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The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today 

Ranker NBA
Updated February 5, 2020 11k votes 855 voters 3.8k views 82 items

List Rules Vote up the players you just can't seem to hate.

The most likable NBA players can be anybody from tremendous superstars to beloved role players. Fans and peers often make their opinions known about players in the league. While some talents like LeBron James and Joel Embiid have polarizing reputations, they are also beloved by their fan bases and in the communities they help.

Meanwhile, there are quite a few cult favorites who fly under the radar. Veterans like Pau Gasol and Vince Carter are past their primes, but they still have that likable nature. All teams have their own most liked NBA players that lead to their fan base making them popular. 

So choose the players here you consider to be good folks who are worth rooting for. It's up to you to decide what makes these players the nicest or most likable and who deserves to move to the top of the list. Vote below, and feel free to add any players who don't appear but you think belong here.

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Number: 11

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
2
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Small forward, Point forward from Athens, Greece

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

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 ...more
3
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 31

Number: 1

Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more
4
Tacko Fall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Tacko Fall

Teams: Boston Celtics

Number: 99

Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall (born December 10, 1995) is a Senegalese professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fall was born and ...more
5
Boban Marjanović is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Center from Zaječar, Serbia

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Age: 31

Number: 51

Boban Marjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бобан Марјановић; born August 15, 1988) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more
6
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Shooting guard, Small forward from Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Age: 42

Number: 25

Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more
7
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard from Oakland, California

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 29

Number: 0

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
8
Pascal Siakam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Number: 13

Pascal Siakam (born April 2, 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the New ...more
9
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

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
10
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Donovan Mitchell

Teams: Utah Jazz

Number: 45

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 ...more
11
Ja Morant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard from Dalzell, South Carolina, USA

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Number: 12

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 ...more
12
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Shooting guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 27

Number: 4

Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Oladipo was drafted with ...more
13
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Center from Sombor, Serbia

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Age: 24

Number: 15

Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more
14
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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 ...more
15
Kawhi Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Shooting guard, Small forward from Riverside, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 28

Number: 2

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 ...more
16
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Center from Rotorua, New Zealand

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 12

Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one season with ...more
17
Zion Williamson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Number: 1

Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Listed at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) ...more
18
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

Teams: Sacramento Kings

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 ...more
19
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 11

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 ...more
20
Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Trae Young

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Number: 11

Rayford Trae Young (born September 19, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more
21
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard, Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 33

Number: 3

Louis Williams may refer to: Louis Williams (American football) (born 1979), American football player Louis Williams (sailor) (1845–1886), American sailor Louis Williams (architect) (1890–1980), ...more
22
Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

Teams: Toronto Raptor

Number: 23

Fredderick Edmund VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In college, he has ...more
23
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Shooting guard from Whitmire, South Carolina

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Age: 28

Number: 1

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 ...more
24
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Point guard from Tacoma, Washington

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 30

Number: 22

Isaiah Jamar Thomas (born February 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) ...more
25
Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today
Small forward from Houston, Texas

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 30

Number: 21

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 ...more