Famous Black Basketball Players

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 1 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

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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 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.

 4 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.

 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 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.

 7 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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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 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

 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 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.

 20 Karl Malone

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

 21 Manute Bol

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

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 Joel Embiid

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

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. 

 25 Hakeem Olajuwon

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

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.

 26 Chris Bosh

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

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.

 27 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.

 28 Victor Oladipo

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

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.

 29 Master P

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

 30 Muggsy Bogues

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 31 Penny Hardaway

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Famous As: Basketball coach
Birthdate: July 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 32 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.

 33 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.

 34 Tyronn Lue

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

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.

 35 DeMar DeRozan

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

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.

 36 Gary Payton

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 37 Serge Ibaka

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

 38 Brandon Ingram

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 39 Dikembe Mutombo

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

 40 Iman Shumpert

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

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.

 41 JaVale McGee

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

 42 Moses Malone

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 13, 2015

 43 Amar'e Stoudemire

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

 44 Shareef O'Neal

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Famous As: Shaquille O'Neal's Son
Birthdate: January 11, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Shareef O'Neal, son of legendary basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, plays college basketball for the Southeastern Conference team LSU Tigers. He was redshirted in his first season with the UCLA Bruins. He had a heart condition and later underwent surgery and also wore a monitoring device during practice.

 45 Metta World Peace

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Famous As: Basketball player, Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Kemba Walker

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

 47 Len Bias

Len Bias
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 1986

 48 Jamal Crawford

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 49 Shaun Livingston

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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 50 Deron Williams

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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American