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The Coolest NBA Players Right Now, Ranked

Updated June 8, 2021 9.3k votes 554 voters 4.8k views95 items

List RulesVote up the basketball players you think are the coolest

All the coolest players in the NBA carry themselves with a swagger that can't be contained. They are confident and talented enought to back up that confidence. They are never shy in the biggest moments on the court, and they can handle the heat off the court.

The coolest basketball players in the game right now are champions like LeBron James and Stephen Curry, MVPs like James Harden and Russell Westbrook, and they are up-and-coming stars like Ja Morant and Luka Doncic, all among the best players in basketball right now.

These are the players kids try to imitate on the playground while wearing their jerseys and carrying backpacks with their names on them. They make great guests on late night shows and sometimes even appear in movies and TV shows.

So, who are the coolest players in basketball right now? Which of these players defines cool in the NBA? Vote for the players you think have that "it" factor.

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    Damian Lillard

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland,...  more
  • 2
    226
    136

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (born December 6, 1994) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed the "Greek Freak" due to his...  more
  • 3
    141
    72

    Jimmy Butler

    Miami Heat

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Jimmy Butler III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one year of college basketball...  more
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    234
    147

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A six-time...  more
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    197
    124

    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in...  more
  • 6
    210
    137

    Kawhi Leonard

    Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceRiverside, California

    Kawhi Anthony Leonard (, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played two seasons of college...  more
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    169
    109

    Derrick Rose

    New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college...  more
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    246
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    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    LeBron Raymone James Sr. (born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments include...  more
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    123
    75

    Donovan Mitchell

    Utah Jazz

    PositionShooting Guard

    BirthplaceElmsford, New York

    Donovan Vernell Mitchell Jr. (born September 7, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for...  more
  • 10
    170
    123

    Russell Westbrook

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a nine-time NBA All-Star...  more
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    103
    63

    De'Aaron Fox

    Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceKaty, Texas

    De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fox played one season of college basketball...  more
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    135
    96

    Joel Embiid

    Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionCenter

    Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college basketball...  more
  • 13
    155
    116

    Kyrie Irving

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year after...  more
  • 14
    89
    56

    Devin Booker

    Phoenix Suns

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceWhitmire, South Carolina

    Devin Armani Booker (born October 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended Moss Point High School in Moss...  more
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    129
    96

    Paul George

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplacePalmdale, California

    Paul Cliftonantho George (born May 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time NBA All-Star and...  more
  • 16
    102
    72

    Klay Thompson

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Klay Alexander Thompson (born February 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is credited as...  more
  • 17
    69
    40

    Zach LaVine

    Chicago Bulls

    PositionGuard

    BirthplaceRenton, Washington

    Zachary LaVine (born March 10, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected in the first round of the 2014...  more
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    116
    87

    D'Angelo Russell

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    D'Angelo Danté Russell (born February 23, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected as a...  more
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    82
    53

    Jayson Tatum

    Boston Celtics

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Jayson Christopher Tatum (born March 3, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Tatum...  more
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    139
    117

    James Harden

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is one of the NBA's most prolific...  more
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    115
    93

    Anthony Davis

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward and...  more
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    92
    68

    Kemba Walker

    Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was picked ninth overall by the...  more
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    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    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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    97
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    Victor Oladipo

    Miami Heat

    PositionShooting guard

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the...  more
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    33
    11

    Ja Morant

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceDalzell, South Carolina

    Temetrius Jamel "Ja" Morant (born August 10, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball...  more