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The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C. 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 13, 2020 1.2k votes 176 voters 5.6k views 67 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Washington, D.C.

Here are the best NBA players from Washington D.C.. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Washington D.C. includes Kevin Durant, Elgin Baylor, Adrian Dantley, and Austin Carr. Who is the greatest NBA player from Washington D.C.?

Vote up the top Washington D.C. NBA players, and add your favorite players if they're missing from the list. 

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more

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Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 85

Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934) is an American former basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 14 seasons as a small forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for ...more

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Adrian Dantley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

Age: 64

Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956) is an American retired basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A forward and six-time NBA All-Star, ...more

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Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

Age: 76

David Bing (born November 24, 1943) is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player, former mayor of Detroit, Michigan, and businessman. After starring at Syracuse University, Bing played ...more

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Johnny Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

Age: 56

Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr. (born September 28, 1963) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the UCF men's basketball team. From 2008 to 2016, he was the head ...more
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Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Guard from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 71

Number: 22, 34

Austin George Carr (born March 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Bullets of the National ...more

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Sherman Douglas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Sherman Douglas Point guard from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 53

Sherman Douglas (born September 15, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player from Syracuse University who played for the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey ...more

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Thurl Bailey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward and Center from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 58

Thurl Lee Bailey (born April 7, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player whose NBA career spanned from 1983 to 1999 with the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bailey ...more
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Walt Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, + more

Age: 49

Walter Ander "The Wizard" Williams (born April 16, 1970) is a retired American professional basketball player. A sharpshooting 6'8" forward/guard, Williams attended school at the ...more
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John Battle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 57

John Sidney Battle (born November 9, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6' 2" (1.88 m) guard from Rutgers University, Battle was selected in the fourth round of ...more
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Quinn Cook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 26

Number: 2

Quinn Alexander Cook (born March 23, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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John Lucas III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
John Lucas III Point guard from Washington, D.C.

Age: 37

Number: 5

John Harding Lucas III (born November 21, 1982) is an American retired professional basketball player who was last a player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National ...more
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Tim Bassett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward and Center from Washington, D.C.

Teams: New York Nets, Brooklyn Nets

Age: 68

Eugene Timothy Bassett (April 1, 1951 – December 9, 2018) was an American basketball player. He was a staff member for the charitable group Heroes and Cool Kids.
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Kenny Carr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Small forward and Power forward from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

Age: 64

Kenneth Alan Carr (born August 15, 1955) is a retired American basketball player. Carr won a gold medal with the United States national basketball team at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Carr was the ...more
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Adrian Branch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.

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

Age: 56

Adrian Francis Branch (born November 17, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6'7" guard/forward out of DeMatha High School, Branch starred at the University of ...more
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Ed Davis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 30

Number: 17

Edward Adam Davis (born June 5, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball at ...more

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Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons

Age: 59

Sidney Rochell Lowe (born January 21, 1960) is an American basketball former player and coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association ...more
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Delonte West is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard and Shooting guard from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

Age: 36

Delonte Maurice West (born July 26, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Boston Celtics, Seattle ...more

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Charles Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.

Age: 52

Charles Edward Smith IV (born November 29, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player who played with the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA.
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DerMarr Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

Age: 39

DerMarr Miles Johnson (born May 5, 1980) is an American professional basketball player. Johnson was a consensus McDonald's, Parade Magazine and USA Today high school All-American as well as ...more
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Fred Hetzel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward and Center from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, San Francisco Warriors

Age: 77

Fred W. Hetzel (born July 21, 1942) is a retired American basketball player who played six seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player for ...more
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John Duren is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
John Duren

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

Age: 61

John Thomas Duren (born October 30, 1958) is an American retired professional basketball player. He was a 6'3" (191 cm) 195 lb (89 kg) guard and played collegiately at Georgetown University ...more
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John Austin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Johnny Austin

Teams: Baltimore Bullets

Age: 75

John W. Austin (born August 31, 1944) is a retired American basketball player. Born in Washington, D.C., he played collegiately for the Boston College. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in ...more
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Dominic Pressley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Dominic Pressley

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Age: 51

Dominic Ivan Pressley is a retired professional basketball point guard who played one season in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Washington Bullets and the Chicago Bulls. ...more
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Sharrod Ford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward and Center from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Age: 37

Sharrod Victor Ford (born September 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Acıbadem Üniversitesi of the Turkish Basketball First League.