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The Best NBA Players from Ohio 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 18, 2019 7.9k votes 980 voters 16.1k 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, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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

Age: 31

Number: 30

Teams: Golden State Warriors

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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 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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C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

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

Age: 78

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

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Jerry Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward and Center from Middletown, Ohio

Age: 79

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

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Larry Nance Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Forward from Akron, Ohio

Age: 26

Number: 22

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

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
8
Caris LeVert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio

Number: 22

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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Ron Harper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard and Small forward from Dayton, Ohio

Age: 55

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

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Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

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Charles Oakley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward and Center from Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 56

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

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Kevin Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard and Small forward from Zanesville, Ohio

Age: 36

Number: 23

Teams: Sacramento Kings

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Clark Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 58

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. (born July 2, 1961) is the former VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers, the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, and a former player in the ...more

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Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Terry Rozier

Number: 3

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

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John Paxson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Dayton, Ohio

Age: 59

Teams: Chicago Bulls

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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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Jim Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Toledo, Ohio

Age: 49

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

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18
Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 23

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

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Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward from Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 7

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20
James Posey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Small forward from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 42

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

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21
Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Earl Boykins Point guard from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 43

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

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Norris Cole is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Point guard from Dayton, Ohio

Age: 31

Number: 30

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Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Small forward and Center from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 49 (1938-1987)

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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24
Alvin Robertson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Shooting guard from Barberton, Ohio

Age: 57

Teams: Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

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Gary Trent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Ohio
Power forward from Columbus, Ohio

Age: 45

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

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