There have not been many NBA players from Rhode Island, but every one who has made it to professional basketball's highest level has accomplished something special. From Dino Martin and George Mearns, who played just two years in the league, to Marvin Barnes and Joe Hassett, who played six years in the league, all the players born in Rhode Island have represented their state well at the professional level.
So vote up the top Rhode Island NBA players, and help decide which stars among this small group deserves to be considered the best.
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)Marvin Jerome "Bad News" Barnes (July 27, 1952 – September 8, 2014) was an American professional basketball player. A forward, he was an All-American at Providence College, and played professionally in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA).... more409A great player?
- Photo: uploaded by Timeline CapsuleErnest DiGregorio (born January 15, 1951), also known as "Ernie D.", is an American former National Basketball Association player. He was the 1973–74 NBA Rookie of the Year and holds the NBA rookie record for assists in a single game with 25. Due to a severe knee injury suffered early in DiGregorio's professional career, he played only five NBA seasons.... more2111A great player?
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)Thomas S. "Tom" Garrick (born July 7, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2nd round (45th overall pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft. He played guard in four NBA seasons, mainly for the Clippers. Garrick's best year as a Clipper was during the 1989–90 NBA season when he averaged 7.0 ppg in 73 games. He played collegiately at the University of Rhode Island. Garrick is currently the head women's basketball coach at UMass Lowell.He was the head coach of the University of Rhode Island women's basketball team until he resigned following the 2008–09 season. From 2009 to 2015 he served as a women's basketball assistant coach at... more145A great player?
- Photo: Wikimedia CommonsRicardo "Ricky" Ledo is an American-Puerto Rican professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He committed to play for the Providence Friars, but the National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled him academically ineligible to play during his freshman season in 2012–13. Ledo never played a minute for the Friars that season, and at the end of the year he declared he was entering the 2013 NBA Draft.... more145A great player?