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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)
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Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Carlos Austin Boozer Jr. (born November 20, 1981) is an American retired professional basketball player. The two-time NBA All-Star played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls ...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 (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...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 (born September 9, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association ...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 Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...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 (born March 16, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...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 Simon Noah (born February 25, 1985) is a professional basketball player who last played for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in New York City to a ...more
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