There are two players. There have been two players born in Hawaii who have appeared in the NBA. Given such figures, dynamic forward Cedric Ceballos is regarded as the finest to come out of the state. He played for University of Hawaii during 1995-1999 and was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 28th pick in the 1999 NBA draft.
Ceballos' overall career average of 15.4 points per game isn't great, but he did play above average defense (5.7 rebounds per game) for his position. In addition, he made the All-Star team twice when he was a member of the Raptors.
The other Hawaiian player in the NBA is center Matt Kepner, who has appeared for the Los Angeles Clippers since 2008. Kepner went to high school in California but played college basketball at Pacific University in Oregon. He was not selected in the 2007 NBA draft but signed with the Philadelphia 76ers after going undrafted. In 2008, he was given a 10-day contract by the Clippers.
Kepner's career average of 4.0 points per game doesn't qualify him as a role model for young Hawaians, but he does work hard on the court and tries his best even though he's not really equipped to handle big men's minutes.
So far in the 2016-17 NBA season, 428 players have appeared in at least one game, with no state producing more than California. 46 (10.7 percent) of the players who have appeared in the NBA this season were born in California. Of those, nine are currently on an NBA roster.
The most famous Californian in sports is undoubtedly basketball player Michael Jordan. He was born in Chicago but grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina where he played high school basketball. After graduating from North Carolina State University in 1984, Jordan decided to try out for the NBA's Chicago Bulls. He made the team in 1989 and went on to become one of the best players in NBA history. Today, he is ranked by many experts as being among the top five ballplayers of all time.
Another famous basketball player from California is Kobe Bryant. He was born in Philadelphia but raised in Los Angeles. In 1996, when he was only 18 years old, Bryant led the University of Pennsylvania to its first NCAA championship in college basketball. Two years later, he became a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers and has been playing ever since. He is considered one of the greatest shooters of all time and was named MVP of the 2005 NBA season.
And finally, there is basketball player Shaquille O'Neal. He too was born in Philadelphia but raised in Compton, California.
Because of his ability to shoot three-pointers, he was dubbed "the Alaskan Assassin." When the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him 11th overall in the 1999 NBA draft, he became the league's first Alaskan-born player.
The first overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft was Charles Barkley from Tennessee. He is now one of the best power forwards in NBA history.
Jason Kidd is a former NBA point guard who played for the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, and Brooklyn Nets. He is currently an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets.
Kidd was born on January 4th, 1974 in Anchorage, Alaska but grew up in California's San Fernando Valley. His parents moved to Alaska when he was 10 years old so that his father could take a job with the Alaska National Guard. They lived in Anchorage until 1998 when they moved back to California. Jason attended Bishop Gorman High School in West Los Angeles where he led his team to the 1993 state championship game before losing to Montrose Christian School. He went on to play college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats, where he won two NCAA titles. As a rookie, he started at point guard for the Nets and helped them reach the playoffs for the first time since 1996. He also earned All-NBA First Team honors that year.