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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.

The list you're viewing contains people like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

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 (born May 13, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas ...more

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more

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#10 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #26 of 113 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on Inside the NBA. Nicknamed Chuck, Sir Charles, Street Beef, and ...more

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22 Times Charles Barkley Made Everyone LOL #2,054 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings

Chuck Connors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Kevin Joseph Aloysius "Chuck" Connors (April 10, 1921 – November 10, 1992) was an American actor, writer, and professional basketball and baseball player. He is one of only 13 athletes ...more

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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time All-Star, ...more

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the ...more

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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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 who is currently a free agent but last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton played for John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, ...more

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball ...more

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#36 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #14 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #125 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
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 ...more

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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 Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional basketball player. He served three terms as a Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran ...more

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John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist, consultant and former professional basketball player. He played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn ...more

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Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a retired professional basketball ...more

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#49 of 71 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches #12 of 48 The Top WNBA Players of All Time

Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was the ...more

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#143 of 229 The Best Female Athletes of All Time #675 of 677 Rank the Sexiest Current Female Athletes #1 of 23 The Best Current WNBA Players

Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. (born February 8, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player. Mourning played most of his 15-year National Basketball Association (NBA) career for the ...more

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Jason Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jason Paul Collins (born December 2, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A center, Collins played ...more

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Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he initially achieved success playing professional ...more

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, ...more

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#1,119 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #26 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #7 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK ...more

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#86 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History

Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player, current sports analyst for ESPN, and cofounder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. In college, ...more

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was one of the top rated ...more

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Cheryl Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Cheryl D. Miller (born January 3, 1964) is the women's basketball coach at Cal State LA and a former college basketball player and sportscaster for TNT. She was formerly a sideline reporter for ...more

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Amar'e Stoudemire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Basketball Players
Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר‎; ; born November 16, 1982) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player who last played for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier ...more

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