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.

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 1 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 2 Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 14, 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.

 3 Kevin Durant

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 29, 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.

 4 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 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.

 5 Kawhi Leonard

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 29, 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.

 6 Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 6, 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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 7 Shaquille O’ Neal

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

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 8 Dwyane Wade

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Famous As: NBA Basketball Star
Birthdate: January 17, 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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 9 Dennis Rodman

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 13, 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.

 10 Magic Johnson

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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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 11 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Famous As: Basketball Player, Basketball Coach
Birthdate: April 16, 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.

 12 Scottie Pippen

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 25, 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.

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 13 James Harden

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 26, 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.

 14 Allen Iverson

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 7, 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.

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 15 Wilt Chamberlain

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 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.

 16 Carmelo Anthony

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Birthdate: May 29, 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.

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 17 Russell Westbrook

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Zion Williamson

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 6, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

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 19 Larry Bird

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Famous As: Former Basketball Star
Birthdate: December 7, 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.

 20 Kevin Garnett

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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Former NBA power forward/center Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of high school. After a 12-year term with the Timberwolves, he joined the Boston Celtics. His accolades include the MVP, the Defensive Player of the Year award, and 15 All-Star games. He also starred in Uncut Gems.
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 21 Chris Paul

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 6, 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.

 22 LiAngelo Ball

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
LiAngelo Robert Ball, son of former football player LaVar Ball, was a three-star recruit and played for UCLA, before being suspended for shoplifting at a mall in China. He later played for Prienai and in the JBA League, which was established by LaVar. He is now a free agent.

 23 Steve Nash

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 7, 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.

 24 Lonzo Ball

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.
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 25 Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 27, 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.

 26 Lamar Odom

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Lamar Odom is an American basketball player who helped Los Angeles Lakers win two NBA championships. He also played an important role in helping the US national team win a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Lamar Odom is also a music enthusiast and owns a film and music production company called Rich Soil Entertainment

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 27 Charles Barkley

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 20, 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.

 28 Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

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 29 Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: October 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 30 Vince Carter

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the greatest dunker ever in basketball history, Vince Carter is an American former basketball player. His leaping ability during his playing career often entertained crowds, earning him nicknames like Half Man, Half Amazing and Vinsanity. Also a philanthropist, Carter set up the Embassy of Hope Foundation, which helps children in places like New Jersey, Florida, and Ontario.

 31 Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson
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Famous As: Former Basketball Player, Executive & Coach
Birthdate: September 17, 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.

 32 Dwight Howard

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 8, 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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 33 Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian
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.

 34 Seth Curry

Seth Curry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard/point guard Seth Curry, son of Dell Curry and brother of Stephen Curry, began his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies. He is a two-time NBA D-League All-Star and has had successful runs with the Liberty Flames and the Duke Blue Devils in college.
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 35 Yao Ming

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

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.

 36 Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan
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Birthdate: April 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Tim Duncan is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA and the best power forward of all time. A five-time NBA champion, Duncan also helped his national team win Olympic bronze medal in 2004. Also a humanitarian, Duncan established the Tim Duncan Foundation to fund youth sports programs and education.

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 37 Jeremy Lin

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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."

 38 Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 11, 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.

 39 Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 40 Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
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.

 41 Tristan Thompson

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian
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.

 42 Bill Russell

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

Bill Russell is a former professional basketball player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, Russell led the US national basketball team to victory and helped his team win Olympic gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Also known for his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, Russell was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

 43 Damian Lillard

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 15, 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.

 44 Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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. 

 45 Karl Malone

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

 46 Manute Bol

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

 47 Draymond Green

Draymond Jamal Green Sr.
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Famous As: Basketball Star
Birthdate: March 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Professional basketball player Draymond Green currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays primarily at the power forward position. A three-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA All-Star, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. He identifies himself as a Christian and follows a modest lifestyle.

 48 Kyle Kuzma

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 24, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 49 DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 50 Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Consultant
Birthdate: April 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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