Famous Black Basketball Players

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Kawhi Leonard
(American Professional Basketball Player and 5-Time NBA All-Star Winner)
Kawhi Leonard
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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.

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Wilt Chamberlain
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players Who Played as a Center)
Wilt Chamberlain
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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.
 3 
Russell Westbrook
(American professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the 'Point Guard' Position)
Russell Westbrook
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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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Chris Paul
(One of the Greatest Point Guards of All Time)
Chris Paul
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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.

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Bill Russell
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Bill Russell
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Birthdate: February 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Bill Russell was an American retired 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 an 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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Vince Carter
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played as the Shooting Guard / Small Forward )
Vince Carter
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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.

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Hakeem Olajuwon
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Hakeem Olajuwon
10
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.

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Isaiah Thomas
(Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Point Guard)
Isaiah Thomas
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Birthdate: February 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
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.
 9 
Anthony Davis
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as the Power Forward and Centre Positions)
Anthony Davis
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Birthdate: March 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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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Paul George
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the 'Small Forward' Position)
Paul George
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Birthdate: May 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palmdale, California, United States

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.

 11 
Ray Allen
(Basketball player)
Ray Allen
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Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States
 12 
Julius Erving
(Basketball player)
Julius Erving
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Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York, United States
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Patrick Ewing
(Jamaican-American Basketball Coach and Former Basketball Player)
Patrick Ewing
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Birthdate: August 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Patrick Ewing is a Jamaican-American former basketball player who played for popular NBA teams like New York Knicks and Seattle SuperSonics. He also won gold medals at the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games as part of the US men's national basketball teams. In 2008, Patrick Ewing was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his individual career.

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Chris Webber
(Basketball player Power Forward, Businessperson)
Chris Webber
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Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Dikembe Mutombo
(Basketball player)
Dikembe Mutombo
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Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Penny Hardaway
(American College Basketball Coach and Former Professional Player)
Penny Hardaway
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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. 

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Oscar Robertson
(Former Basketball player who played point guard and was a 12-time All-Star)
Oscar Robertson
9
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States
 18 
Clyde Drexler
(Basketball player)
Clyde Drexler
8
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Gary Payton
(Former Basketball player who played the point guard position)
Gary Payton
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Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
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Moses Malone
(Basketball player)
Moses Malone
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Birthdate: March 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died: September 13, 2015
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Ja Morant
(Basketball player)
Ja Morant
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Birthdate: August 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
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Karl Malone
(Basketball player Power Forward)
Karl Malone
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Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States
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Jayson Tatum
(American Professional Basketball Player)
Jayson Tatum
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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.

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Joel Embiid
(Cameroonian-French Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Center)
Joel Embiid
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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. 

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DeMarcus Cousins
(Basketball player, Center)
DeMarcus Cousins
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Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mobile, United States
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Manute Bol
(Former Professional Basketball Player and the Tallest Player in the History of the NBA)
Manute Bol
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Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turalei, South 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.

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Trae Young
(Basketball Point Guard)
Trae Young
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Birthdate: September 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
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Muggsy Bogues
(Basketball player)
Muggsy Bogues
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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. 

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DeMar DeRozan
(American Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard / Small Forward)
DeMar DeRozan
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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.

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Tacko Fall
(Basketball player)
Tacko Fall
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Birthdate: December 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
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Andre Iguodala
(Basketball player)
Andre Iguodala
7
Birthdate: January 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
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Nick Young
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played as the Shooting Guard)
Nick Young
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Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Nick Young, also known as "Swaggy P,” is an NBA player who has represented teams such as the Washington Wizards, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He inspired the documentary Second Chance Season and was turned into a meme known as “Confused Nick Young.”
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Nate Robinson
(American Former Professional Basketball Player)
Nate Robinson
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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.

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Tristan Thompson
(Canadian-American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward / Center)
Tristan Thompson
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Birthdate: March 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
Boston Celtics center/power forward Tristan Thompson, known for his rebounding skills, was initially drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and won the 2016 NBA Championship with them. He has also played for Canada’s national basketball team. Thompson has been in the news for his relationship and messy break-up with Khloé Kardashian.
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Jalen Rose
(Basketball player)
Jalen Rose
7
Birthdate: January 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Chris Bosh
(American Former Professional Basketball Player Who Played As a Power Forward / Center)
Chris Bosh
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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.

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Lisa Leslie
(Basketball player)
Lisa Leslie
7
Birthdate: July 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
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Al Horford
(Basketball player Power Forward, Center)
Al Horford
5
Birthdate: June 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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Iman Shumpert
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the ‘Shooting Guard' Position)
Iman Shumpert
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Birthdate: June 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berwyn, Illinois, United States

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.

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David Robinson
(Basketball player)
David Robinson
5
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States
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Dell Curry
(American Former Professional Basketball Player and Father of NBA Players Stephen & Seth Curry)
Dell Curry
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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. 
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Rick Fox
(Actor and Former Basketball Player Who Played at the 'Small Forward' Position)
Rick Fox
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Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario

Rick Fox is a Canadian-Bahamian actor, businessman, former basketball player, and e-sports franchise owner. He is best known for representing the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After retiring from the sport, Rick Fox went on to establish himself as a media personality, appearing in TV shows like Dancing with the Stars.

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DeAndre Jordan
(Basketball player)
DeAndre Jordan
5
Birthdate: July 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
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Greg Oden
(Basketball player)
Greg Oden
9
Birthdate: January 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
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Amar'e Stoudemire
(American-Israeli Professional Basketball Coach and Former Player)
Amar'e Stoudemire
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Birthdate: November 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lake Wales, Florida, United States

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.

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Kyle Lowry
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the 'Point Guard' Position)
Kyle Lowry
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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.

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Jrue Holiday
(Basketball player)
Jrue Holiday
9
Birthdate: June 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chatsworth, California, USA
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Alonzo Mourning
(Basketball player)
Alonzo Mourning
9
Birthdate: February 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
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Gilbert Arenas
(Basketball player)
Gilbert Arenas
5
Birthdate: January 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
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Pascal Siakam
(Basketball Player)
Pascal Siakam
5
Birthdate: April 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Douala, Cameroon