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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.

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. {#nodes}
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  • Dennis Rodman
    Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American retired professional basketball player...  more

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  • Magic Johnson
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional...  more
  • Charles Barkley
    Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    22 Times Charles Barkley Made Everyone LOL#2 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • Chuck Connors
    Kevin Joseph Aloysius "Chuck" Connors (April 10, 1921 – November 10, 1992) was an American...  more

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  • Dwight Howard
    Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Dwyane Wade
    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional...  more

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  • Allen Iverson
    Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former...  more

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  • Carmelo Anthony
    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is...  more
  • Bill Walton
    William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player...  more

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    #56 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#28 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Jason Kidd
    Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and...  more

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  • Anthony Davis
    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Antonija Mišura
    Antonija Mišura is a Croatian professional basketball player. She plays for Toulouse Métropole...  more
  • Bill Bradley
    William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional...  more

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  • John Amaechi
    John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist,...  more

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  • Becky Hammon
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  • Candace Parker
    Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who...  more
  • Alonzo Mourning
    Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. (born February 8, 1970) is an American former professional...  more

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  • Jason Collins
    Jason Paul Collins (born December 2, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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  • Dražen Petrović
    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian...  more
  • Isiah Thomas
    Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played...  more
  • Dirk Nowitzki
    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is...  more
  • Jalen Rose
    Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American former professional basketball...  more
  • Andre Drummond
    Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Cheryl Miller
    Cheryl D. Miller (born January 3, 1964) is the women's basketball coach at Cal State LA and a...  more
  • Amar'e Stoudemire
    Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר‎; ; born November 16, 1982) is an ...  more