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The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C. 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 24, 2019 971 votes 125 voters 3.4k 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.?

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Ed Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward from Washington

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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Quinn Cook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard from Washington

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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Tim Bassett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward and Center from Washington

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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Sherman Douglas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Sherman Douglas Point guard from Washington

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) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Power forward and Center from Washington

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

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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Walt Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington

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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Charles Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
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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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Roger Mason, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Point guard and Shooting guard from Washington

Teams: Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls

Age: 39

Number: 8

Roger Philip Mason Jr. (born September 10, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the ...more
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Tom Hoover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Tom Hoover

Teams: New York Nets, St. Louis Hawks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

Age: 78

Thomas Lee Hoover, Jr. is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'9" forward/center from Villanova University, Hoover played in the National Basketball Association from 1963 ...more
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Adrian Branch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
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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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James White is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington

Age: 37

Number: 4

James William White IV (born October 21, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for Phoenix Fuelmasters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Standing at a height of ...more
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John Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
John Turner Power forward from Washington

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 52

John L. Turner (born November 30, 1967) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Dominic Pressley is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Jerry Chambers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 76

Jerome Purcell "Jerry" Chambers (born July 18, 1943) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'5" and 185 pounds, he played as a forward.
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Kenny Carr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Small forward and Power forward from Washington

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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Randolph Childress is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons

Age: 47

Randolph Childress (born September 21, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player. He is currently an assistant coach for his alma mater, Wake Forest University.
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John Austin is listed (or ranked) 24 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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DerMarr Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Washington, D.C.
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington

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