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The Best NBA Players From Ohio

Updated May 25, 2021 12.7k votes 1.4k voters 25.2k views171 items

List RulesOnly NBA players born or raised 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

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    Stephen Curry

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsGolden State Warriors

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    #115 of 299 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#149 of 242 The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked

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    C. J. McCollum

    Canton, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    #64 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#32 of 100 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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    John Havlicek

    Martins Ferry, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    #983 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#31 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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    Jerry Lucas

    Middletown, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

    TeamsCincinnati Royals, New York Knicks, San Francisco Warriors

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    #54 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#27 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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    Nate Thurmond

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

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

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    #3 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s#15 of 23 The Best Power Forwards of the '70s

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    Caris LeVert

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

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    #63 of 268 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#13 of 76 Every Athlete Signed To Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, Ranked

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    Michael Redd

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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    #4 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money#9 of 122 The Best Milwaukee Bucks of All Time

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    Ron Harper

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard, Small forward

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

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    #37 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#10 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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    Larry Nance Jr.

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsCleveland Cavaliers

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    Charles Oakley

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPower forward, Center

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

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    #22 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History#12 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s

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    Clark Kellogg

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsIndiana Pacers

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    John Paxson

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsChicago Bulls

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    Kevin Martin

    Zanesville, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    TeamsSacramento Kings

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    Terry Rozier

    Youngstown, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsCharlotte Hornets

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    #49 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#14 of 100 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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    Luke Kennard

    Middletown, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsLos Angeles Clippers

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    #31 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time#39 of 93 The Best Detroit Pistons of All Time

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    Jim Jackson

    Toledo, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

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

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

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    Trey Burke

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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    #5 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#65 of 74 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

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    Alvin Robertson

    Barberton, Ohio

    PositionShooting guard

    TeamsToronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

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    #5 of 33 The Greatest Arkansas Basketball Players of All Time#15 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

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    Gus Johnson

    Akron, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward, Center

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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    Gary Trent

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

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

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    Jared Sullinger

    Columbus, Ohio

    PositionPower forward

    TeamsBoston Celtics, New York Knicks

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    James Posey

    Cleveland, Ohio

    PositionSmall forward

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

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    Norris Cole

    Dayton, Ohio

    PositionPoint guard

    TeamsMiami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans