Famous 21st Century Basketball Players

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 1 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan.
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

A superstar, a legend and the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is all this and much more. Very few athletes can match up with his level of popularity and impact. And if that is not enough, he is also the richest former professional athlete in the world.

 2 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 26, 2020

The former professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, was drafted into NBA immediately after his school and went on to become one of the most successful basketball players of his generation. During his career of two decades, the Los Angeles Lakers player created numerous new records. He authored a book and one of his poems even inspired an animated short film.

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 3 Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

American professional basketball player, Stephen Curry, plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and is considered to be one of the greatest shooter in NBA history. His three-point shot is said to have revolutionised the basketball game. He has many records to his credit and his team has won couple of NBA championships.

 4 Shaquille O’ Neal

Shaquille O’ Neal.
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Famous As: Former Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Shaquille O'Neal is an American former basketball player who currently works as a sports analyst. Considered one of the greatest basketballers ever, O'Neal was also one of the heaviest and tallest players of all time. One of the most important players in the history of LA Lakers, O'Neal helped the team win three consecutive NBA championships between 2000 and 2002.

 5 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suitland, Suitland-Silver Hill, Maryland, United States

Kevin Durant is regarded as one of the best basketball players of his generation. He is known for his phenomenal scoring ability and is hailed as an excellent playmaker. He currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was part of the US men’s national team which won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016.

 6 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a professional basketball player and plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. He’s called ‘Greek Freak’ as he hails from Greece and also due to his size, speed and ball-handling skills. He was named NBA’s Most Valuable Player twice and NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. He represents Greece at the international level.

 7 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson.
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States

Magic Johnson, the now retired American basketball player was one of the most powerful players of the 1980s and led NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers to five championships during his thirteen years career. His real name is Earvin Johnson and he earned his nickname Magic during his high school days. He retired after testing positive for HIV and currently heads Magic Johnson Enterprises.

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 8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
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Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary NBA champion and its all-time leading scorer. Known for his trademark skyhook shot, he achieved remarkable feats during his career. Later, he pursued a successful writing and acting career and was even selected U.S. global cultural ambassador. The NBA star is also the proud recipient of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 9 Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A four-time All-Star and six-time All-Defensive Team member, Kawhi Leonard has helped two teams win NBA championships while earning the Finals Most Valuable Player award on both THE occasions. In 2015 and 2016, he was named Defensive Player of the Year. Nicknamed the Claw for his amazing ball-hawking skills, Leonard is known for his quiet demeanor off-court.

 10 Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade.
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Famous As: NBA Basketball Star
Birthdate: January 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

With an Olympic gold medal and three NBA championships, Dwyane Wade is one of the most decorated former American basketball players of the 21st century. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dwyane Wade founded The Wade's World Foundation in 2003; the foundation helps community-based organizations promote education and social skills for children. He also supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 11 Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States

Former professional basketball player, Allen Iverson, is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential basketball players of all time. He retired after playing 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for various teams. At the time of his retirement, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star. A popular star, he has made a few cameo appearances in films.

 12 Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

Russell Westbrook is a professional basketball player. A nine-time NBA All-Star, Russell is only one of two players in the history of the NBA to average a triple-double for an entire season. An eight-time All-NBA Team member, Russell is one of the most athletic NBA players of all time. He also frequently appears in commercials for brands like Air Jordan.

 13 James Harden

James Harden.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bellflower, California

James Harden is a basketball player, widely regarded as the best shooting guard in the history of the NBA. His prolific ability to score from difficult situations and positions has helped his team win many games. He was part of the United States national team that won the gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

 14 Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Arkansas, United States

Former professional basketball player, Scottie Pippen, is best known for his stint with the Chicago Bulls with who he won six NBA championships. Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, he played a key role in transforming the Bulls into one of the most formidable forces in NBA in the 1990s.

 15 Chris Paul

Chris Paul.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

Chris Paul is a professional basketball player and one of the highest-paid sportspersons in the world. Apart from earning from his career as a basketball player, he also earns by signing endorsement deals with companies like State Farm and Air Jordan. A religious person, Chris Paul attends church whenever possible.

 16 Steve Nash

Steve Nash.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Canadian national Steve Nash is a basketball coach and a former player. Known for his playmaking skills, he played for Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers in America’s coveted National Basketball Association. He also played for the Canadian national men’s team from 1991 to 2003. He became the head coach of Brooklyn Nets of NBA in September 2020.

 17 Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Würzburg, West Germany
The 7-foot-tall former Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki led his team to 15 NBA play-offs, including their only NBA championship, in 2011. He is the only player to continue with a single NBA team for 21 seasons and first European-born to be the NBA Finals MVP.

 18 Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States

Former professional basketball player, Dennis Rodman came to prominence in the 1980s as a power forward known for his defensive and rebounding abilities. Hailed as "arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history," he earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times. He has a media presence as well and has appeared in many TV shows.

 19 Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland, California

Stunning his fans with his precise shooting abilities, 33 points per game average and five NBA All-Star selections, Damian Lillard has only kept rising in his career as a professional basketball player. In addition to playing for Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA, Lillard is devoted to music and has been creating life-inspired songs under his rap persona, Dame D.O.L.L.A.

 20 Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

American professional basketball player, Anthony Davis plays, for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers. He is the youngest player to score at least 59 points in a NBA game. He was a member of the US men’s national basketball team which participated in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The team was undefeated in London and won the gold medal.

 21 Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama

American professional basketball player Charles Barkley was a prolific scorer and played for Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rocket teams of the National Basketball Association. He was part of the US men’s team that won the gold medal in 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He was also controversial and was known for his confrontational attitude and physical aggression.

 22 Tony Parker

Tony Parker.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bruges

Tony Parker is a French-American former basketball player. During his playing career, he helped the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA win four NBA championships. He currently plays a major role in France's professional basketball league 'LNB Pro A' where he owns one of the league's team, ASVEL Basket. Also a philanthropist, Parker serves as the ambassador for Make-A-Wish France.

 23 Manu Ginóbili

Manu Ginóbili.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca
Argentine-Italian former basketball player Manu Ginóbili became one of two players in history to have won the EuroLeague title, the NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. The four-time NBA champion has had a 23-season stint with the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. He is also an Italian League champion.

 24 John Stockton

John Stockton
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States

 25 Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California
After earning multiple Player of the Year awards in high school, point guard Lonzo Ball also broke the UCLA Bruins record for the most assists in a season. He was the top U.S. freshman, and was eventually drafted by the L.A. Lakers and then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

 26 Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Isaiah Thomas, also known as “The Pizza Boy,” plays for the Washington Wizards. He has previously played for teams such as the Sacramento Kings, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers. He is a two-time NBA All-Star and a two-time First-team All-Pac-10, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team.

 27 Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne
Ben Simmons, son of Australian basketball player Dave Simmons, initially played for LSU and was then drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben was named the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year and the NBA All-Star in 2019 and 2020. He has also played for the Australian national team.

 28 Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has won three NBA championships with the team. The five-time NBA All-Star is the son of former basketball player Mychal Thompson. He and Stephen Curry were known as “the Splash Brothers” for setting an NBA record of combined three-pointers, in 2014.

 29 Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina, United States

Zion Williamson is an American basketball player who plays in the power forward position for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. Also a humanitarian, Zion Williamson promised to pay for the salaries of the Smoothie King Center employees for 30 days as the 2019–20 NBA season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 30 Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Derrick Rose is a basketball player who became the youngest player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award; he received it at the age 22. Despite struggling with knee injuries throughout his career, Rose has managed to stay focused and is currently playing for the Detroit Pistons. In 2018, he came up with a scholarship program called The Rose Scholars to help students.

 31 Yao Ming

Yao Ming.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Widely regarded as one of the greatest Chinese basketball players ever, Yao Ming represented the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Known as the Ming Dynasty in the US, Ming's popularity and success in the NBA made him a symbol of China. One of China's most popular sportsmen, Ming is also credited with introducing the Chinese Basketball Association to the world.

 32 Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

American professional basketball player, Dwight Howard, is known for his athleticism and his powerful physique. He is in the Los Angeles Lakers team of the National Basketball Association. He has also played for NBA’s Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards. He was part of the US men’s national basketball team which won the 2008 Olympics gold medal.

 33 Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torrance, California

Taiwanese-American professional basketball player Jeremy Lin is famous for being the first Asian American to win an NBA championship. He has played for numerous teams in his career, the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) being the latest. He loves music and has collaborated with the rapper MC Jin on the single "The First Opponent."

 34 Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin.
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oklahoma City
Six-time NBA All-Star Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin began his career playing for the Oklahoma Sooners, becoming the Consensus National Player of the Year. He was then drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers and won the Rookie of the Year award and the Slam Dunk Contest in 2011. 

 35 Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

 36 Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 37 Devin Booker

Devin Booker.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 30, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Michigan
Devin Armani Booker is a star basketball player of the NBA team Phoenix Suns. His achievements include playing in the McDonald's All-American Game, representing the University of Kentucky, and becoming the youngest NBA player to score 50 points in consecutive games. In 2020, Devin made it to the NBA All-Star.

 38 William Theodore Walton III

William Theodore Walton III.
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Famous As: American basketball player
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Mesa, California

William Theodore Walton III, popularly known as Bill Walton, is a former basketball player. In 1977, he helped the Portland Trail Blazers win an NBA championship and won another NBA championship in 1986 while playing for the Boston Celtics. In 1993, Walton was made an inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

 39 Paul George

Paul George.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palmdale, California

A six-time NBA All-Star, Paul George has been an important player in the NBA for the last decade or so. Apart from making his presence felt in the NBA, Paul George also played a key role in helping the United States men's national basketball team win Olympic gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 40 Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yaounde

The seven-foot-tall Cameroonian basketball player has been part of the Philadelphia team since his NBA debut in 2016-17. Joel Embiid who plays in the power forward position has the honor of being chosen to the All-Star team three times. 

 41 Kyle Kuzma

Kyle Kuzma.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Kyle Kuzma began his career with the Utah Utes and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team. He was later drafted by the Brooklyn Nets but traded to the LA Lakers. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, and in 2020, he scored his first NBA championship win.

 42 Luka Dončić

Luka Dončić
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

 43 Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 44 Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 45 Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto
Boston Celtics center/power forward Tristan Thompson, known for his rebounding skills, was initially drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and won the 2016 NBA Championship with them. He has also played for Canada’s national basketball team. Thompson has been in the news for his relationship and messy break-up with Khloé Kardashian.

 46 Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liepāja

Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian basketball player who currently plays professional basketball at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he represents the Dallas Mavericks. Standing at 7’3, Porziņģis is one of the tallest players active in the NBA. Also an important player for his Latvian national team, Kristaps Porzingis won the Latvian Rising Star of the Year award in 2015.

 47 Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

American basketball player Jayson Tatum was one of the best players in his school basketball team and played for the Duke University’s team, Duke Blue Devils, before being drafted by Boston Celtics of the NBA in 2017. Jayson Tatum is fast becoming one of Celtic’s most impactful player and also has the potential to become an NBA superstar.

 48 Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy Bogues
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Muggsy Bogues is a former basketball player. Standing at 5 feet 3 inches tall, Bogues is the shortest player in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). When his 14-season NBA career came to an end, Bogues served as the head coach for Charlotte Sting, which participated in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2007. 

 49 James Worthy

James Worthy
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina, USA

 50 Manute Bol

Manute Bol
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gogrial, Sudan
Died: June 19, 2010