Ever since Dr. James Naismith first invented the game of basketball in America way back in 1891, it has been the nation's most loved sport. Thanks to the emergence of National Basketball Association (NBA), the basketball fever has spread length and breadth. From spectacular dunks and remarkable alley-oops to sweeping three-pointers, basketball is one sport that has successfully managed to keep the spectators on the edge of their seats always. No wonder why die-hard fans (and fanatics) cannot get enough of the game and its players. Talking about basketball players, of the thousands of players who have ever been a part of this sport, some of them have been really, really unforgettable. Some were skillful, others champions. But of all the men who have chased the ball down the court, only some of them have gone to become legends. Go through the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts of the all-time American basketball greats and learn all about their talents, intangibles, and accomplishments in the biographies here.
Stephen CurryStephen Curry
14 March 1988
Basketball Player
Kawhi LeonardKawhi Leonard
29 June 1991
Basketball Player

LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984
NBA Star

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963
Basketball player

Dwyane WadeDwyane Wade
17 January 1982
NBA Basketball Star

Seth CurrySeth Curry
23 August 1990
Basketball Player
Kevin DurantKevin Durant
29 September 1988
Basketball Player

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978
Basketball player

Charles BarkleyCharles Barkley
20 February 1963
Basketball Player

James HardenJames Harden
26 August 1989
Basketball Player
Dell CurryDell Curry
25 June 1964
Former NBA Star

Damian LillardDamian Lillard
15 July 1990
Basketball Player
Kareem Abdul-JabbarKareem Abdul-Jabbar
16 April 1947
Basketball Player, Basketball Coach

Kyrie IrvingKyrie Irving
23 March 1992
Basketball Player

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook
12 November 1988
American Basketball Player
Klay ThompsonKlay Thompson
08 February 1990
Basketball Player

Wilt ChamberlainWilt Chamberlain
21 August 1936
Basketball Player
Larry BirdLarry Bird
07 December 1956
Former Basketball Star

Kyle LowryKyle Lowry
25 March 1986
Basketball Player

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony
29 May 1984
 
Vince CarterVince Carter
26 January 1977
Basketball Player

Allen IversonAllen Iverson
07 June 1975
NBA Star
Jeremy LinJeremy Lin
23 August 1988
Basketball Player

Steve KerrSteve Kerr
27 September 1965
Basketball Player

Jimmy ButlerJimmy Butler
14 September 1989
Basketball Player

Dennis RodmanDennis Rodman
13 May 1961
Basketball Player
Chris PaulChris Paul
06 May 1985
Basketball Player
Derrick RoseDerrick Rose
04 October 1988
Basketball Player

Draymond Jamal Green Sr.Draymond Green
04 March 1990
Basketball Star

Scottie PippenScottie Pippen
25 September 1965
Basketball Player

Blake GriffinBlake Griffin
16 March 1989
Basketball player
Chris BoshChris Bosh
24 March 1984
Basketball Player

Lamar OdomLamar Odom
06 November 1979
Basketball Player

Tim DuncanTim Duncan
25 April 1976
 

Hakeem OlajuwonHakeem Olajuwon
21 January 1963
Basketball Player

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Gregg PopovichGregg Popovich
28 January 1949
Basketball Coach
LaMelo BallLaMelo Ball
22 August 2001
Basketball Player

Phil JacksonPhil Jackson
17 September 1945
Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934
American basketball player

Paul GeorgePaul George
02 May 1990
Basketball Player

Paul PiercePaul Pierce
13 October 1977
NBA small forward
Lonzo BallLonzo Ball
27 October 1997
Basketball Player

Dwight HowardDwight Howard
08 December 1985
Basketball Player
Anthony DavisAnthony Davis
11 March 1993
Basketball Player

DeMar DeRozanDeMar DeRozan
07 August 1989
Basketball Player

Pete MaravichPete Maravich
22 June 1947
Basketball Player

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett
19 May 1976
NBA Star

Chuck ConnorsChuck Connors
10 April 1921
Actor
Devin BookerDevin Booker
30 October 1996
Basketball Player

LiAngelo BallLiAngelo Ball
24 November 1998
Basketball Player

Julian NewmanJulian Newman
06 September 2001
Basketball Player

J. R. SmithJ. R. Smith
09 September 1985
Basketball Player
Iman ShumpertIman Shumpert
26 June 1990
Basketball Player

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo
22 February 1986
Basketball player
Victor OladipoVictor Oladipo
04 May 1992
Basketball Player

Richard JeffersonRichard Jefferson
21 June 1980
 

Joakim NoahJoakim Noah
25 February 1985
Basketball Player
Romeo MillerRomeo Miller
19 August 1989
Rapper, Model, Actor

Zach LaVineZach LaVine
10 March 1995
Basketball Player
Andre DrummondAndre Drummond
10 August 1993
Basketball Player

Zach RandolphZach Randolph
16 July 1981
Basketball Player

Robert ParishRobert Parish
30 August 1953
Basketball Player
Ime UdokaIme Udoka
09 August 1977
American-Nigerian Basketball Player

Chandler ParsonsChandler Parsons
25 October 1988
Basketball Player
Babe Didrikson ZahariasBabe Didrikson Zaharias
26 June 1911
American athlete

Michael OlowokandiMichael Olowokandi
03 April 1975
Basketball Player

Cuttino MobleyCuttino Mobley
01 September 1975
Basketball Player

Christy MathewsonChristy Mathewson
12 August 1880
Baseball player
Shaquille O’ NealShaquille O’ Neal
06 March 1972
Basketball player
Nick YoungNick Young
01 June 1985
Basketball player

Isaiah ThomasIsaiah Thomas
07 February 1989
Basketball Player

Wesley JohnsonWesley Johnson
11 July 1987
Basketball Player

William Theodore Walton IIIWilliam Theodore Walton III
05 November 1952
American basketball player
Fran BelibiFran Belibi
20 July 2001
Basketball Player

Tina BallTina Ball
11 December 1967
Basketball Player

Mike KrzyzewskiMike Krzyzewski
13 February 1947
Basketball player, Basketball coach

Brook LopezBrook Lopez
01 April 1988
Basketball player

Luke WaltonLuke Walton
28 March 1980
Basketball player, Basketball coach
Andre IguodalaAndre Iguodala
28 January 1984
Basketball player

Jason KiddJason Kidd
23 March 1973
Basketball player, Basketball coach
Jerry WestJerry West
28 May 1938
Basketball player, Basketball coach

Chris WebberChris Webber
01 March 1973
Basketball player, Businessperson

DeMarcus CousinsDeMarcus Cousins
13 August 1990
Basketball player
Karl MaloneKarl Malone
24 July 1963
Basketball player, Basketball coach, Actor

Jimmer FredetteJimmer Fredette
25 February 1989
Basketball player
Ray AllenRay Allen
20 July 1975
Basketball player, Actor

Patrick EwingPatrick Ewing
05 August 1962
Basketball player, Basketball coach

Jalen RoseJalen Rose
30 January 1973
Basketball player, Actor

Bob KnightBob Knight
25 October 1940
Basketball coach, Basketball player
Grant HillGrant Hill
05 October 1972
Art collector, Basketball player

Tracy McGradyTracy McGrady
24 May 1979
Basketball player, Baseball player
Reggie MillerReggie Miller
24 August 1965
Basketball player, Pundit, Actor

Bill WaltonBill Walton
05 November 1952
Basketball player

Isiah ThomasIsiah Thomas
30 April 1961
Basketball player, Basketball coach, Consultant

Metta World PeaceMetta World Peace
13 November 1979
Basketball player, Rapper, Actor
Greg OdenGreg Oden
22 January 1988
Basketball player