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionForward

    Age26

    Number22

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Donnell Nance Jr. (born January 1, 1993) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    John Paxson
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    32

    John Paxson

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age60

    TeamsChicago Bulls

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  • 14
    Charles Oakley
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    Charles Oakley

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age56

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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  • 15
    Luke Kennard
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    Luke Kennard

    Middletown, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Number5

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Luke Douglas Kennard (born June 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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    Jim Jackson
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    Jim Jackson

    Toledo, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Age49

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers

    James Jackson (born October 14, 1970) is an American retired professional basketball player.... more on Wikipedia

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    #207 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#7 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time

  • 17
    Terry Rozier
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    Terry Rozier

    Terry William Rozier III (born March 17, 1994) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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    Jared Sullinger
    92
    44

    Jared Sullinger

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    Age27

    Number7

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  • 19
    Alvin Robertson
    58
    15

    Alvin Robertson

    Barberton, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Age57

    TeamsToronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

    Alvin Cyrrale Robertson (born July 22, 1962) is an American retired basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    James Posey
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    37

    James Posey

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward

    Age42

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

    James Mikely Mantell Posey Jr. (born January 13, 1977) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Gary Trent Jr.
    72
    32

    Gary Trent Jr.

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Number2

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

    Gary Dajaun Trent Jr. (born January 18, 1999) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Trey Burke
    124
    80

    Trey Burke

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    Number23

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

    Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Gary Trent
    63
    25

    Gary Trent

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    Age45

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Gary Dajaun Trent Sr. (born September 22, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Gus Johnson
    67
    31

    Gus Johnson

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 49 (1938-1987)

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

    Gus Johnson Jr. (December 13, 1938 – April 29, 1987) was an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Earl Boykins
    81
    50

    Earl Boykins

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age43

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

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