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20+ Muslim Players in NBA This Season and in the Past [Update]

Muslim players in NBA – National Basketball League (NBA) is considerdd as the premier basketball league in the world. NBA held in North America, consist of 30 teams. There are hundreds of basketball players around the world who compete in NBA, including muslim basketball players too.

Throughout its history, there are several NBA muslim players. In NBA this season, there are at least more than 10 muslim NBA players. Some of them is an American citizen, but others are come from Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France, Nigeria, Germany, Senegal and others.

In the past, some notable example of muslim players in NBA such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon widely known as top NBA players. In this present days, muslim NBA players keep give influence and contribution to their respective teams.

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List of NBA Muslim Players

There are several muslim players in NBA in recent years. Some notable example of NBA muslim player are Enes Kanter, Dion Waiters and Omer Asik. Here are full list of NBA muslim players in recent years along with their information (date of birth, nationality, height, position and career history).

Enes Kanter

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Date of Birth : May 20, 1992
Nationality : Turkey
Height : 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Fenerbahce (2008-2009)
  • Utah Jazz (2011-2015)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (2015-2017)
  • New York Knicks (2017-present)

Dion Waiters

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Date of Birth : December 10, 1991
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Position : Shooting guard
Career history :

  • Cleveland Cavaliers (2012-2015)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (2015-2016)
  • Miami Heat (2016-present)

Dennis Schroder

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Date of Birth : September 15, 1993
Nationality : Germany
Height : 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Position : Point guard
Career history :

  • Phantoms Braunschweig (2010-2013)
  • Atlanta Hawks (2013-present)

Al-Farouq Aminu

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Date of Birth : September 21, 1990
Nationality : USA/Nigeria
Height : 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Position : Forward
Career history :

  • Los Angeles Clippers (2010-2011)
  • New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2011-2014)
  • Dallas Mavericks (2014-2015)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (2015-present)

Jusuf Nurkic

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Date of Birth : August 23, 1994
Nationality : Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height : 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Cedevita (2012-2014)
  • Denver Nuggets (2014-2017)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (2017-present)

Omer Asik

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Date of Birth : July 4, 1986
Nationality : Turkey
Height : 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Fenerbahce (2005-2006, 2007-2010)
  • Alpella (2006-2007)
  • Chicago Bulls (2010-2012, 2018-present)
  • Houston Rockets (2012-2014)
  • New Orleans Pelicans (2014-2018)

Gorgui Dieng

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Date of Birth : January 18, 1990
Nationality : Senegal
Height : 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Minnesota Timberwolves (2013-present)

Kenneth Faried

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Date of Birth : November 19, 1989
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Position : Power forward
Career history :

  • Denver Nuggets (2011-present)

Ersan Ilyasova

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Date of Birth : May 15, 1987
Nationality : Turkey
Height : 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Position : Power forward
Career history :

  • Yesilyurt (2003-2004)
  • Ulkerspor (2004-2005)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (2005-2007, 2009-2015)
  • FC Barcelona (2007-2009)
  • Detroit Pistons (2015-2016)
  • Orlando Magic (2016)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (2016)
  • Philadelphia 76ers (2016-2017, 2018-present)
  • Atlanta Hawks (2017-2018)

Salah Mejri

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Date of Birth : June 15, 1986
Nationality : Tunisia
Height : 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Etoile Sportive du Sahel (2006-2010)
  • Antwerp Giants (2010-2012)
  • Obradoiro CAB (2012-2013)
  • Real Madrid (2013-2015)
  • Dallas Mavericks (2015-present)

Mirza Teletovic

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Date of Birth : September 17, 1985
Nationality : Bosnia & Herzegovina
Height : 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Position : Power forward
Career history :

  • Sloboda Tuzla (2002-2004)
  • Telindus Oostende (2004-2006)
  • Saski Baskonia (2006-2012)
  • Brooklyn Nets (2012-2015)
  • Phoenix Suns (2015-2016)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (2016-2018)

Rondae-Hollis Jefferson

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Date of Birth : January 3, 1995
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Position : Small forward
Career history :

  • Brooklyn Nets (2015-present)

Past Muslim Players in NBA

Here are some famous muslim basketball players who ever play in NBA. Several players such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon often considered as the best muslim NBA players of all time.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Date of Birth : April 16, 1947
Nationality : USA
Height : 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989)

Hakeem Olajuwon

Date of Birth : January 21, 1963
Nationality : Nigeria/USA
Height : 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Position : Center
Career history :

  • Houston Rockets (1984-2001)
  • Toronto Raptors (2001-2002)

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Date of Birth : March 9, 1969
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Position : Point guard
Career history :

  • Denver Nuggets (1990-1996)
  • Sacramento Kings (1996-1998)
  • Fenerbahce (1998-1999)
  • Vancouver Grizzlies (2000-2001)
  • Ural Great (2003-2004)
  • Sedima Roseto (2004-2005)
  • Aris BC (2006-2007)
  • Al-Ittihad (2007-2008)
  • Kyoto Hannaryz (2009-2011)

Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Date of Birth : December 11, 1976
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Position : Power forward
Career history :

  • Vancouver Grizzlies (1996-2001)
  • Atlanta Hawks (2001-2004)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (2004-2005)
  • Sacramento Kings (2005-2008)

Rasheed Wallace

Date of Birth : September 17, 1974
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Position : Power forward
Career history :

  • Washington Bullets (1995-1996)
  • Portland Trail Blazers (1996-2004)
  • Atlanta Hawks (2004)
  • Detroit Pistons (2004-2009)
  • Boston Celtics (2009-2010)
  • New York Knicks (2012-2013)

Tariq Abdul-Wahad

Date of Birth : November 3, 1974
Nationality : France
Height : 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Position : Shooting guard
Career history :

  • Sacramento Kings (1997-1999)
  • Orlando Magic (1999-2000)
  • Denver Nuggets (2000-2002)
  • Dallas Mavericks (2002-2003)

Mustapha Shakur

Date of Birth : August 18, 1984
Nationality : USA
Height : 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Position : Point guard
Career history :

  • Prokom Trefl Sopot (2007-2008)
  • TAU Ceramica (2008-2009)
  • Panellinios (2009)
  • Tulsa 66ers (2009-2010, 2014)
  • Rio Grande Valey Vipers (2010-2011)
  • Washington Wizards (2011)
  • Pau-Orthez (2011)
  • Novipiu Casale Monferrato (2011-2012)
  • Sidigas Avellino (2012-2013)
  • Erie BayHawks (2013-2014)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (2014)
  • Tadamoun Zouk (2014)
  • Neptunas Klaipeda (2014-2015)
  • MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg (2015-2016)
  • Afyonkarahisar Belediyespor (2016-2017)
  • S. Oliver Wurzburg (2017)
  • Oklahoma City Blue (2018-present)

Those are list of active muslim players in NBA in this season and also past muslim players too. Those list is based on various source. In this season, some NBA Islam players still give their contribution to their respective teams in NBA.

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