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The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania 

Ranker NBA
Updated February 26, 2020 7.4k votes 917 voters 15.1k views 198 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Pennsylvania.

Here are the best NBA players from Pennsylvania. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Pennsylvania includes NBA players from Philadelphia, like favorite Philly sons Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and Kyle Lowry. Other Pennsylvania players on an NBA team, from places like Pittsburgh and elsewhere, are Pistol Pete Maravich and Stu Lantz. Who is the greatest NBA player from Pennsylvania?

Vote up the top Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania with a list of the best NFL players from Pennsylvania.

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 41

Number: 24

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ...more

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

Wilton Norman Chamberlain (; August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player who played as a center and is considered one of the greatest players in history. He played for ...more

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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#25 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #124 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #23 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 33

Number: 3

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Kyle Terrell Lowry (born March 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With the Raptors, he has been a ...more

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5
Paul Arizin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 78 (1928-2006)

Teams: Philadelphia Warriors

Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed "Pitchin' Paul", was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association (NBA) career ...more

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania

Age: 75

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in ...more

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Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Small forward and Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 45

Number: 36

Teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons

Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Philadelphia, ...more

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Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard and Shooting guard from Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Age: 41

Number: 32

Teams: Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons

Richard Clay "Rip" Hamilton (born February 14, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hamilton ...more

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Marcus Morris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

Number: 15

Teams: New York Knicks

Marcus Thomas Morris Sr. (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) ...more
10
Dion Waiters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 28

Number: 11

Teams: Miami Heat

Dion Waiters (born December 10, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Waiters is a 6 ft 4 in shooting ...more
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Markieff Morris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

Number: 5

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Markieff Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the ...more

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Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Shooting guard and Small forward from Chester, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 30

Number: 13

Tyreke Jamir Evans (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball player. After playing college basketball for the Memphis Tigers, he was selected with the fourth overall pick ...more

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T. J. McConnell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Number: 9

Teams: Indiana Pacers

T.J. McConnell Jr. (born March 25, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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Jameer Nelson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard from Chester, Pennsylvania

Age: 37

Number: 14

Teams: Orlando Magic

Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. He played college basketball for the Saint Joseph's Hawks, where he was named national ...more

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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
16
Mikal Bridges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania

Number: 25

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges (born August 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
17
Steven Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Steven Smith Small forward and Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 36

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Steven Alexander Smith (born April 12, 1983) is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6'9" (2.06 m) tall power forward. He played college basketball for the La Salle
18
Wayne Ellington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Shooting guard from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Age: 32

Number: 2

Teams: New York Knicks

Wayne Robert Ellington Jr. (born November 29, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the ...more

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Lonnie Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Lonnie Walker Shooting guard from Reading, Pennsylvania

Number: 1

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Lonnie Walker IV (born December 14, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball ...more
20
Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 44

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played from 1998 to 2008 in the NBA.

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Sam Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Center from Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Age: 58

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers

Samuel Paul Bowie (born March 17, 1961) is a former American professional basketball player. A national sensation in high school and outstanding collegian and Olympic team member, Bowie's ...more

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Lionel Simmons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Small forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 51

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Lionel James "L-Train" Simmons (born November 14, 1968) is an American former professional basketball player.
23
Tom Gola is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Teams: Philadelphia Warriors, New York Knicks

Thomas Joseph Gola (January 13, 1933 – January 26, 2014) was an American basketball player and politician. He is widely considered one of the greatest NCAA basketball players of all-time. Gola ...more
24
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 26

Number: 14

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

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Aaron McKie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Pennsylvania
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 47

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

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