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 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.

 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: Washington, D.C., 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 11 Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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.

 12 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.

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 13 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.

 14 Larry Bird

Larry Bird
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Famous As: Former Basketball Star
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Baden Springs, Indiana, United States

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.

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 15 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.

 16 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.

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 17 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.

 18 Vince Carter

Vince Carter
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States

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.

 19 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.

 20 Bill Russell

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

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.

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 21 Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan
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Birthdate: April 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Christiansted, Saint Croix

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.

 22 Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mauldin
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.

 23 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.

 24 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.

 25 Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Würzburg, 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.

 26 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.

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 27 Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lagos

Hakeem Olajuwon is a former basketball player. Nicknamed The Dream, because of his dream-like ability to dunk effortlessly, Olajuwon is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketballers of all time. Apart from leading the Houston Rockets to two back-to-back NBA championships, Hakeem Olajuwon also helped the US national team win the Olympic gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

 28 Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Consultant
Birthdate: April 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
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 29 Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Four-time All-Star NBA power-forward/center Pau Gasol left medical school to join FC Barcelona. He won two NBA championships with the LA Lakers. The Spanish footballer and the 2002 NBA Rookie of the Year is an all-time EuroBasket top-scorer, reads historical novels, is a polyglot, and loves concerts and operas. 

 30 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.

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 31 Ray Allen

Ray Allen
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States

 32 Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: August 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston
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 33 Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: March 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco

 34 Jerry West

Jerry West
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, United States

Basketball player Jerry West, also known as Mr. Clutch, for his ability to snatch games in clutch situations, is known for his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He was part of the US squads that won an Olympic gold in 1960 and a Pan American Games gold in 1959.

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 35 Tony Parker

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

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.

 36 Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
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Famous As: NBA small forward
Birthdate: October 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland

Former Boston Celtics basketball player Paul Pierce led his team to two NBA Finals and won one NBA championship. He later also played for teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers. The 10-time NBA All-Star was also named the NBA Finals MVP in 2008. Shaquille O'Neal named him “The Truth.”

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 37 Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States

 38 Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady
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Famous As: Basketball player, Baseball player
Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auburndale

 39 Julius Erving

Julius Erving
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York, United States

 40 Manu Ginóbili

Manu Ginóbili
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina
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.

 41 Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Died: January 5, 1988
Pete Maravich, or Pistol Pete, played for three NBA teams till injuries ended his career. He initially played under his father, head coach Press Maravich, for the LSU Tigers. He also became the NCAA Division I top scorer of all time, with 3,667 points and 44.2 points per game.

 42 John Stockton

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

 43 Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 44 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.

 45 Clyde Drexler

Clyde Drexler
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 46 Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte

 47 Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: April 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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.

 48 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.

 49 Alonzo Mourning

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

 50 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.

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