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The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin 

Ranker NBA
Updated March 30, 2020 1.9k votes 264 voters 6.6k views 54 items

List Rules Only NBA players born in Wisconsin.

Here are the best NBA players from Wisconsin. Featuring Hall of Fame greats, superstars, and active players, this list of basketball players who were born in Wisconsin includes Latrell Sprewell, Nick Van Exel, Fred Brown, and Caron Butler. Who is the greatest NBA player from Wisconsin?

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Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard from Kenosha, Wisconsin

Age: 48

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National ...more

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Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Shooting guard and Small forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 49

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

Latrell Fontaine Sprewell (born September 8, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, and the Minnesota ...more

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Caron Butler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Small forward from Racine, Wisconsin

Age: 39

Number: 5

Teams: Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

James Caron Butler (born March 13, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. During a 14-year career he played for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, ...more

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Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard and Shooting guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 36

Number: 34

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Devin Lamar Harris (born February 27, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Harris attended ...more

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Terry Porter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 56

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

Terry Porter (born April 8, 1963) is an American college basketball coach and former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the head men's basketball coach at the ...more

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Sam Dekker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Small forward from Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Age: 25

Samuel Thomas Dekker (born May 6, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League and the EuroCup. Dekker attended Sheboygan Lutheran High School ...more

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Fred Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin

Age: 71

Teams: Seattle Supersonics

Fred Brown (born August 7, 1948), nicknamed "Downtown Freddie Brown", is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) guard from the University of Iowa, he ...more

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Deonte Burton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard from Milwaukee

Age: 28

Deonte Burton (born January 31, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association, on a two-way contract with the Oklahoma ...more
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Tony Bennett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Tony Bennett
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Carl Landry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Power forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 36

Number: 7

Teams: Houston Rockets

Carl Christopher Landry (born September 19, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for the Hiroshima Dragonflies of the B.League . The 6'9", all-conference power forward played ...more
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Jim Chones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Power forward and Center from Racine, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 70

Teams: Washington Wizards, New York Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

James Bernett “Bunny” Chones (born November 30, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player, and current radio analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers. A 6'11" forward/center, ...more
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Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard and Guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 44

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

Anthony Bernard Carter (born June 16, 1975) is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Miami Heat. He played college basketball for Saddleback College ...more
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Travis Diener is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Travis Diener Point guard from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Age: 37

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic

Travis Lyle Diener ( DEE-nər; born March 1, 1982) is an American-Italian professional basketball player for Vanoli Cremona in the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). He also holds Italian ...more
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Bob Anderegg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Bob Anderegg

Age: 82

Teams: New York Knicks

Robert H. Anderegg (born August 24, 1937) is a retired American small forward / shooting guard in the National Basketball Association and the American Basketball League . He played ...more
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Tony Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Tony Smith Shooting guard from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Age: 51

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, + more

Charles Anton "Tony" Smith (born June 14, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. Smith played high school basketball at Wauwatosa East High School, which retired ...more
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Joe Wolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Power forward and Center from Kohler, Wisconsin

Age: 55

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

Joseph James Wolf (born December 17, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the 13th overall pick of the 1987 ...more
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Dwight Buycks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Dwight Buycks

Age: 30

Dwight Buycks is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.
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Vander Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Vander Blue Shooting guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 27

Number: 2

Vander Blue is a basketball player at Marquette Golden Eagles.
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Don Kojis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Small forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 80

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Baltimore Bullets, Seattle Supersonics, San Diego Rockets, Detroit Pistons, + more

Donald R. Kojis (born January 15, 1939) is a former professional basketball player. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended Marquette University and was drafted by the Chicago Packers in the ...more
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Marcus Landry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 34

Marcus Landry (born November 1, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for Busan KT Sonicboom of the Korean Basketball League. Landry attended Vincent High School in Milwaukee, ...more
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Greg Stiemsma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Center from Randolph, Wisconsin, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 34

Gregory Stiemsma (; born September 26, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player who spent four seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played high school basketball ...more
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Mike Wilks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 40

Teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics, + more

Michael Sharod Wilks, Jr. (born May 7, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player.
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Jordan Poole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
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Number: 3

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Jordan Edward Poole (born June 19, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Chris Mihm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Center from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Age: 40

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

Christopher Steven Mihm (born July 16, 1979) is an American former professional basketball center. After playing college basketball at Texas, he was drafted with the 7th overall pick in the 2000 ...more
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Jerry Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin
Point guard from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Age: 32

Jerry Smith may refer to: Jerry Edwin Smith (born 1946), American federal appellate judge Jerry Smith (American football) (1943–1986), American football tight end Jerry Smith (American football ...more