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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

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    #30 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans#47 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 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

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    #11 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#41 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • Dwyane Wade
    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional...  more

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    #37 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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

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    #8 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#3 of 21 The Best NBA Players Who Rap, Ranked

  • Carmelo Anthony
    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    #57 of 74 The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017#33 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team

  • Bill Walton
    William Theodore Walton III (born November 5, 1952) is an American retired basketball player...  more

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    #59 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#16 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

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

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    #13 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#8 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

  • Anthony Davis
    Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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    #1 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#11 of 55 The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

  • 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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    #53 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#12 of 27 Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

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

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    #139 of 222 The Best Utah Jazz of All Time#5 of 205 College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay

  • Becky Hammon
    Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San...  more
  • Candace Parker
    Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who...  more

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    #3 of 48 The Top WNBA Players of All Time#572 of 670 Rank the Sexiest Current Female Athletes

  • Alonzo Mourning
    Alonzo Harding Mourning Jr. (born February 8, 1970) is an American former professional...  more

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    #3 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time#6 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

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

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    #5 of 27 The Greatest Gay Icons in Sports#180 of 196 The Best NBA Players from California

  • Dražen Petrović
    Dražen Petrović (pronounced [drǎʒen pětroʋitɕ]; 22 October 1964 – 7 June 1993) was a Croatian...  more

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    #236 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#1 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Isiah Thomas
    Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played...  more

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    #1 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time#44 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Dirk Nowitzki
    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is...  more

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    #88 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#44 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Jalen Rose
    Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    #3 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#33 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • Andre Drummond
    Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    #45 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#47 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

  • Cheryl Miller
    Cheryl D. Miller (born January 3, 1964) is the women's basketball coach at Cal State LA and a...  more

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  • Amar'e Stoudemire
    Amar'e Carsares Stoudemire (Hebrew: אמארה סטודמאייר‎; ; born November 16, 1982) is an ...  more

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    #41 of 71 The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time#21 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame