Basketball Players

A sports person skilled at the game of basketball and one who plays the sport as an amateur or a professional is called a basketball player. Basketball is a game played between two teams of five players each on a rectangular court. The players attempt to throw a ball through an elevated basket mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. Players move the ball by dribbling or throwing the ball while walking or running. Basketball is a very widely watched and played sport throughout the world, and is especially prominent in countries like the U.S., Canada, Argentine, Greece and Italy. The idea for an indoor game involving throwing a ball into a basket was hit upon by a physical education instructor Dr. James Naismith in the late 19th century. Within decades the game became very popular and competitive tournaments were being held in several countries. Body size measurements like height and hand span are very important for a basketball player. This is a physically demanding sport and therefore fitness, agility and endurance levels of the players matter significantly. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous basketball players from all over the world.

1Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 17 February 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

2LeBron James

LeBron James
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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthday: 30 December 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A basketball prodigy, Lebron James began playing since his school days and was later selected by Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA draft. His career progressed at a rapid rate and he is considered to be one of the greatest players in NBA history. During his stint with Miami Heat, he helped them win two NBA Championships. Currently, he plays for Los Angeles Lakers 

3Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 23 August 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 26 January 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.

4Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 13 May 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

5Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 25 September 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

6Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 06 December 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Greek

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.

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7Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 14 September 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Though his childhood was rough, Jimmy Butler III’s talent as a basketball player eventually led to his selection by the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 draft. He played six seasons with the Bulls and became the first player in its history to bag the NBA Most Improved Player award. He played for Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers before joining Miami Heat.

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8Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 20 May 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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9Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 14 March 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

10Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 29 June 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

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11Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
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Famous As: Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Birthday: 17 September 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Phil Jackson is a former professional basketball player who played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association and won the NBA championships in 1970 and 1973 when he was with New York Knicks. Later, he coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and led them both to numerous championships and league titles and is considered one of the greatest basketball coaches ever.

12Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthday: 16 April 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

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13Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 11 March 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

14Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 15 July 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

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15Steve Nash

Steve Nash
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 07 February 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Canadian

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.

16Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 13 October 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Doc Rivers is a former American basketball player, who in his thirteen seasons played primarily for Atlanta Hawks and was known for his defence. After retirement, he picked up coaching responsibilities for Orlando Magic and in his first year was awarded NBA Coach of the Year. Later, he led Boston Celtics to NBA championship. He is currently the coach of Philadelphia 76ers.

17Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthday: 01 November 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent, created history when in 2008 he became the head basketball coach of Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association, making him the first Asian-American head coach of the four major North American sports leagues. When Miami Heat won in 2012, he became the first Asian-American head coach to win a NBA championship.

18Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 08 December 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

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19Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 29 September 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

20Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 20 February 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

21Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 07 June 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

22Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 27 September 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Lebanese, American

Professional basketball coach and former player, Steve Kerr, is currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He has won five NBA titles as a player and three as a head coach. He has been immensely successful as a coach, helping his team break the record for the most wins in an NBA season.

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23Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 03 March 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

24Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade
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Famous As: NBA Basketball Star
Birthday: 17 January 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

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25Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony
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Birthday: 29 May 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

A star basketball player currently with Portland Trail Blazers, Carmelo Anthony was first drafted by Denver Nuggets and played eight seasons with them. Amongst the most prolific scorer in NBA history, he played another seven season with New York Knicks. At the Olympics, Anthony was part of the teams that won bronze medal in 2004 and gold-medal in 2008, 2012, and 2016.

26Master P

Master P
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthday: 29 April 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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27Larry Bird

Larry Bird
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Famous As: Former Basketball Star
Birthday: 07 December 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Considered one of the greatest basketball players ever, Larry Bird was part of the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics. A Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Bird helped his team Boston Celtics win three NBA championships. In 2018, MSN Sports named him the greatest Boston Celtics player ever.

28James Harden

James Harden
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 26 August 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

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29Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 21 August 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 12 October 1999
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Wilt Chamberlain created numerous records and won two championships during his fourteen years career. The legendary player, first drafted by Philadelphia Warriors, later played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. After retirement, he ventured into business, played volleyball, appeared in commercials and movie and even published his autobiography.

30Chris Paul

Chris Paul
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 06 May 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

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31Manute Bol

Manute Bol
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 16 October 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Sudanese, American
Died: 19 June 2010

32Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 22 February 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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33Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 12 November 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

34Devin Booker

Devin Booker
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 30 October 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

35Paul George

Paul George
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 02 May 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

36Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol
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Famous As: Basketball Player, Actor
Birthday: 06 July 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Spanish

37Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 25 March 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

38Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 23 March 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

39Pat Riley

Pat Riley
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Coach
Birthday: 20 March 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

40Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
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Famous As: Strongman
Birthday: 26 November 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Icelander

41Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 28 January 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

42Yao Ming

Yao Ming
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 12 September 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese, American

43Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthday: 19 May 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

44Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthday: 23 March 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

45Karl Malone

Karl Malone
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Actor
Birthday: 24 July 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

46Bill Russell

Bill Russell
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Famous As: American basketball player
Birthday: 12 February 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

47J. R. Smith

J. R. Smith
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 09 September 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

48J. R. Smith

J. R. Smith
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 09 September 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

49Vince Carter

Vince Carter
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthday: 26 January 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

50Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthday: 20 February 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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