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The Best NBA Players from Ohio

Updated July 18, 2019 12.1k votes 1.3k voters 22.4k 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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  • LeBron James1
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    LeBron James

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age36

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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

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  • Stephen Curry2
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    Stephen Curry

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    Number30

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

    Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional...  more

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  • John Havlicek3
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    John Havlicek

    Martins Ferry, Ohio

    Age80

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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

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  • C. J. McCollum4
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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

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  • Jerry Lucas5
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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

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    #75 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#55 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Nate Thurmond6
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    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

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    #99 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time#3 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

  • Ron Harper7
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    Ron Harper

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard, Small forward

    Age56

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

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

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  • Caris LeVert8
    Caris Coleman LeVert (born August 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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  • Michael Redd9
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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

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

  • Clark Kellogg10
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    Clark Kellogg

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    Age58

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

    Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. (born July 2, 1961) is the former VP of player relations for the...  more
  • Larry Nance Jr.11
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    Larry Nance Jr.

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    Age27

    Number22

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Donnell Nance Jr. (born January 1, 1993) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Charles Oakley12
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    Charles Oakley

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Age56

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

    Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963) is an American former professional basketball player....  more

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    #11 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#12 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

  • John Paxson13
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    John Paxson

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age60

    TeamsChicago Bulls

    John MacBeth Paxson (born September 29, 1960) is an American basketball administrator and...  more
  • Kevin Martin14
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    Kevin Martin

    Zanesville, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age37

    Number23

    TeamsSacramento Kings

    Kevin Dallas Martin Jr. (born February 1, 1983) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Luke Kennard15
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    Luke Kennard

    Middletown, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Number5

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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

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  • Jim Jackson16
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    Jim Jackson

    Toledo, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    Age50

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

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

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  • Terry Rozier17
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    Terry Rozier

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

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  • Alvin Robertson18
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    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
  • Gary Trent Jr.19
    Gary Dajaun Trent Jr. (born January 18, 1999) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Trey Burke20
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    Trey Burke

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age28

    Number23

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

    Alfonso Clark "Trey" Burke III (born November 12, 1992) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • Jared Sullinger21
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    Jared Sullinger

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    Age27

    Number7

    Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more
  • James Posey22
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    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
  • Gus Johnson23
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    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
  • Gary Trent24
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    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
  • Eric Snow25
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    Eric Snow

    Canton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    Age46

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

    Eric Snow (born April 5, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player. Snow...  more