Basketball is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the Philippines, with amateurs, professionals, and even local celebrities participating. Apart from being simple to learn, the sport fits very well in the Philippines because of its strategic and dynamic aspect, making the game enjoyable for players and spectators.
Here are the 10 Filipino-American Basketball Players
Nate Robinson, the reserve player for the Boston Celtics, confirmed on Dime Magazine’s website that he is 1/8 Filipino. Rafe Bartholomew, the author of “Pacific Rims,” mentioned in an interview that Renee Busch, the mother of the 5-9 guard, revealed her Filipino heritage through her grandfather.
Personal Information Born: May 31, 1984 (age 39) Seattle, Washington Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) NBA draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall Nationality: American
In 2020, DJ Mitchell, a Filipino-American shooting guard for the Hartford Hawks, neared the realization of his dream as his team reached the championship game of the America East conference.
Personal Information Full Name: Donovan Mitchell Born: Mar 12, 1997 (age 26) Melbourne, Australia Height: 6 ft 8 in NBA draft: 2022 NBA Draft Nationality: Australian
Kihei Clark attributes his Filipino heritage to his mother, Sharon, whose family originally hails from Ilocos but later relocated to Hawaii. Nalu and Shaka are his two brothers.
Personal Information Born: January 25, 2000 (age 23), Tarzana, Los Angeles, California Height: 5 ft 10 in Nationality: American
Roland Hepa, the father of Kamaka Hepa, proudly embodies a rich cultural background with his mixed Hawaiian and Filipino ethnicity. Born and raised in the enchanting town of Kapa’a, Hawaii, Roland Hepa carries the vibrant heritage of Hawaiian and Filipino traditions.
Personal Information Born: January 27, 2000 (age 23) Utqiaġvik, Alaska Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Nationality: American
Born to a Filipina mother and an American father, Jarod Lucas eats, sleeps, and breathes sports with the rest of his household. His dad Jeff is a high school basketball coach and a physical education teacher.
Personal Information Born: December 7, 1999 (age 24) Whittier, California Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Nationality: American
Ron Harper Jr.
Ron Harper, his father, was an All-American college basketball player at Miami (Ohio) and a 15-year NBA veteran who won five NBA championships. Maria (née Pizarro), his mother, is from the Philippines and played college basketball for New Orleans before going on to teach.
Personal Information Born: April 12, 2000 (age 23) Paterson, New Jersey Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Nationality: American
Pierre-Louis’ lineage reflects a fascinating blend of cultures, as his mother possesses a quarter Filipino heritage, while his great-grandmother boasts full-blooded Filipino ancestry. Regrettably, Pierre-Louis finds himself without a Filipino passport, which would be a requisite for him to join the esteemed Gilas squad, should he develop an interest in representing the Philippine national team.
Personal Information Born: May 8, 2001 (age 22 years old) Height: 6 ft 4 in NBA draft: Draft Eligible in 2024 Nationality: American
Raymond Townsend was born in San Jose, California. He is half-Filipino; Townsend’s mother, the former Virginia Marella, is a Filipina from Balayan, Batangas, while his father, Ray Sr., is American.
Personal Information Born: December 20, 1955 (age 67), San Jose, California Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) NBA draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall Nationality: Filipino / American
Green’s mother, Bree Puruganan, has Filipino descent through her grandfather. Marcus Green, his stepfather, went to Washington Union High School in Fresno and played basketball with NBA player DeShawn Stevenson.
Personal Information Born: February 9, 2002 (age 21) Merced, California Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) NBA draft: 2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall Nationality: American
Jordan Taylor Clarkson, an esteemed professional basketball player of Filipino-American descent, currently demonstrates his exceptional skills as a member of the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association. Wikipedia
Personal Information Born: June 7, 1992 (age 31), Tampa, Florida, United States Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) NBA draft: 2014 (Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall) Nationality: Filipino / American
The NBA has seen a significant presence of players with Filipino heritage who have made remarkable contributions to the sport. These athletes also serve as cultural ambassadors, proudly representing their Filipino roots in the global basketball arena. Their success is a testament to the talent and diversity within the Filipino community and their enduring impact on basketball.