Sports List of Famous Basketball Players

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List of famous basketball players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top basketball players in the world? This includes the most prominent basketball players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable basketball players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic basketball players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned basketball players.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known basketball players to the lesser known basketball players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the basketball player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous basketball players ever?" and "What are the names of famous basketball players?" then you're in the right place. (1395 items)

Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dennis Keith Rodman is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the ...more

Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. ...more

Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Charles Wade Barkley is a retired American professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. Nicknamed "Chuck", "Sir Charles", and ...more

Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Kevin Joseph "Chuck" Connors was an American actor, writer and professional basketball and baseball player. He is one of only 12 athletes in the history of American professional sports ...more

Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more

Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most ...more

Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played both the point ...more

Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more

Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
William Theodore "Bill" Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton achieved superstardom playing for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins ...more

Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jason Frederick Kidd is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Previously a point guard ...more

Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more

Antonija Mišura is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Antonija Mišura is a Croatian professional basketball player. She plays for Toulouse Métropole Basket in the Ligue Féminine de Basketball and for the Croatia women's national ...more

Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
William Warren "Bill" Bradley is an American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for ...more

John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE is an English retired basketball player who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States. In February 2007, after his retirement ...more

Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Hammon is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association and a retired professional basketball player. Hammon played for the ...more

Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Candace Nicole Parker is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She is the younger sister of former NBA player Anthony ...more

Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player, who played most of his 15-year NBA career for the Miami Heat. Nicknamed "Zo", Mourning played at ...more

Jason Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jason Paul Collins is a retired American professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Stanford University where ...more

Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dražen Petrović was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional basketball in Europe in the 1980s before joining the National ...more

Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Isiah Lord Thomas III is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of ...more

Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the ...more

Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jalen Anthony Rose is a retired American professional basketball player and current sports analyst with ESPN. In college, he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines' "Fab ...more

Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was one of the top rated basketball players in ...more

Cheryl Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Cheryl D. Miller is the women's basketball coach at Cal State LA and a former college basketball player and sportscaster for TNT. She is currently a sideline reporter for NBA games on TNT Sports ...more

Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Stoudemire played high school ...more

Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Carlos Austin Boozer, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. As a member of Team USA, Boozer won ...more

Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Grant Henry Hill is a retired American basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association; the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, ...more

Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, he won the Euroscar Award six times, and ...more

Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Joseph Henry "Jo Jo" White is an American former professional basketball player. As an amateur, he played for the University of Kansas Men's Basketball team and represented the U.S. ...more

Charles Thomas McMillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Charles Thomas "Tom" McMillen is a retired NBA professional basketball player, Rhodes Scholar, and Democratic U.S. Congressman who represented the 4th congressional district of ...more

Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes is an American professional basketball player with the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played two seasons at North Carolina and was ...more

Dwight F. Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dwight Filley Davis was an American tennis player and politician. He is best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition.

J. R. Smith is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Earl Joseph "J. R." Smith III is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. Smith played high ...more

John Harding Lucas II is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
John Harding Lucas II is a retired American professional basketball player and coach.

Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Baron Walter Louis Davis is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He last played for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. A two-time ...more

Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the ...more

Greg Anthony is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Gregory Carlton "Greg" Anthony is an American former National Basketball Association basketball player and was a television analyst for CBS Sports. Anthony also contributes to Yahoo! ...more

Bison Dele is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Bison Dele was an American professional basketball player who played center. He played for the NBA's Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. He ...more

Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Bernard King is a retired American professional basketball player at the small forward position in the NBA. He played 14 seasons with the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New ...more

Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie ...more

John Brisker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
John Brisker was an American professional basketball player from Detroit, Michigan who disappeared in Uganda in April 1978. He was declared legally dead in 1985.

Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Joakim Noah is a film producer.

George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
George "The Iceman" Gervin is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the ...more

Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player who plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She played eleven seasons with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and in 2011 was voted ...more

Joe Crawford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Joseph Reshard "Joe" Crawford II is an American professional basketball shooting guard currently playing for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. He formerly played at the ...more

Jayson Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jayson Williams is an American former professional basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. In 2010, Williams pled ...more

Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Juwan Antonio Howard is an American retired professional basketball player who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Howard formerly ...more

Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, commonly referred to as Dikembe Mutombo, is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the ...more

Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Ben Camey Wallace is a retired American professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the ...more