Famous Black Basketball Players

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 1 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.

 2 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.

 3 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.

 4 Hakeem Olajuwon

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

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.

 5 Ray Allen

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

 6 Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing
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Famous As: Basketball player Center, Head coach
Birthdate: August 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

 7 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
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 8 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.

 9 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

 10 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

 11 Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson
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Famous As: Former Basketball player who played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States

 12 Gary Payton

Gary Payton
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Famous As: Former Basketball player who played the point guard position
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

 13 Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

A six-time NBA All-Star, Kylie Irving has played for the Nets, Celtics, and Cavaliers. He won the gold in the Rio Olympics and the FIBA World Cup, as part of the U.S. national basketball team. He starred in the Pepsi series Uncle Drew and the movie of the same name.

 14 Alonzo Mourning

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

 15 Karl Malone

Karl Malone
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Famous As: Basketball player Power Forward
Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States

 16 Moses Malone

Moses Malone
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died: September 13, 2015

 17 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.

 18 Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yaoundé, Cameroon

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. 

 19 DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins
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Famous As: Basketball player, Center
Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, United States

 20 Dominique Wilkins

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

 21 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

Known for his 7’ 7” frame, Manute Bol made headlines as one of the tallest NBA players ever. Born in Sudan, he was initially a soccer player but quit it because of his height. He later moved to the US to represent basketball teams such as the Golden State Warriors.

 22 Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States

 23 Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson
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Famous As: Former Basketball player at Point guard position
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Nate Robinson is a former professional basketball player who has played in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics,  Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls. He went professional in 2005 and became the NBA's first three-time slam dunk champion in 2010. He retired in 2018. He now runs a restaurant in Rainier Beach.

 24 DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

DeMar DeRozan is an American basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. A four-time NBA All-Star, DeRozan has also been an important member of the United States national team, helping the team win gold medals at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 25 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. 

 26 Tacko Fall

Tacko Fall
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 27 Ja Morant

Ja Morant
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dalzell, South Carolina, United States

 28 Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

Chris Bosh is an American former basketball player who represented The Toronto Raptors and The Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. A key player for the US national team, Bosh helped his nation win a gold medal at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. In 2004, he established the Chris Bosh Foundation to promote education and sports amongst youths.

 29 Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 30 Master P

Master P
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 31 Chris Webber

Chris Webber
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Famous As: Basketball player Power Forward, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 32 Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida

Known as much for his basketball skills, as for his towering 6’10” height, Amar'e Stoudemire has played for major teams such as the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. An Olympic bronze medal winner, he now coaches the NBA team Brooklyn Nets. He also founded the Each One, Teach One foundation.

 33 Greg Oden

Greg Oden
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 34 DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 35 Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gilmer, Texas, United States

Johnny Mathis is an American singer and songwriter. Best known for his contribution to popular music, Mathis has been honored with many awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnny Mathis is also renowned for his philanthropic efforts; he has supported such organizations as the American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 36 Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States

 37 Penny Hardaway

Penny Hardaway
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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: July 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Penny Hardaway is a college basketball coach who is currently serving as the head coach for the Memphis Tigers men's basketball team. A former player, Hardaway played for teams like Miami Heat and New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association where he was a two-time All-NBA First Team member and a four-time NBA All-Star. 

 38 Al Horford

Al Horford
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Famous As: Basketball player Power Forward, Center
Birthdate: June 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

 39 David Robinson

David Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States

 40 Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 41 Len Bias

Len Bias
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Landover, Maryland, USA
Died: June 9, 1986

 42 Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups
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Famous As: Basketball player - Point guard, Basketball coach
Birthdate: September 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 43 Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

A six-time NBA All-Star, Kyle Lowry has been an important player for the Canadian professional basketball team Toronto Raptors since 2012; he helped the team win their first NBA championship in 2019. Also a prominent player for the US national team, Kyle Lowry was part of the US team that won the Olympic gold in 2016.

 44 Pascal Siakam

Pascal Siakam
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: April 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon

 45 Dell Curry

Dell Curry
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
Former basketball player Dell Curry, father of NBA players Stephen and Seth Curry, is mostly known for his 10-year stint with the NBA team Charlotte Hornets and became their all-time leader in points and three-point field goals. Curry is now a color commentator for the Hornets’ broadcasts. 

 46 Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chatsworth, California, USA

 47 Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Anthony Bennett is a Canadian basketball player who has represented several NBA teams like Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Toronto Raptors. Bennett is also one of the most prominent members of the Canadian national team. He is currently playing for the Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club in the Israeli Basketball Premier League (IBSL). 

 48 Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

 49 Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

 50 Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kinston, North Carolina, United States