51 Nba Left Handed Best Players of All Time

Morgan Wolf

The National Basketball Association has seen its fair share of talented left-handed players since its inception. From the all-time greats like Magic Johnson to the modern day superstars like Stephen Curry, there have been many left-handed players who have made a profound impact on the game.

Left-handed players have the ability to create unique angles and shots, which makes them very versatile on the court. They have the capability to keep defenders off balance by changing their direction quickly and consistently.

Additionally, left-handed players have the ability to make shots from various spots on the floor, making them extremely valuable to any team. We will take a look at some of the best left-handed players in the NBA who have made their mark on the game.

Table of Contents

1. RJ Barrett

Guard

RJ Barrett Career

  • 2019–present: New York Knicks

RJ Barrett is a Canadian shooting guard who was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2020. Barrett started his college career at Duke and helped lead the Blue Devils to an NCAA Championship in 2019.

He has been compared to two-time MVP Stephen Curry, and is considered one of the best young players in the NBA. Barrett will likely be playing for the Knicks next season and looks poised to become a star player in the league soon.

RJ Barrett is a highly touted 3rd overall pick in this year's NBA draft and he has the potential to be one of the best players in the league.

He was named consensus first-team All-American and ACC player of the year as a freshman at Duke, before going on to win national high school player of the year accolades as a senior.

 Barrett has an impressive scoring record for a young player - he averaged 23 points per game at Duke while shooting 50% from three point range and 85% from the free throw line. 

His versatility will be key if he makes it into the NBA - Barrett can play both guard positions but his main strength may lie in his ability to create for others off the dribble or shoot from long range with accuracy.

The Knicks have been linked with Barrett throughout much of this pre-draft process, so there's no doubt they're excited about landing him third overall; New York is set up well offensively and needs another talented scorer alongside Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Knox.

Also Played For: new york knicks, small forward

2. David Lee

David Lee Career

  • 2005–2010: New York Knicks
  • 2010–2015: Golden State Warriors
  • 2015–2016: Boston Celtics
  • 2016: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2016–2017: San Antonio Spurs

David Lee was a dominant player in the NBA for several years, and is still considered one of the best power forwards in history. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2005, but soon moved on to be a key player with the Golden State Warriors.

Lee won two MVP awards during his time with the Warriors, and retired from playing following their 2017 season. 

David Lee is a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time champion. He was named to the Second Team All-NBA in 2013, as well as being a member of the 2003 McDonald's All American team.

David Lee has averaged over 14 points per game throughout his career, while also averaging around 8 rebounds per contest – numbers which have seen him earn both an NBA title and spot on the all star teams twice apiece.

Also Played For: 2009–10 nba season, new york knights

3. LeBron James

Power forward

LeBron James Career

  • 2003–2010: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2010–2014: Miami Heat
  • 2014–2018: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2018–present: Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James is a two-time NBA champion and three-time MVP. He has led the Cavaliers to back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, he joined the Lakers for an unprecedented move westward in the NBA's history.

His jersey number (6) was retired by both Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat organizations after his third consecutive MVP award in the 2014–2015 season. 

LeBron James also holds several other records such as the most points scored in a playoff game with 73 against Boston Celtics.

Also, the highest scoring average ever with 38 points per game over his whole career, youngest player to score 30 000 points or more and fastest player to reach 20 000 assists milestone among others LeBron James is a four-time NBA Champion, three-time MVP, and eighteen-time All-Star.

He has been named to the NBA’s all-defensive teams five times and was an AP Athlete of the Year nominee in 2013, 2016, and 2018. 

LeBron also won gold medals with Team USA at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, 2012 Olympics, and 2016 Rio Olympics respectively. 

In 2020 he became only the fourth player in history to win scoring titles in each of his first six seasons as a professional (28 points per game).

Also Played For: cleveland cavaliers, school basketball

4. Chris Bosh

Power forward

Chris Bosh Career

  • 2003–2010: Toronto Raptors
  • 2010–2017: Miami Heat

Bosh was born in Dallas, Texas, and played high school basketball at Lincoln. Bosh attended Georgia Tech where he started his career as a power forward before being moved to center later on in his college career.

Bosh was drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors in 2003 and spent several years with them before moving to the Miami Heat in 2010. 

Bosh is one of the most successful players in NBA history, winning two championships with the Miami Heat (2012, 2013).

He also won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA during the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2017, Bosh announced that he would be retiring from professional basketball due to persistent injuries sustained over the course of his playing career. Bosh was a two-time NBA champion and 11-time All-Star.

He was also an All-NBA Second Team selection and helped Miami to win their first championship in 2012. Bosh retired as the No. 1 player in Heat history, after leading them to back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014. 

Outside of basketball, Bosh is known for his philanthropy work with children's charities around the world - he has even launched his own charity called "Bosh Kids." 

In December 2016, it was announced that Bosh had been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung; although he required surgery to remove the clot, he is expected to make a full recovery.

Also Played For: toronto raptors, nba 2000s

5. Goran Dragić

Point guard

Goran Dragić Career

  • 2004–2006: Geoplin Slovan
  • 2006–2007: Murcia
  • 2007–2008: Union Olimpija
  • 2008–2011: Phoenix Suns
  • 2011–2012: Houston Rockets
  • 2011: Saski Baskonia
  • 2012–2015: Phoenix Suns
  • 2015–2021: Miami Heat
  • 2021–2022: Toronto Raptors
  • 2022: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2022–2023: Chicago Bulls
  • 2023–present: Milwaukee Bucks

Dragić was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 6 May 1986. He started his career with Geoplin Slovan before moving to Murcia and then Union Olimpija. Dragić has played for the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs in his playing career thus far.

He is currently a member of the Atlanta Hawks following the conclusion of the 2017–18 season. Dragić has averaged 14 points per game throughout his NBA career thus far while shooting around 44% from three-point range. 

Goran Dragić is a 7-foot-tall Croatian professional basketball player who has played for the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Saski Baskonia, and the Miami Heat.

He was drafted by the Suns with the 4th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He won an Olympic gold medal as part of Team Croatia at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics after defeating Spain 108-93 in the final game. 

In 2017, he signed a five-year contract extension with his current team, the Chicago Bulls worth $171 million dollars (with an annual salary of $25 million). 

This makes him one of only 2 players to ever sign a 5-year max deal worth over $150 million without playing any games for that team before signing it (the other being LeBron James).

Dragić is also known for his spectacular dunks and 3-point shot which have seen him named All-NBA Third Team twice (in 2014 and 2018) and win two EuroBasket MVP awards - once in 2017 when. 

Croatia beat France 95-68 in the finals, and again in 2020 when they defeated Serbia 111-92 to clinch their first title since the 2007 championship run.

Also Played For: eurobasket, point guard

6. Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom Career

  • 1999–2003: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2003–2004: Miami Heat
  • 2004–2011: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2011–2012: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2012–2013: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2014: Laboral Kutxa Baskonia

Lamar Odom is a former NBA player who had a brief but eventful career. Lamar Odom was born in Queens, New York, in 1979 and played college basketball at Rhode Island before being drafted by the Clippers in 1999.

After playing for several teams over the course of his career, including the Lakers and Clippers, Lamar Odom retired from professional basketball in 2013 after two seasons with the Mavericks. 

Since retiring from professional basketball, Lamar has focused on his personal life and recently became engaged to Khloe Kardashian after dating for around two years.

In addition to his relationship status, Lamar also volunteers extensively through charities such as St Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  

The Trevor Project - both organizations that he actively supports due to their impact on helping those affected by HIV/AIDs or LGBTQ+ issues respectively. 

With continued hard work and dedication towards supporting causes he believes in, Lamar looks forward to continue making an impact both on and off of the court into the future.

Also Played For: los angeles clippers, los angeles lakers

7. De'Aaron Fox

Point guard

De Career

  • High school: Cypress Lakes, (Katy, Texas)
  • College: Kentucky (2016–2017)
  • NBA draft 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
  • Selected by the Sacramento Kings
  • Playing career: 2017–present
  • 2017–present: Sacramento Kings
  • First-team All-SEC (2017), SEC All-Freshman Team (2017), SEC tournament MVP (2017), McDonald's All-American (2016)

De'Aaron Fox is a Point Guard for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA. He was born on December 20, 1997, and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Fox has a listed height of 6 ft 3 inches and a weight of 185 lbs which makes him very physically fit for an elite-level basketball player.

Fox attended high school at Cypress Lakes where he averaged 24 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game as a senior before being drafted by Kentucky Wildcats in the 2016-2017 season as the first overall pick after leaving college early due to an injury crisis that threatened his eligibility for NCAA Tournament.

After impressing scouts with his play during his rookie season (2016-2017), De'Aaron signed a 2-year contract extension with Sacramento Kings worth $24 million including $18 million guaranteed on November 3rd, 2017.

Fox's tremendous shooting ability combined with great court vision make him one of the most coveted point guards currently playing in the NBA league; averaging 19 PPG (47% FG) and 4 APG while leading the team to 41 wins last year.

Also Played For: sacramento kings, fantasy basketball

8. Nate Archibald

Point guard

Nate Archibald Career

  • 1970–1976: Cincinnati Royals / Kansas City-Omaha / Kansas City Kings
  • 1976–1977: New York Nets
  • 1978–1983: Boston Celtics
  • 1983–1984: Milwaukee Bucks

Nate Archibald was born on September 2, 1948, in New York City. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School where he played basketball and baseball. 

In 1970, Archibald was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals and started playing professional basketball.

He spent his entire career with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1974–1984) where he won two NBA championships ( 1976 and 1980 ). 

After retiring from playing professionally, Archibald became a television analyst for the Kings' home games and also worked as an assistant coach for various teams in Europe.

Nate Archibald was a standout player in the 1970s for three teams: Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, and Kansas City Kings. 

He won two titles with the Celtics (1978–1983) and helped lead them to another championship in 1986. 

Nate also had success with Milwaukee Bucks where he averaged 15 points per game over four seasons from 1983-1984. 

Archibald retired as The 1 all-time scorer for Sacramento Kings and is now enshrined in their Hall of Fame after being inducted into UTEP's Athletic Hall of Honor in 2009.

Also Played For: boston celtics, nba 70s

9. Domantas Sabonis

Power forward

Domantas Sabonis Career

  • 2012–2014: Unicaja Málaga
  • 2012–2013:Clínicas Rincón
  • 2016–2017: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2017–2022: Indiana Pacers
  • 2022–present: Sacramento Kings

Sabonis was drafted 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2016 NBA Draft. He played for two teams in Europe before joining Lithuanian side Unicaja Málaga in 2012.

Sabonis helped his team to win the Spanish League championship and EuroLeague title during his time there. He joined Sacramento Kings as a free agent at the end of the 2017–18 season and made an immediate impact on their roster with 15 points per game average over 20 appearances that season.

In 2018–19, he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds over 38 games while helping them make it to the playoffs, where they eventually lost against Golden State Warriors 4-1 in the first round.

 Sabonis is considered one of Lithuania’s most promising young players and has been called up several times to represent his country at the international level including at FIBA World Cup 2019.

Qualifiers (where they finished second behind Serbia) and EuroBasket 2021 qualification campaign (they narrowly missed out on qualifying for their first-ever major tournament).

In the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sabonis led Lithuania's national team to a Bronze medal finish after losing 2-0 against eventual champions USA in the quarterfinals. 

His was also Sabonis' Olympic debut aged just 22 years old which makes him one of only four players under 23. Who has won an Olympic medal with their respective countries - alongside Andre Iguodala (USA), Pau Gasol (Spain) & Serge Ibaka(France).

Also Played For: gonzaga bulldogs men's basketball, nba european

10. Mark Eaton

Center

Mark Eaton Career

  • 1982–1994: Utah Jazz

Eaton was a versatile player who excelled at both shooting and defense. After playing college basketball for UCLA, he was drafted by the Utah Jazz in 1982.

He played for the Jazz until 1994, helping them to several playoff appearances during that time. In 1997, Eaton signed with the Orlando Magic where he spent two seasons before retiring from professional basketball.

After his retirement from basketball, Eaton pursued a career in business; he currently works as an executive vice president of operations for a manufacturing company in Park City, Utah Eaton was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No.

53 pick in the 1982 NBA Draft. Eaton played for the Jazz from 1982 to 1994, where he won two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards and three All-Defensive First Team selections. 

After retiring from playing basketball, Eaton served as a color commentator for both television broadcasts and online streaming platforms during his time with ESPN/ABC networks until 2017 when he left due to personal reasons.

Mark Eaton is currently an ambassador for Be The Match cancer foundation which helps find bone marrow donors worldwide who can save lives by curing blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma using stem cells collected after death from people who have a matching genetic makeup (Eaton’s mother died from leukemia).

Also Played For: utah jazz

11. Mike Conley Jr.

Guard

Mike Conley Jr. Career

  • 2007–2019: Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2019–2023: Utah Jazz
  • 2023–present: Minnesota Timberwolves

Mike Conley Jr. is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz in the NBA. 

He was born on October 11, 1987, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and played college basketball at Ohio State before being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2007.

Conley has been an integral part of the Memphis Grizzlies since he joined the team as a rookie and has helped them win two championships (2008–09 and 2013). 

He is also a three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2017) and was named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team in 2016.

Injuries have limited him to just 59 games over the past two seasons but he is expected to be fully recovered by 2019/20 when he will likely resume his place as one of the best point guards in league history. 

Mike Conley Jr. is a professional basketball player who has played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz in the NBA.

He was drafted by Memphis with the fifth overall pick in 2007 and has since won three league championships, two All-Star appearances, and been named to an All-Defensive Team twice. Born in Dayton, Ohio on March 7th, 1984, Conley attended Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson. 

Virginia before playing college ball at Athens College where he averaged 21 points per game as a senior en route to being named first-team all-conference and NABC Division II Player of The Year.

After leaving college early due to NCAA sanctions which were later lifted after pleading guilty to reduced charges concerning his involvement with an illegal gambling ring while still attending. 

Athens College, Conley joined the US National Team Development Program under head coach Jerry Colangelo where he helped lead them to victory at the 2004 World Championship. 

The tournament as well as garnering MVP honors despite averaging just 12 minutes per game over four games played including one off-the-bench role against Spain's Real Madrid junior team (the eventual Euroleague Champions).

Following his time spent with USA Basketball along with a summer workout stint with then reigning NBA Champion Detroit Pistons that included meeting then superstar Shaquille O'Neal – whom he credits for giving him "a lot of inspiration. Conley was selected by Memphis ahead of such highly touted draft prospects. 

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh during what turned out to be one of franchise history’s most successful picks ever despite having only appeared in 41 games. 

Over two seasons due to recurring injuries suffered throughout his rookie campaign (2007–08). Which limited him primarily to shooting guard duties behind starting point guards. 

Tony Allen and Mike Miller respectively; nevertheless scored 16 points per contest on 43% shooting from 3-point range en route earning. 

Western Conference Rookie Of The Month honors for December 2007 following consecutive 20+ point performances against Sacramento Kings (#9/#10) & Seattle SuperSonics (#8/#9).

Due largely in part due to those aforementioned injuries combined along with inconsistent play both offensively & defensively - particularly during stretches when healthy - through much of his sophomore season (2008–09). 

It wasn't until late February 2009 that head coach Rick Majerus finally inserted Conley into the starter's minutes alongside. Allen again leading up to him winning 27 consecutive games stretching all the way back tot eh end of January 2010 – their longest winning.

12. Joe Ingles

Small forward

Joe Ingles Career

  • 2005–2006: Australian Institute of Sport
  • 2006–2009: South Dragons
  • 2009–2010: CB Granada
  • 2010–2013: FC Barcelona
  • 2013–2014: Maccabi Tel Aviv
  • 2014–2022: Utah Jazz
  • 2022–present: Milwaukee Bucks

Joe Ingles is a small forward and power forward for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. 

He was born on October 2, 1987 in Adelaide, Australia. Joe attended high school at Pasadena (Adelaide, South Australia) and Lake Ginninderra (Canberra, ACT).

In 2005 he played with the Australian Institute of Sport before being drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2009 without playing any professional games. Joe has been with the Jazz ever since and has averaged 8 points per game over his career so far. 

Joe married American actress Georgina Haig in 2018 after they had been dating for two years beforehand Joe Ingles is a versatile player who has spent his entire career playing for different teams in the NBA.

He started out with the South Dragons of the 2006–2009 season, then moved to CB Granada before joining Barcelona in 2010. In 2013, he joined Maccabi Tel Aviv and won Israeli League championships in 2014 and 2015. 

Joe was traded to Utah Jazz in 2016 where he played until 2020. After signing with Milwaukee Bucks, Ingles will continue his basketball career there until 2022.

Also Played For: nba undrafted, undrafted nba

13. Gail Goodrich

Gail Goodrich Career

  • 1965–1968: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1968–1970: Phoenix Suns
  • 1970–1976: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1976–1979: New Orleans Jazz

Gail Goodrich was a shooting guard who played in the NBA for over 20 years. Gail Goodrich was one of the most popular players in Laker's history and is still highly respected by fans today.

Gail Goodrich helped lead the Lakers to five championships during his playing career, including back-to-back titles in 1971 and 1972. After retiring from basketball, Gail Goodrich went on to have a successful broadcasting career with ESPN and TNT.

In 2001, Gail Goodrich was named as one of the 50 greatest athletes of all time by Sports Illustrated magazine. Goodrich played for six different teams in a 15-year NBA career. Goodrich was an All-Star and helped the Lakers win two championships. 

After retiring from basketball, Goodrich worked as an analyst on ESPN's coverage of the NBA playoffs.

Also Played For: phoenix suns, shooting guard

14. James Harden

Shooting guard

James Harden Career

  • 2009–2012: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2012–2021: Houston Rockets
  • 2021–2022: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2022–present: Philadelphia 76ers

James Harden is a 3-time NBA All Star and was the 2017–2018 MVP. He has led the Houston Rockets to 2 consecutive championships, and he is looking for his third title in 2020.

Harden played college basketball at Arizona State before being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. In 2012, he signed with the Houston Rockets and led them to their first championship that same year.

As of 2019, James Harden averages 27 points per game which makes him one of the most lethal scorers in all of basketball James Harden is a two-time NBA scoring champion and six-time All-NBA selection. 

He led the Houston Rockets to their first championship in 2017 and was named MVP of the title game.

In 2018, he helped lead the Brooklyn Nets to their first-ever playoff appearance. James Harden's skills have earned him numerous awards, including Most Valuable Player and Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Also Played For: brooklyn nets, nba 75th anniversary team

15. Derrick Coleman

Power forward

Derrick Coleman Career

  • 1990–1995: New Jersey Nets
  • 1995–1998: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1999–2001: Charlotte Hornets
  • 2001–2004: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2004–2005: Detroit Pistons

Derrick Coleman was a power forward and center for the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets during his playing career.

He was drafted first overall in the 1990 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Coleman appeared in over 1000 games during his 14-year NBA career averaging 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Derrick Coleman retired from professional basketball after the 2005 season at age 37 due to knee injuries sustained while playing with the Rockets that year. Derrick Coleman was a dominant player in the 1990s, winning multiple awards and accolades.

He was an All-American at Syracuse and one of the best forwards of his era. Derrick Coleman played for five different teams over his career and is now retired from basketball.

Also Played For: syracuse orange men's basketball, michigan high school basketball

16. Kenny Anderson

Kenny Anderson Career

  • 1991–1996: New Jersey Nets
  • 1996: Charlotte Hornets
  • 1996–1998: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1998–2002: Boston Celtics
  • 2002–2003: Seattle SuperSonics
  • 2003: New Orleans Hornets
  • 2003–2004: Indiana Pacers
  • 2004–2005: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2005: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2005–2006: Žalgiris Kaunas

Kenny Anderson played for the New Jersey Nets from 1991 to 2006. Anderson was a two-time All-Star and led the Nets to their first playoff berth in franchise history in 1996.

In 2001, he became just the fifth player in NBA history to record at least 20,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds during his career. After retiring as a player, Anderson served as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies from 2013 to 2014 before joining the Atlanta Hawks' coaching staff in 2015.

He was named interim head coach of the Utah Jazz on February 3, 2019 following Quin Snyder's firing but was replaced six days later with Dave Joerger As a player, Kenny Anderson was both talented and tenacious. 

He played for several teams over the course of his career, including the Nets, Hornets, Blazers, Celtics, Pacers and Hawks.

Anderson won an NBA All-Star Game selection in 1994 and was also a consensus first-team All-American in 1991. After playing briefly in Lithuania with Žalgiris Kaunas after leaving the NBA, Anderson became a coach in 2018.

17. Ben Simmons

Point guard

Ben Simmons Career

  • 2016–2022: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2022–present: Brooklyn Nets

Ben Simmons was born on July 20th, 1996 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

He attended high school at Box Hill Senior Secondary College in Melbourne and then played college basketball for LSU before being drafted 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 NBA draft.

Ben Simmons is a point guard and power forward who has averaged 22 points per game over his career so far with the Sixers. He is also known for his explosive dunks and outstanding court vision. 

Ben Simmons is currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA where he has made significant contributions both on and off the court thus far. 

Ben Simmons was selected with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ben Simmons has had a successful career.

In both the NBA and internationally, winning multiple awards including 3 All-Star games and 2 Defensive First Team honors. 

Ben Simmons is currently a member of the Brooklyn Nets, where he continues to be one of their most valuable players on both sides of the ball.

Also Played For: nba defensive, nba 2k19

18. D'Angelo Russell

Point guard

D Career

  • High school: , Central, (Louisville, Kentucky), Montverde Academy, (Montverde, Florida)
  • College: Ohio State (2014–2015)
  • NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
  • Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Playing career: 2015–present
  • 2015–2017: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2017–2019: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2019–2020: Golden State Warriors
  • 2020–present: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • NBA All-Star (2019), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016), Consensus first-team All-American (2015), First-team All-Big Ten (2015), Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2015), Jerry West Award (2015), McDonald's All-American (2014)

D'Angelo Russell was drafted second overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2015 NBA draft. D'Angelo averaged 19.4 points, 5.9 assists, 3 rebounds and 1 steal per game as a rookie for the Timberwolves in 2016-17 season.

In 2017-18 season, he averaged 23 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 41% from three point range en route to being named an All-Star for the first time in his career. 

He signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in 2018 and led them to their first championship in 37 years during his two seasons with them before returning to the Golden State.

Warriors where he won another title this year D'Angelo Russell was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the number two overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

After a successful rookie season, D'Angelo Russell signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension with the Lakers in 2017. 

D’Angelo is considered one of the best young players in basketball and has already established himself as one of the league's top point guards. 

He has won multiple awards throughout his career including being an All-Star and All-NBA Second Team player while at Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors respectively.

Also Played For: minnesota timberwolves, nba 2k21

19. Chris Mullin

Small forward

Chris Mullin Career

  • 1985–1997: Golden State Warriors
  • 1997–2000: Indiana Pacers
  • 2000–2001: Golden State Warriors

Mullin was a highly productive player in the NBA, appearing in over 1,000 games and scoring more than 16,000 points. He attended both Xaverian College and St.

John's University before being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1985. Mullin enjoyed a successful playing career with the Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets - winning three championships along the way.

After retiring from professional basketball in 2001, Mullin began working as an analyst for ESPN TV coverage of major sporting events. Mullin is a five-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA Second Team selection. Mullin was named the John R.

Wooden Award winner as the best player in college basketball in 1985. In 1992, he was voted to the all-star team for his performance with Golden State that year. 

He also won USBWA Player of the Year honors from 1985 to 1987 and UPI College Player of the Year accolades from 1984 to 1986.

Also Played For: golden state warriors, st. john's university

20. Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose Career

  • 1994–1996: Denver Nuggets
  • 1996–2002: Indiana Pacers
  • 2002–2003: Chicago Bulls
  • 2003–2006: Toronto Raptors
  • 2006: New York Knicks
  • 2006–2007: Phoenix Suns

Jalen Rose played point guard and small forward in the NBA for nine years. He was drafted 13th overall by the Denver Nuggets in 1994, and spent six seasons with them before moving to Indiana Pacers in 1996.

Rose was a two-time All-Star (1996, 2000) and won an MVP award in 2002 while leading Indiana to their first ever championship title. In 2007 he retired from professional basketball after playing his final game for the Chicago Bulls.

Jalen is currently an analyst on ESPN's coverage of the NBA playoffs Jalen Rose is a five-time NBA All-Star and three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion. 

He led the Chicago Bulls to their first championship in franchise history in 2002, and he also helped the Raptors win their second title in 2006.

After leaving Toronto, Rose played for the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns before retiring at the age of 34 due to injuries sustained during his career.

Also Played For: indiana pacers

21. Michael Redd

Shooting guard

Michael Redd Career

  • 2000–2011: Milwaukee Bucks
  • 2011–2012: Phoenix Suns

Redd was a shooting guard and small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2000 to 2012. He helped lead the Bucks to two NBA Finals appearances (2002, 2004) and one Western Conference title (2007).

Redd also won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA in 2008. After playing his final season with the Phoenix Suns in 2012, Redd retired from professional basketball. 

In 2013, he began coaching at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio where he currently remains as head coach of their men's team Redd played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines.

Redd was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the fourth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. Redd won an NBA All-Star game and was a three time all-NBA third team selection while playing for Philadelphia and Milwaukee. 

In 2008, Michael Redd represented Team USA at the Olympic Games in Beijing where they reached the semi finals before losing to Spain. 

qAfter playing nine seasons in the NBA, Redd retired from professional basketball in 2011 due to injury concerns but has since returned to play amateur ball overseas..

Redd is currently an assistant coach at Temple University where he helped them win back to back Atlantic 10 championships as of 2017/2018 season.

Also Played For: milwaukee bucks, 2003–04 nba season

22. Bob Lanier

Bob Lanier Career

  • 1970–1980: Detroit Pistons
  • 1980–1984: Milwaukee Bucks
  • As coach:
  • 1994–1995: Golden State Warriors (assistant)
  • 1995: Golden State Warriors (interim)

Lanier was born in Buffalo, New York on September 10th, 1948. He attended Bennett High School and played college basketball at St. Bonaventure before being drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the first overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft.

Lanier would go on to play 16 seasons in the NBA for various teams including the Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns. 

He is considered one of best centers of his era and is still held in high regard by many fans today; he retired from playing professional basketball in 1984 but continued to work as a commentator for TNT until his death two years later at 73 years old.

Lanier is one of the most decorated coaches in NBA history. He has been a part of 8 All-Star games, was an All-Rookie First Team selection and was consensus first team all American his senior season at St Bonaventure. 

Lanier led the Pistons to their only championship during the 1980s and also served as interim coach for Golden State Warriors in 1994. Lanier currently works as an analyst for ESPN and Fox Sports 1 where he provides commentary on both basketball and other sports events.

Also Played For: st bonaventure bonnies men's basketball

23. Brandon Jennings

Point guard

Brandon Jennings Career

  • 2008–2009: Lottomatica Roma
  • 2009–2013: Milwaukee Bucks
  • 2013–2016: Detroit Pistons
  • 2015: Grand Rapids Drive
  • 2016: Orlando Magic
  • 2016–2017: New York Knicks
  • 2017: Washington Wizards
  • 2017: Shanxi Brave Dragons
  • 2018: Wisconsin Herd
  • 2018: Milwaukee Bucks
  • 2018: Zenit Saint Petersburg

Jennings was one of the best point guards in the NBA for several years and helped teams make playoff appearances. He signed with the Wizards this offseason but has had a slow start to his career.

Jennings is 33 years old and may have played his last season in the NBA. Brandon Jennings was one of the most promising young players in the NBA when he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009.

He quickly established himself as a scoring threat, averaging over 20 points per game during his rookie season. In 2013, Brandon signed with Detroit Pistons and helped them reach the playoffs that year.

However, due to injuries he wasn't able to play much during the following two seasons and eventually lost his spot on their roster. In 2015, Brandon joined Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League and had an excellent campaign - leading them to win their division title.

After impressing management with his performances there, Brandon made a return to Europe signing for Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2017 where he has continued playing at a high level ever since - helping them win several titles including Euroleague MVP award this past season.

24. DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan Career

  • 2008–2018: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2018–2019: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2019: New York Knicks
  • 2019–2021: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2021–2022: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2022: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2022–present: Denver Nuggets

DeAndre Jordan is one of the most dominant centers in the NBA, and his ability to block shots and score inside makes him a force to be reckoned with. Jordan was born in Houston, Texas but raised in Bellaire, Texas before playing collegiately at Texas A&M.

After two seasons at Texas A&M, Jordan was drafted by the Clippers in 2008 and has since been one of their key players. He has won three consecutive titles with Los Angeles as well as being named an All-Star multiple times over his career. 

Jordan is also known for his charitable work including contributing money to hurricane relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston last year DeAndre Jordan is a 6'11" center who has played for the Los Angeles Clippers since 2008.

He was drafted with the seventh pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, but he never played for them due to injuries. Jordan signed with the Clippers and became an All-Star in 2017 and an All-NBA First Team member in 2016. 

He also won two rebounding titles (2014, 2015) and was named Third-team Parade All-American in 2007 while playing at Texas A&M University.

Also Played For: denver nuggets, center basketball

25. Zach Randolph

Power forward

Zach Randolph Career

  • 2001–2007: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2007–2008: New York Knicks
  • 2008–2009: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2009–2017: Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2017–2019: Sacramento Kings

Randolph was a power forward for 13 seasons in the NBA, with stints with the Trail Blazers and Knicks. 

Randolph is one of only two players to score 20,000 points and grab 10,000 rebounds in his career (the other being Wilt Chamberlain).

Randolph has been suspended multiple times by the NBA for suspensions totaling more than 100 games over his career. 

In 2019, Randolph announced his retirement from professional basketball after 17 seasons in the league Randolph is a two-time All-Star and an NBA Most Improved Player.

Randolph has averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in his career. He was drafted by the Clippers in 1998 and played there until 2007 when he joined Memphis. 

In 2013, Randolph won his second All-Star game MVP award with the Grizzlies before moving to Sacramento in 2017.

Also Played For: memphis grizzlies

26. Lenny Wilkens

Point guard

Lenny Wilkens Career

  • 1960–1968: St. Louis Hawks
  • 1968–1972: Seattle SuperSonics
  • 1972–1974: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 1974–1975: Portland Trail Blazers
  • As coach:
  • 1969–1972: Seattle SuperSonics
  • 1974–1976: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1977–1985: Seattle SuperSonics
  • 1986–1993: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 1993–2000: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2000–2003: Toronto Raptors
  • 2004–2005: New York Knicks

Lenny Wilkens was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 28, 1937. He played high school basketball at Boys High School in Brooklyn before going to Providence College where he starred for the Friars.

Lenny Wilkens was drafted by the St Louis Hawks in 1960 and spent his entire playing career with them except for two seasons (1970-1971) when he joined the Seattle SuperSonics. 

After retiring as a player, Lenny Wilkens served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers from 1969 to 2005 but is most famous for leading Atlanta to its only NBA championship in 1996.

In 2006, Lenny Wilkens was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside Julius Erving and Larry Bird Lenny Wilkens was an all-star player in the NBA for many years and is most notably known for his time with the Seattle SuperSonics. 

He also had a lengthy coaching career, including two stints as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and one as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Outside of basketball, he's been involved in business ventures, serving on boards for several companies and organizations over the years.

Also Played For: atlanta hawks, seattle supersonics

27. Josh Smith

Power forward

Josh Smith Career

  • 2004–2013: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2013–2014: Detroit Pistons
  • 2014–2015: Houston Rockets
  • 2015–2016: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2016: Houston Rockets
  • 2016–2017: Sichuan Blue Whales
  • 2017: New Orleans Pelicans

Josh Smith was a highly talented power forward and small forward in the NBA for over 10 years. 

Josh Smith had some memorable moments with Atlanta, including winning an MVP award and leading the Hawks to two straight conference championships in 2007 and 2008.

However, after signing with Detroit in 2017, it appeared that his time as a top-flight player was coming to an end due to injuries and poor play. In 2018, however, he has started playing better again and is looking like he may have one final chance at glory with the Pistons before retirement comes calling.

Josh Smith was a highly-touted high school player who emerged as one of the NBA's top power forwards. Despite his talent, injuries hampered Smith's early career and he never reached his full potential. 

In 2013, Smith joined the Detroit Pistons and quickly became an important part of their lineup. However, after two seasons with the Pistons, he was traded to Houston in 2015 where he continued to be a key contributor for the Rockets until 2016 when he was traded again this time to the Clippers.

After spending one season with Los Angeles, Josh Smith signed with New Orleans in 2017 where he has since been inconsistent and relegated to backup minutes behind Anthony Davis.

28. Billy Cunningham

Small forward

Billy Cunningham Career

  • 1965–1972: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1972–1974: Carolina Cougars
  • 1974–1976: Philadelphia 76ers
  • As coach:
  • 1977–1985: Philadelphia 76ers

Cunningham was a prolific scorer in the NBA for most of his career, averaging over 20 points per game for six seasons. 

He is best known for leading the 76ers to back-to-back Finals appearances in 1976 and 1977, but he also had successful stints with other teams including the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Cunningham retired from playing in 1976 after winning an NBA championship with Philadelphia, and went on to coach several teams before retiring in 1985. 

Billy Cunningham was a four-time NBA All-Star and three-time First Team All-NBA player. He led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship in 1967, and also won the ABA MVP Award that same year.

After retiring as a player, he coached the Sixers for seven seasons before being fired in 1985.

Also Played For: philadelphia 76ers, unc basketball

29. Thaddeus Young

Small forward

Thaddeus Young Career

  • 2007–2014: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2014–2015: Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2015–2016: Brooklyn Nets
  • 2016–2019: Indiana Pacers
  • 2019–2021: Chicago Bulls
  • 2021–2022: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2022–present: Toronto Raptors

Thaddeus Young was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1988. He played college basketball at Georgia Tech before being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2007.

Young has been a mainstay of the Sixers since then and has averaged over 20 points per game for his career so far. In 2011, he was voted to represent Team USA at the World Championships and helped them win their first title ever.

Thaddeus Young is an all-around player who can score from anywhere on the court and is always a threat to take down opponents single-handedly. Young was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2007. 

Young started playing professional basketball with the Sixers that same year and has been with them ever since, amassing over 1,000 games played and averaging 16 points per game.

In 2014, Young signed a two-year deal with Minnesota Timberwolves but did not play much due to injuries. The Brooklyn Nets acquired him in 2015 and he averaged 17 points per game on 51% shooting from the field.

While also grabbing seven rebounds per contest before being traded to Indiana Pacers midway through his contract for Thaddeus Young Jr., son of Thaddeus Young who had previously played for Philadelphia 76ers' G League affiliate Delaware 87ers (now owned by Pelicans).

With Indiana Pacers, he averaged 18 points, six rebounds and one steal per game throughout 2017–2018 season as they reached Eastern Conference Finals where they lost 4-1 against Cleveland Cavaliers who went on to win NBA Championship that year led.

By LeBron James (Young's former teammate at Miami Heat). On July 6th 2018, Toronto Raptors announced signing of Thaddeus Young for 3 years/$82 million which makes him their new starting small forward alongside Kawhi Leonard after trading.

DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio Spurs earlier that day; making it third time in four seasons where Toronto have re-signed an All Star caliber player following Kyle Lowry & Rudy Gay respectivelyq.

Also Played For: nba 2k18

30. Cuttino Mobley

Cuttino Mobley Career

  • 1998–2004: Houston Rockets
  • 2004–2005: Orlando Magic
  • 2005: Sacramento Kings
  • 2005–2008: Los Angeles Clippers

Cuttino Mobley was born on September 1, 1975, in Philadelphia, PA. He attended high school at Cardinal Dougherty and played college ball at Rhode Island before being drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1998.

In his 10-year NBA career, Cuttino averaged 6 points and 4 rebounds per game while playing for the Rockets, 76ers, Lakers, and Pistons. 

After retiring from basketball in 2008, Cuttino began working as a color commentator for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area's coverage of Warriors games alongside play-by-play man Bob Beyer Jr.

Cuttino Mobley was a five-time all-star and three-time Atlantic 10 player of the year while playing for the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Sacramento Kings. Cuttino Mobley is one of only two guards in NBA history to record over 11,000 points, 2,000 rebounds, and 2,000 assists in a career. 

He has been named an All-Star twice (2004 with Orlando and 2005 with Sacramento) as well as being selected to the First Team All-Atlantic 10 both times he was eligible for selection.

His accolades also include being voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 .

Making him one of just nine players ever inducted into that prestigious hall without having played professionally outside North America (the others are Kobe Bryant, Dikembe Mutombo, Julius Erving, and Rick Barry). 

Mobley retired from professional basketball following the 2008 season after playing his last game for Los Angeles Clippers against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Where he recorded 5 points on 1/7 shooting from behind the arc before sitting out the remainder of the contest due to injury; this would be his final appearance in an NBA uniform.

Also Played For: houston rockets, big 3

31. Kelly Oubre Jr.

Small forward

Kelly Oubre Jr. Career

  • 2015–2018: Washington Wizards
  • 2018–2020: Phoenix Suns
  • 2020–2021: Golden State Warriors
  • 2021–present: Charlotte Hornets

Kelly Oubre Jr. is a small forward who was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft. Oubre spent two years at Kansas, where he averaged 10.5 points and 5 rebounds per game as a sophomore and junior.

Oubre was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, reuniting him with his former head coach at Kansas, Bill Self. 

He made his professional debut for Charlotte on October 16 against Toronto Raptors and has since averaged 7 points and 3 rebounds per game in 11 appearances for them so far this season.

In December 2017, Oubre underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from his right adductor muscle that had been bothering him for some time. 

Kelly Oubre Jr. was selected 15th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Kelly Oubre Jr.'s playing career began with the Washington Wizards in 2015-16 where he averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds per game.

In 2018, Oubre joined the Phoenix Suns where he posted averages of 7 points and 3 rebounds per game over a season and a half before being traded to Golden State Warriors in 2020. 

Over his four seasons with Golden State, including two as an starter, Oubre has averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per outing while shooting 43% from three-point range. 

He is currently signed with Charlotte Hornets for the 2021-22 season and looks to continue his success there after averaging 16 points and 5 boards last year.

Also Played For: charlotte hornets

32. Miles Bridges

Power forward

Miles Bridges Career

  • 2018–2022: Charlotte Hornets

Miles Bridges was a high school standout at Flint Southwestern and Huntington Prep before playing his college ball at Michigan State. 

After two years with the Spartans, Bridges declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft where he was selected 13th overall by Charlotte Hornets.

As a rookie with the Hornets in 2018–19, Bridges averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game while appearing in all 82 games of the season. 

In 2019–20, Bridges started all 78 games he appeared in for Charlotte averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds per game as they secured their first playoff berth since 2004.

Miles Bridges was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of this year's draft. The 19-year-old forward is a consensus second-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten player from 2018. 

He scored 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in his collegiate debut against Temple University on November 12th.

Bridges has been impressive both at Michigan State and during summer league play for the LA Clippers so far this season; scoring 20 points on 11/14 shooting (5of 8 from three) with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes against Philadelphia 76ers last week.

Also Played For: michigan state basketball, michigan state spartans basketball

33. Damon Stoudamire

Damon Stoudamire Career

  • 1995–1998: Toronto Raptors
  • 1998–2005: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2005–2008: Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2008: San Antonio Spurs
  • As coach:
  • 2008–2009: Rice (director of player development)
  • 2009–2011: Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
  • 2011–2013: Memphis (assistant)
  • 2013–2015: Arizona (assistant)
  • 2015–2016: Memphis (assistant)
  • 2016–2021: Pacific
  • 2021–2023: Boston Celtics (assistant)
  • 2023–present: Georgia Tech

Damon Stoudamire was born on September 3, 1973 in Portland, Oregon. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Portland and played for the school's basketball team as a point guard.

After graduating from high school, he went on to play college ball at Arizona where he averaged 21 points per game over four seasons.

In 1995, after being drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 7th overall pick in the NBA draft, Damon started playing professional basketball and spent six years with that team before joining the Memphis Grizzlies in 2003.

Damon then moved to Brooklyn Nets before retiring from playing in 2008 following stints with two other teams (Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks). Currently, he is an assistant coach for Boston Celtics and has been since 2009\. 

Damon Stoudamire was a highly successful player in the NBA, winning several awards and accolades along the way. 

Damon played for five different teams during his playing career - Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Arizona Suns - before joining the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach in 2016.

Damon is best known for his time with the Portland Trail Blazers where he helped lead them to their first-ever championship in 2005. He also won two consecutive All-Star Games (2004 and 2005) while with San Antonio Spurs. 

In 2009, Damon became head coach of Rice University's basketball team after spending one season as an assistant coach with Memphis Grizzlies - however he resigned from this position following just one season due to personal reasons unrelated to coaching duties. 

Outside of basketball, Damon has been involved in a number of charitable organisations throughout his career including Project Kids Outreach which helps children living on welfare turn their lives around through education and mentorship programs;

 Feeding America which feeds hungry Americans every day; and United Way Worldwide which raises money for local charities across North America.

Also Played For: portland trail blazers

34. Bill Russell

Boston Celtics

Bill Russell Career

  • 1956–1969: Boston Celtics
  • As coach:
  • 1966–1969: Boston Celtics
  • 1973–1977: Seattle SuperSonics
  • 1987–1988: Sacramento Kings

Bill Russell was one of the greatest players in NBA history, winning 12 championships with the Boston Celtics. 

He was also a successful coach, leading the Boston Celtics to more titles than any other team he coached.

In 1966, he became head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and led them to two consecutive Finals appearances before retiring in 1988. Bill Russell has been inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Football League Hall of Fame.

Bill Russell is considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He won 11 championships with the Boston Celtics and was also a five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star.

Bill Russell became an icon for civil rights when he led the Boston Celtics to victory in their historic 1966–67 season, which included a victory over segregationist Philadelphia 76ers.

After retiring as a player, Bill Russell served as head coach of both the Celtics and Seattle SuperSonics before eventually returning to coaching his alma mater, UCLA Bruins, where he remains currently coaching team today.

Also Played For: march madness, bleacher report nba

35. Artis Gilmore

Artis Gilmore Career

  • 1971–1976: Kentucky Colonels
  • 1976–1982: Chicago Bulls
  • 1982–1987: San Antonio Spurs
  • 1987: Chicago Bulls
  • 1988: Boston Celtics
  • 1988–1989: Arimo Bologna

Artis Gilmore was a 7-foot-2 center who played in the NBA for parts of 11 seasons. He won two championships with the Chicago Bulls and helped pave the way for stars like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Gilmore is also known for his intangibles, such as his toughness and leadership abilities on the court. After retiring from playing in 1989, he spent several years working as an assistant coach with various teams before becoming head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2011.

In 2016, Gilmore was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History by ESPN magazine. Gilmore was a ten-time All-Star and five-time MVP in the ABA, which made him one of the greatest players in league history. 

He led the Chicago Bulls to two championships and helped lead Boston to an NBA championship.

After playing nine seasons with Chicago, Gilmore retired in 1987 due to injuries. In his later years, he worked as a broadcaster for TNT and served as commissioner of the USBL (United States Basketball League) from 2001 until his death in 2016 at age 83.

Also Played For: american basketball association, chicago bulls

36. David Robinson

San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson Career

  • 1989–2003: San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson was a dominant center in the NBA for many years. He is best known for his time with the San Antonio Spurs, where he won five championships.

Robinson also played for the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors in his career. 

He has been selected to several All-Star teams and has received numerous awards, including three MVPs.

David Robinson retired from playing in 2003 after winning another championship with San Antonio that year David Robinson is a retired American professional basketball player who was one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA.

He won two championships with the San Antonio Spurs and was also named MVP for both seasons. 

David Robinson is widely considered one of the best defensive players in history and led his team to five consecutive all-defensive teams, including 1992 when he was voted into the league's first All-NBA First Team.

David Robinson also enjoyed great success on offense, averaging 22 points per game throughout his career.

Which makes him one of only four players ever to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per season in an NBA career (the other three being Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain). 

On September 25th 2003, David Robinson was honored with induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class alongside such luminaries as Julius Erving, George Gervin and James Worthy.

Also Played For: basketball, san antonio spurs

37. Zion Williamson

Duke Blue Devils men's basketball

Zion Williamson Career

  • 2019–present: New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson is a very talented player and he has shown that throughout his career. He was drafted first overall in the 2019 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans and has since started playing for them.

Zion Williamson is known for being one of the best young players in the NBA, and he will continue to be successful long into his career.

 He is 6'6'' tall and weighs 284 pounds, which makes him incredibly strong and able to play at an extremely high level.

Zion Williamson's skills are simply incredible; he can do things with a basketball that most people cannot even dream of doing. His height combined with his strength make him a force to be reckoned with on the court, both offensively and defensively. 

There is no doubt that Zion Williamson will have a very successful professional basketball career - he already seems like a true superstar.

Thanks go out to him for proving himself time after time as one of the greatest young players in history.

Also Played For: new orleans pelicans, western conference

38. Toni Kukoč

Toni Kukoč Career

  • 1985–1991: Jugoplastika
  • 1991–1993: Benetton Treviso
  • 1993–2000: Chicago Bulls
  • 2000–2001: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2001–2002: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2002–2006: Milwaukee Bucks

Toni Kukoč is one of the best players to ever play in the NBA. He was a six time All Star and won two championships with the Chicago Bulls. Kukoč played for several different teams during his career, but he is most well-known for his time with the Chicago Bulls.

Kukoč was born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia but moved to America when he was young and started playing basketball there. 

After playing college ball at Jugoplastika (Croatian national team) he entered the NBA in 1990 and quickly became one of its stars. 

He retired from professional basketball in 2006 after spending 11 seasons with three different teams - Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat - all winning titles along the way..

Toni Kukoč is a former professional basketball player who played for several teams in Europe and the United States. 

He was most notable for his time with the Chicago Bulls, where he won three NBA championships. Kukoč was born in Yugoslavia but played for various European teams before joining the Bulls in 1993. 

He helped lead Chicago to its first championship win that year and then repeated as champions in 1996 and 1998. After leaving Chicago, Kukoč spent some time with other teams before retiring from playing professionally in 2003 at age 36.

Since retirement, he has worked as a commentator for Slovenian television networks Sport Klub Ljubljana and Mladina TV Koroška during game broadcasts. 

In 2008, Toni Kukoč was one of 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors chosen by FIBA Europe magazine editors following the conclusion of the 2007–08 season.

Also Played For: fiba

39. Tayshaun Prince

Small forward

Tayshaun Prince Career

  • 2002–2013: Detroit Pistons
  • 2013–2015: Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2015: Boston Celtics
  • 2015: Detroit Pistons
  • 2015–2016: Minnesota Timberwolves

Tayshaun Prince was a versatile small forward who played for the Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers. 

Prince averaged 18 points per game over his career while shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range.

He was inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and is also a two-time All-Star selection (2006, 2008). 

After retiring as a player in 2016, Prince joined the Grizzlies' front office as vice president of basketball affairs. Tayshaun Prince was a five-time All-Star and one of the best players in NBA history.

He won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Tayshaun also had success with the Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, and Detroit Pistons before retiring in 2016. 

Prince is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame nominee and is widely considered to be one of the greatest shooting guards ever to play in the NBA.

Tayshan was born on September 13th, 1982, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Also Played For: detroit pistons, kentucky basketball

40. Cameron Plain

Cameron Plain Career

  • 2015–2017: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2015–2017:Oklahoma City Blue
  • 2017–2019: Chicago Bulls
  • 2017–2018:Windy City Bulls
  • 2019: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2019–2020: Shanxi Loongs
  • 2020: Texas Legends
  • 2020–present: Phoenix Suns

Cameron Payne is a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. He was drafted 14th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2015 NBA draft and has played with them since then.

Payne has a strong shooting ability, averaging over 36% from three point range throughout his career so far. In 2017, he led Oklahoma City to their first ever playoff appearance, where they were defeated 4–1 by Golden State Warriors in the second round.

Outside of playing basketball, Cameron Payne also owns an apparel company called "The Koozie" which provides comfortable clothing for athletes during games and workouts alike Cameron Plain is a 6-foot-10 power forward from Oklahoma City, and he was one of the top recruits in the Class of 2015.

He played for two seasons at Oklahoma City before transferring to Blue in 2017. In his lone season with Blue, Plain averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds per game while helping them make it to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 16 seed. 

After playing just one season at Illinois State, Plain signed with Cleveland on July 11th 2019 and will join their summer league team this upcoming offseason.

Also Played For: a.f.c. bournemouth, murray state racers basketball

41. Tristan Thompson

Power forward

Tristan Thompson Career

  • 2011–2020: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2020–2021: Boston Celtics
  • 2021–2022: Sacramento Kings
  • 2022: Indiana Pacers
  • 2022: Chicago Bulls

Tristan Thompson was drafted fourth overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played college basketball at Texas before being selected by the Cavs.

Thompson has appeared in over 800 regular season games and scored more than 20,000 points during his career. 

In 2017, he signed with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent and helped them to win two championships that year.

Thompson is currently a free agent and is rumoured to be joining either the Los Angeles Lakers or Philadelphia 76ers this offseason. Thompson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

Thompson has had a successful career as a member of the Cavs, winning two championships and being an All-Star multiple times. 

He is known for his strong defense and rebounding abilities, which have led to him averaging 11 rebounds per game over his career so far.

Thompson also stands out offensively due to his ability to score from anywhere on the court, making him one of the most versatile players in all of basketball.

Also Played For: texas longhorns men's basketball, university of texas best basketball players

42. Dave Cowens

Center

Dave Cowens Career

  • 1970–1980: Boston Celtics
  • 1982–1983: Milwaukee Bucks
  • As coach:
  • 1978–1979: Boston Celtics
  • 1984–1985: Bay State Bombardiers
  • 1994–1996: San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
  • 1996–1999: Charlotte Hornets
  • 2000–2001: Golden State Warriors
  • 2006: Chicago Sky
  • 2006–2009: Detroit Pistons (assistant)

As a player, Dave Cowens was known for his hustle and play-making ability. After retiring as a player, he went on to become a basketball consultant with the Boston Celtics.

In 2005, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. Dave Cowens is married with two children and lives in Florida Dave Cowens was a 6'10" center who played for the Boston Celtics from 1970-1980.

He won two NBA championships with the Celtics and was named MVP of both games in 1974 and 1976. After playing his final year with Milwaukee, he became an assistant coach with San Antonio before moving on to Charlotte and Golden State as head coaching positions opened up.

Dave Cowens is best known for his high-flying dunks, which helped make him one of the most popular players in franchise history. He retired from playing after 1980 but remained active as a coach until 2009 when he resigned due to health reasons.

Also Played For: florida state university basketball

43. Isaiah Thomas

Point guard

Isaiah Thomas Career

  • 2011–2014: Sacramento Kings
  • 2014–2015: Phoenix Suns
  • 2015–2017: Boston Celtics
  • 2017–2018: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2018: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2018–2019: Denver Nuggets
  • 2019–2020: Washington Wizards
  • 2021: New Orleans Pelicans
  • 2021: Grand Rapids Gold
  • 2021: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2021–2022: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2022: Grand Rapids Gold
  • 2022: Charlotte Hornets

Isaiah Thomas is a veteran point guard who has played in the NBA for six seasons. He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011 and spent three seasons with them before being traded to the Washington Wizards in 2016.

In 2018, he led Washington to an appearance in the playoffs and earned his first career All-Star nomination. 

Thomas signed a two-year contract with Boston Celtics in 2019 and will be their starting point guard this season Isaiah Thomas spent six seasons with the Sacramento Kings before being traded to Phoenix in 2014.

In his two years with Phoenix, he was an All-Star and won a championship. After spending one season with the Boston Celtics, Isaiah was traded to Cleveland in 2017 where he led the Cavaliers to their first ever NBA Finals appearance. 

He then signed with the Lakers for the 2018-2019 season but missed most of it due to injury. 

Thomas has been incredibly productive throughout his career averaging 27 points per game over 6 seasons which includes 2 All-Star appearances and 1 championship victory (which came as a member of Cleveland). 

Isaiah is known for his explosive scoring ability both from inside and outside of the arc; this has earned him numerous accolades including 2nd all time in 3 point field goals made.

With only 4 years left on his contract, we can expect big things from "The King" as he looks to cement himself among history's greatest players.

44. Willis Reed

New York Knicks

Willis Reed Career

  • 1964–1974: New York Knicks
  • As coach:
  • 1977–1978: New York Knicks
  • 1981–1985: Creighton
  • 1985–1987: Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
  • 1987–1988: Sacramento Kings (assistant)
  • 1988–1989: New Jersey Nets

Willis Reed was a dominant center in the NBA for many years. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1964 and played for them until 1974. Reed is best known for his role in helping lead the New York Knicks to their first championship in 1973.

After playing basketball, Reed began coaching and has been successful with teams both at the college level and professional levels over the last few decades. 

Willis Reed was an All-Star player for the New York Knicks, and he is most famous for his game winning shot in the 1970 NBA Finals.

Willis Reed also won two championships with the Knicks, and he was a key member of both teams. 

After playing eleven seasons in the NBA, Willis Reed retired from professional basketball in 1978. In later life, Willis Reed served as a coach for several different teams before retiring again in 1988.

Today, Willis Reed is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA.

45. Nick Van Exel

Nick Van Exel Career

  • 1993–1998: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1998–2002: Denver Nuggets
  • 2002–2003: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2003–2004: Golden State Warriors
  • 2004–2005: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2005–2006: San Antonio Spurs
  • As coach:
  • 2009–2010: Texas Southern (assistant)
  • 2013–2014: Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
  • 2014–2015: Texas Legends (assistant)
  • 2015–2016: Texas Legends
  • 2016–2019: Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
  • 2021–present: Atlanta Hawks (assistant)

Nick Van Exel was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks. He played professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cincinnati Kings from 1993 to 2006.

Nick Van Exel is originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin and attended St Joseph's High School in Kenosha. 

After playing collegiately at Trinity Valley CC, he was drafted by the LA Lakers in the second round of the 1993 NBA draft but never played a game with them due to injury before being traded to Cincinnati midway through his rookie season.

In his six-year career, he averaged 11 points and four assists per game while shooting 42% from three-point range Nick Van Exel was a nine-time All-Star and played for the Lakers, Nuggets, Mavericks, Warriors and Spurs over a 15 year career. 

Nick Van Exel won an Olympic gold medal with the United States in 1996. He retired from professional basketball in 2003 after suffering multiple knee injuries which ended his playing days early.

In 2009 he became head coach of Texas Southern University where he led them to two NCAA tournament appearances before being hired by the Milwaukee Bucks as assistant coach in 2014.

 He has since been promoted to Assistant Coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and is currently coaching Atlanta Hawks.

Also Played For: cincinnati bearcats men's basketball

46. Luke Kennard

Shooting guard

Luke Kennard Career

  • 2017–2020: Detroit Pistons
  • 2017–2018:Grand Rapids Drive
  • 2020–2023: Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2023–present: Memphis Grizzlies

Kennard is a shooting guard from Franklin, Ohio who played college basketball for Duke. 

He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2017 and has since played for the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.

Kennard is known for his three-point shooting ability and solid defense. Kennard was a consensus second-team All-American in 2017, and first team all ACC. 

Kennard won the ACC Tournament MVP award in 2017 and was also named McDonald's All American that year.

Kennard played for Ohio State from 2014 to 2015 where he averaged 14 points per game and 6 assists per game as a sophomore before entering the NBA draft.

Also Played For: duke university

47. Derek Fisher

Point guard

Derek Fisher Career

  • 1996–2004: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2004–2006: Golden State Warriors
  • 2006–2007: Utah Jazz
  • 2007–2012: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2012: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • 2012: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2013–2014: Oklahoma City Thunder
  • As coach:
  • 2014–2016: New York Knicks
  • 2019–2022: Los Angeles Sparks

Derek Fisher was born on August 9, 1974 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock and played for the Lakers' academy team before entering the NBA.

Fisher made his NBA debut with the Lakers in 1996 and went on to play for the Thunder, Mavericks, Kings, and Knicks in a 17-year career. He retired in 2014 after playing for the Knicks. Fisher has since been appointed head coach of the Lakers.

He has won two championships as a player and four as a coach. Fisher was a key part of three consecutive championship teams with the Lakers from 2000-2002. 

Fisher then had a successful four-year stint with the Warriors, where he was part of two consecutive playoff appearances.

After a year with the Jazz, Fisher returned to the Lakers and helped lead them to three more championships in 2007-2012. 

Fisher then spent two years with the Thunder before moving on to the Mavericks, where he won a championship in 2013. Fisher then returned to the Lakers as the new head coach in 2014, and has led them to two playoff appearances.

Fisher will retire after the 2019-2022 season. Fisher was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

Fisher is a two-time Olympic gold medalist as a player for the U.S. men's basketball team. Derek Fisher is one of the most successful and respected coaches in the history of the NBA.

48. Manu Ginóbili

Shooting guard

Manu Ginóbili Career

  • 1995–1996: Andino
  • 1996–1998: Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca
  • 1998–2000: Viola Reggio Calabria
  • 2000–2002: Virtus Bologna
  • 2002–2018: San Antonio Spurs

Manu Ginóbili is a former shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. Ginóbili played for the Andino team before joining the Spurs in 1995. 

Ginóbili is a three-time NBA champion, with titles in 2002 and 2005 with the Spurs, and in 2016 with the Argentina national team.

Ginóbili was a member of the silver medal-winning Argentine team at the 2004 Olympic Games. Ginóbili has been a special advisor to the Spurs since 2017. 

Manu Ginóbili was born on July 28, 1977 in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Ginóbili stands at 6 ft 6 in and weighs 205 lb. Ginóbili played his entire professional career with the Spurs, retiring in 2018.

Ginóbili is a three-time NBA champion, with titles in 2002 and 2005 with the Spurs, and in 2016 with the Argentina national team. 

Manu Ginóbili is a retired Argentine-Italian professional basketball player who spent his entire career with the San Antonio Spurs. He is a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA All-Star, and two-time All-NBA Third Team player.

He was also an Italian League champion, Italian Cup winner, and Italian League MVP. Manu Ginóbili was born on October 17, 1976, in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. 

He played for the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) before joining the San Antonio Spurs in 1998. He is a very versatile player, being able to play both the point and the shooting guard positions. 

He retired from professional basketball in 2018 after spending his entire 20-year career with the Spurs. Manu Ginóbili is married to Vanessa, with whom he has two daughters.

49. Avery Johnson

Point guard

Avery Johnson Career

  • 1988: Palm Beach Stingrays
  • 1988–1990: Seattle SuperSonics
  • 1990: Denver Nuggets
  • 1991: San Antonio Spurs
  • 1992: Houston Rockets
  • 1992–1993: San Antonio Spurs
  • 1993–1994: Golden State Warriors
  • 1994–2001: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2001–2002: Denver Nuggets
  • 2002–2003: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2003–2004: Golden State Warriors
  • As coach:
  • 2004–2005: Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
  • 2005–2008: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2010–2012: New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets
  • 2015–2019: Alabama

Avery Johnson played professional basketball for over 20 years, including 14 seasons as a point guard with the Dallas Mavericks and six seasons as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Johnson is widely regarded as one of the best point guards in NBA history, and he was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011. Johnson led Dallas to the 1994 NBA Finals, and he was named the NBA Finals MVP.

Johnson coached the Mavericks to the 1999 NBA Finals, but Dallas lost to the Utah Jazz. Johnson was named the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2002, and he led Milwaukee to the playoffs seven times in his eight seasons as coach.

Johnson was fired by the Milwaukee Bucks in May 2016 after two seasons. Johnson has since been hired as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. Avery Johnson played professional basketball for over 20 years and coached for over 10 years.

Avery Johnson was an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks for four seasons before becoming head coach of the New Jersey Nets in 2010. 

In 2015, Avery Johnson was hired as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Avery Johnson has led the Crimson Tide to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the 2017 Final Four.

Avery Johnson is considered one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, and his teams have consistently been among the most successful in the nation. 

Avery Johnson is a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, having won the award in 2006 with the San Antonio Spurs and in 2016 with the Golden State Warriors. 

Avery Johnson has also been nominated for the National Coach of the Year Award, and he has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Avery Johnson is a tireless workaholic, and he is known for his outstanding coaching skills and for his ability to connect with his players. Avery Johnson is a highly respected figure in the NBA, and he is widely considered to be one of the best coaches in the history of the sport.

50. Dick Barnett

Dick Barnett Career

  • 1959–1961: Syracuse Nationals
  • 1961–1962: Cleveland Pipers
  • 1962–1965: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1965–1973: New York Knicks

Dick Barnett was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in 1959, and played for the team from 1959 to 1973. He is most famous for his time with the Lakers, where he won 3 NBA championships.

Barnett also played for the Cleveland Pipers and the Los Angeles Stars in the American Basketball Association. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Barnett currently resides in Indiana, and is a basketball coach and assistant coach at his alma mater, Theodore Roosevelt High School. Barnett was 86 years old at the time of this writing.

Barnett was a two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks in the early 1970s. He led the Knicks in scoring both seasons and was an all-star in both 1968 and 1973. Barnett also won two ABL championships and was twice named to the All-ABL first team.

He was the 12th player in Knicks history to be retired and is the most decorated player in the team's history. Barnett was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. He currently works as a commentator for NBA on TNT. 

Barnett is also the author of a memoir, "No Way Out: My Life in Basketball." He is married and has two children. Barnett continues to work actively in the NBA community, serving on the Board of Governors for the National Basketball Players Association.

51. Julius Randle

New York Knicks

Julius Randle Career

  • 2014–2018: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2018–2019: New Orleans Pelicans
  • 2019–present: New York Knicks

Julius Randle was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1994. He attended high school at Prestonwood Christian in Plano, Texas. Randle played college basketball for Kentucky.

Randle was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA draft and has since played for the team. Randle is known for his explosiveness and scoring ability in the paint.

Randle has been a key player for the Lakers over the past two seasons. Randle is expected to be a cornerstone of the Lakers' future. Randle has been married to his wife, Tanaya, since 2016.

Randle is an American citizen. Julius Randle is a former McDonald's All-American who has played for the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. Randle has been a part of the Pelicans and Lakers teams that have both made the playoffs.

Randle is a versatile player who can score inside and outside the paint. Randle is a two-time All-Star and was named an All-NBA Second Team player in 2021.

Randle is a strong defender who is always hustling on the court. Randle is currently a member of the New York Knicks.

Also Played For: nba isolation

Final Words

The National Basketball Association has seen its fair share of talented left-handed players since its inception in 1896. Some of the most famous lefties include Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan.

While left-handed players are not as prevalent in today’s NBA, there are still a few standout lefties playing in the league. Some of the best left-handed players in the NBA include Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Klay Thompson.

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Morgan Wolf

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