Famous Black Basketball Players

 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 Jimmy Butler

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 14, 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.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 6 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.

 7 Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: October 13, 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Chris Paul

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.

 14 Jayson Tatum

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 3, 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.

 15 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.

 16 Master P

Master P
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 17 Kyrie Irving

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

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.

 18 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.

 19 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.

 20 Paul George

Paul George
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

A six-time NBA All-Star, Paul George has been an important player in the NBA for the last decade or so. Apart from making his presence felt in the NBA, Paul George also played a key role in helping the United States men's national basketball team win Olympic gold in the 2016 Summer Olympics held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 21 J. R. Smith

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Shooting guard J. R. Smith was initially drafted by the New Orleans Hornets and later played with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks, too. He won one NBA Championship each with the Cavaliers and the LA Lakers. He has also been part of controversies related to reckless driving.

 22 Udonis Haslem

Udonis Haslem
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 23 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

 24 Karl Malone

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

 25 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.

 26 Lamar Odom

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

 27 JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 28 Seth Curry

Seth Curry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 29 Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 30 Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 31 Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Nigerian, American

 32 Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 33 Zion Williamson

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

 34 Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 35 Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 36 Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Spanish, Congolese (Republic)

 37 Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: December 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 38 Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Cameroonian

 39 Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball player, American football player, Businessperson, Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Draymond Green

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

 41 Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: July 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 42 Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 43 Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 44 Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality:

 45 Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Israeli, American

 46 Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 47 DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 48 John Salley

John Salley
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 49 Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 50 Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French