10 Famous NBA Players with Filipino Blood

Basketball is by far the most popular sport in the Philippines, with amateurs, professionals, and even local celebrities taking part. 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 both players and spectators.

Here are the 10 Filipino-American Basketball Players

    1. Nate Robinson

      Nate Robinson

      Boston Celtics reserve Nate Robinson was once quoted on Dime Magazine’s website as confirming he’s 1/8 Filipino and “Pacific Rims” author Rafe Bartholomew said the 5-9 guard’s mother Renee Busch mentioned in an interview that her grandfather was Filipino.

      Personal Information
      Born:May 31, 1984 (age 37) Seattle, Washington
      Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
      NBA draft:2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
      Nationality:American
    2. DJ Mitchell

      DJ Mitchell

      DJ Mitchell, a Filipino-American shooting guard for the Hartford Hawks, came close to making his dream come true in 2020 when his team got to the championship game of the America East conference.

      Personal Information
      Full Name:Donovan Mitchell
      Born:Mar 12, 1997 (age 25) Melbourne, Australia
      Height:6 ft 8 in
      NBA draft:2022 NBA Draft
      Nationality:Australian
    3. Kihei Clark

      Kihei Clark

      Kihei Clark traces his Filipino ancestry via his mother Sharon, whose family was originally from Ilocos but later relocated to Hawaii. Nalu and Shaka are his two brothers.

      Personal Information
      Born:January 25, 2000 (age 22), Tarzana, Los Angeles, California
      Height:5 ft 10 in
      Nationality:American
    4. Kamaka Heba

      Kamaka Heba

      Roland Hepa, Kamaka Hepa’s father, is of Hawaiian and Filipino ethnicity and hails from Kapa’a, Hawaii.

      Personal Information
      Born:January 27, 2000 (age 22) Utqiaġvik, Alaska
      Height:6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
      Nationality:American
    5. Jarod Lucas

      Jarod Lucas

      Born to a Filipina mother and an American father, Jarod Lucas eats, sleeps, and breathes sports, along 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 22) Whittier, California
      Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
      Nationality:American
    6. Ron Harper Jr.

      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 22) Paterson, New Jersey
      Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
      Nationality:American
    7. Josh-Pierre Louis

      Josh-Pierre Louis

      Pierre-Louis’ mother is a 1/4 Filipino and his great grandmother is a full-blooded Filipino but unfortunately, he does not have a Filipino passport to play for the Gilas squad if ever he might get interested in playing for the Philippine national team.

      Personal Information
      Born:May 8, 2001 (age 21 years old)
      Height:6 ft 4 in
      NBA draft:Draft Eligible in 2024
      Nationality:American
    8. Raymond Townsend

      Raymond Townsend

      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 66), San Jose, California
      Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
      NBA draft:1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
      Nationality:Filipino / American
    9. Jalen Green

      Jalen Green

      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 20) Merced, California
      Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
      NBA draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
      Nationality:American
    10. Jordan Clarkson

      Jordan Clarkson

      Jordan Taylor Clarkson is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He was born in Tampa, Florida to African-American Mike Clarkson and Annette Tullao Davis, of partial Filipina descent. His mother Marcelina Tullao Kingsolver is originally from Bacoor, Pampanga, Philippines. Wikipedia

      Personal Information
      Born:June 7, 1992 (age 29), Tampa, Florida, United States
      Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
      NBA draft:2014 (Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall)
      Nationality:Filipino / American

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Those are your 10 Famous NBA Players with Filipino Heritage. Who is your Filipino-American NBA player? Let us know in the comment section.

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