Famous Black Basketball Players

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 1 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

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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 LeBron James

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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

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 

 4 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.

 5 Kevin Durant

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suitland, Suitland-Silver Hill, Maryland, 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 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.

 7 Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

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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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 Karl Malone

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

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 Dikembe Mutombo

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

 19 Gary Payton

Gary Payton
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland

 20 Moses Malone

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

 21 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.

 22 Kyrie Irving

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
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.

 23 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.

 24 Carmelo Anthony

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Birthdate: May 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

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.

 25 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.

 26 Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: November 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York, United States

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

 27 Dwight Howard

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: December 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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.

 28 Seth Curry

Seth Curry.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina
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.

 29 Alonzo Mourning

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

 30 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

 31 Dominique Wilkins

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

 32 Draymond Green

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Famous As: Basketball Star
Birthdate: March 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan

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.

 33 Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

 34 Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yaounde

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. 

 35 Paul George

Paul George.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palmdale, California

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.

 36 Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo.
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Rajon Rondo is a popular American professional basketball player who helped Boston Celtics win an NBA championship in 2008. He was an important player for the Boston Celtics, ranking fourth and third in assists and steals, respectively, in the team's history. Currently, an important member of Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo helped his team win an NBA title in 2020.

 37 Nate Robinson

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

 38 J. R. Smith

J. R. Smith.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freehold Borough, New Jersey
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.

 39 Master P

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

 40 Muggsy Bogues

Muggsy Bogues
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 41 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.

 42 Jayson Tatum

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 3, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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.

 43 Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland

Professional basketball player Victor Oladipo currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He started playing basketball in high school and went to Indiana University Bloomington, where he played for the Indiana Hoosiers. He began his professional playing career in 2013 and has been going strong since then. He is also a singer.

 44 Tyronn Lue

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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mexico, Missouri, United States

Tyronn Lue is an American basketball coach currently serving as the head coach for the popular team Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. Previously, he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, which won the 2016 NBA Finals under his guidance. During his playing career, Tyronn Lue helped the Los Angeles Lakers win two NBA championships.

 45 DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California

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.

 46 Jimmy Butler

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas

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.

 47 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

 48 Iman Shumpert

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

Iman Shumpert is an American basketball player who has played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for popular teams like New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, and the Houston Rockets. While representing the Cleveland Cavaliers, Iman Shumpert helped his team win NBA championship in 2016.

 49 Penny Hardaway

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

 50 JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA