You may have followed the NBA season after season, watching the great players perform night in and night out. However, are you aware of when these great players are born? Well, wonder no more. In this series, we have researched popular NBA players born in March. And for fun, it will then be up to you to decide if a team of best players born from this month could hold their own against the rest.
What Month are Most NBA Players Born In?
The most common NBA birthdays happen in the month of March. There is no clear-cut explanation why is this so. That means most NBA players are conceived around July and are born nine months later. With this in mind, it’s worthy to note that June is the most preferred wedding month of practically almost all races. If couples are still on honeymoon up until the next month, then it makes sense if they conceive around that time.
What NBA Players are Born in March?
Current NBA Players Born in March
Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors (March 14, 1988)
Curry is probably the most recognizable face in the NBA outside of LeBron James. He was the only unanimous MVP in league history and already had three championships under his belt. Without a shadow of a doubt, Stephen Curry is one of the most popular of all NBA players born in March all time.
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers (March 11, 1993)
AD is one of the most physically gifted and naturally talented players of this generation. Health is the only issue about Davis, but when he’s on the floor, he’s one of a few basketball players who could legitimately give you 25-12-5 along with a couple of blocks and steals on any given night.
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (March 16, 1994)
Embiid might win his first MVP this year along with the scoring title. That’s how his season has been going. In numbers, that looks like 30 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists per game.
Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets (March 23, 1992)
If anything, Kyrie is probably the guard version of Anthony Davis. He is an insane scorer and probably got the best handles in the history of professional basketball. Offcourt issues and injuries are the main red flags about Kyrie, but the fact is, he is one of the best pure scorers in the NBA right now.
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics (March 3, 1998)
At 24 years old, Tatum is already a three-time All-Star and a third-team All-NBA. Playoff success will ultimately decide what type of player Tatum is, but there is no doubt about his pure scoring capabilities.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (March 4, 1990)
DG is the heart and soul of the Warriors. Because of what he can do on both sides of the floor, Golden State state is a legit championship contender whenever he takes the court. Green is a three-time NBA champion, four-time NBA All-Star, and the 2017 DPOY.
Other popular NBA players born in March:
- Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat (March 25, 1986)
- Zach Lavine, Chicago Bulls (March 10, 1995)
- Blake Griffin, Brooklyn Nets (March 16, 1989)
- Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets (March 23, 1990)
- Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets (March 21, 1998)
- Cam Johnson, Phoenix Suns (March 3, 1996)
- Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers (March 24, 1996)
- Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers (March 4, 1997)
- Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics (March 6, 1994)
- Josh Hart, Portland Trail Blazers (March 6, 1995)
- Tristan Thompson, Chicago Bulls (March 13, 1991)
- Mason Plumlee, Charlotte Hornets (March 5, 1990)
- Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons (March 12, 1994)
- Landry Shamet, Brooklyn Nets (March 13, 1997)
- Marvin Bagley III, Detroit Pistons (March 14, 1999)
- Tim Hardaway, Jr. Dallas Mavericks (March 16, 1992)
- Reggie Bullock, Dallas Mavericks (March 16, 1991)
- Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets (March 17, 1994)
- Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles Clippers (March 18, 1997)
- TJ McConnell, Indiana Pacers (March 25, 1992)
- Justice Winslow, Miami Heat (March 26, 1996)
- Wenyen Gabriel, Los Angeles Lakers (March 26, 1997)
- Justin Jackson, Dallas Mavericks (March 28, 1995)
- Max Strus, Miami Heat (March 28, 1995)
Retired NBA Players Born in March
Anyone born after 2000 knows who Shaq is. Otherwise, they are not just paying any attention or are entirely detached from the modern world. Since his retirement, Shaq was visible on TV, advertising media, and even on movies. But whatever he’s done off the court, Shaq is just as successful in it. He was a three-time Finals MVP, one-time league MVP, a four-time champion, 15-time NBA All-Star, and 14-time All-NBA selection.
The Jazz legend holds two All-time records that may never be broken. Stockton is the all-time leader in steals and assists. On the way, he accumulated 10 All-Star selections, 11 All-NBA nods and made it to an All-NBA defensive team five times.
Big Mo is probably the most underrated big man ever, as most all-time lists often fail to mention how great he was. That’s really odd since Malone is a three-time league MVP and a 12-time NBA All-Star.
Riley’s NBA career as a player dwarfs compared to his coaching tenure, but he is still one of the most recognized and well-respected names in basketball. He was named coach of the year three times and won five NBA championships as a coach and two more as an executive.
Other retired popular NBA players born in March:
- Jason Kidd (March 23, 1973)
- Chris Bosh (March 24, 1984)
- Chris Webber (March 1, 1973)
- Austin Carr (March 10, 1948)
- Larry Johnson (March 14, 1969)
- Kyle Korver (March 17, 1981)
- Jamal Crawford (March 20, 1980)
- Shawn Bradley (March 22, 1972)
How Do NBA Players Celebrate Their Birthdays?
1. Shaquille O’Neal
Everything related to Shaq must be big and the same goes for his birthday celebration (or more like birth month celebration). O’Neal celebrated his 50th birthday this year at Miami steakhouse Prime 112, which was decorated with decades of basketball memorabilia as a show of respect to the basketball legend.
And if you want to go way back, Shaq dropped his career-high 61 right on his 28th birthday. Poor Keith Closs.
2. Chris Bosh
3. Joel Embiid
The big man is such a troll that he can’t even help trolling himself. Embiid posted a picture of his crazy hairstyle on Instagram two years ago on his birthday. This year, the MVP frontrunner dropped 35 points, 17 rebounds, and five dimes on the day he turned 28.
4. Anthony Davis
It must have felt good when your teammate and probably the best player in the world serenades you with the “Happy Birthday.” This year, though, AD celebrated his birthday either in crutches or walking boots after sustaining a pretty serious ankle sprain from a while back.
5. Steph Curry
Back in 2018, the Golden State Warriors celebrated Curry’s birthday with what was described as “wild craziness.” It was an elaborate surprise party from the time and probably the best part of all, they held no practice on that day. And of course, there were everybody else, and Klay Thompson.
Klay gotta be the most fun dude to party with in the NBA. Mans almost broke his ankle going so hard 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/RBgiBkWKAR
— miko (@mikodotb) March 13, 2018
Wrapping Things Up: Popular NBA Players Born in March
March is the most common birth month among NBA players. The list of popular NBA players born in March is nothing short of remarkable– Steph Curry, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, etc. The retired players include the great Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone, Chris Webber, Chris Bosh, and Jason Kidd. From the looks of it, it’s super hard to beat that list of March NBA birthdays.
Cover photo by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / modified from original