How Many NBA Christian Players Are You Aware Of?

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There Are Many More NBA Christian Players!

Yet like many Christians in our society, many keep a lower profile about their faith for whatever reason they have. On this page, you will learn about 8 NBA Chrisitan Players that are not shy and use their popularity and superstar platform to share the good news of the GOSPEL with the world.

 

 


 

NBA Christian Players

I had always loved NBA basketball ever since 1969 when I was nine years. Being a Christian for many years now, I look at basketball differently than I once did. I still really LOVE basketball, but now I look at the players not only for the fantastic athletic dunks, flashy moves, 3 point long-range shots, and all the rest of the skills and abilities of the NBA players, but now, as I have gotten older I also look at their personal life such as being Christian, how they live their lives, how they talk and handle themselves with the media and what they do for the good of the community.
NBA players can quickly get wrapped up in the spotlight and fame and forget their humble roots. Now, more and more Christian players choose to honor God on and off the basketball court and through their talents. They are sharing their faith with people who possibly may have never gotten to know Jesus otherwise. These NBA Christian players of faith are not shy in their convictions. They live their lives for God by giving back to charity, speaking the Word on social media platforms, and sharing their faith with teammates, coaches, and fans. Below you will find a list of NBA Christian players scoring big on the hardwood courts and in the lives of countless NBA fans in the world.


Pete Maravich

Pete Maravich NBA Christian Player

I Remember Being Amazed Watching Pistol Pete!

Pete Maravich how he was like a magician on the basketball court in the 1970s. That was after dominating the college scene at LSU.  Pistol Pete was a master of shooting, passing, and razzle-dazzle. Maravich was awarded an NBA All-Star five times while playing with the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Jazz. After his fantastic basketball career was over, he found real peace in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. One of his new Christian friends was Dr. James Dobson from Focus on the Family.

What Do You Need To Do?

Pistol Pete said, “You don’t have to be at a Billy Graham crusade. You don’t have to be in church. It can be just like I was. It can be anywhere you want—if that is what you want. But He will open that door—He will come in if you just invite him. I would like to give everybody in here who does not know Christ. If you’re not ashamed that you know Christ 100 percent here today, you can cement that relationship—right now, right where you are. I know without a doubt 100 percent I am assured of my salvation. There is no doubt, not one within my mind. I know. There were times before that I did not. There’s nothing wrong with that. But you can diminish it.”

Do You Want To Know Jesus?

I’m just simply going to ask that you repeat a prayer that I’m going to lift up to the Lord. You can say it in your heart. You can say it silently right where you are. But don’t say it; don’t repeat it unless you want to know Him because the most incredible privilege of this life is to know Him.

Consider This Prayer!

“Father. Thank you for sending your Son to pay the penalty for my sin. Right now, Lord, I am naked before you. For you only look at my heart. I ask you right now, Lord, to forgive my son. And I know Lord that as you forgive my sin—that sin that you forgave; that you went to the cross for—is from past, present, and future. I believe that rose from the dead. And right now, I ask you, Jesus, to come into my life. I thank you for coming into my life. Make me, Lord, that person that you want me to become. Amen.”

Once Saved, You Are Always Saved!

I want you to know that if you said that prayer. If you said it seriously. I want you to know that if you confessed it, that you believe in your heart that you are saved this day forever. No one can ever take that away from you. And I only ask this, that you go to a Bible-believing church, read your Bible. For you see, physically we must eat, or we weaken ourselves and dry up. Spiritually if you’re not in the word of God, your soul will dry up, and temptation will become even greater to you.

Are You A Secret Admirer Of Christ?

You see, the Bible says in Matthew 10:32-33, “Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, I will confess him before the Father who is in heaven. And whoever shall deny me before men, I will deny him before the Father who is in heaven.” You can’t be a secret admirer of Christ, and you shouldn’t want to be. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. To have eternal life sure isn’t going to go against the grain, but that’s your public commitment.
God bless all of you. Thank-you. – Pistol Pete Maravich

Here Is A Video Of Pete Maravich’s Testimony!

 

 


 

 

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry NBA Christian Player
I believe that Steph Curry is probably one of the most amazing shooters of all time. You can put an outspoken believer on the list. Not only does Steph point people to Christ in many interviews, but he literally does it after almost every three-pointer he makes. Curry says he hits his chest to represent that his heart is God’s, and he points to heaven to remind himself that he’s playing for Him.

 

Sharing Stephen’s Faith!

Stephen Curry said, “Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent, who I believe in.” Curry says that he gave his life to Christ and now has an obligation to share the Word with others, such as his teammates. Curry once said, “There’s more to me than just the jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me.”

I Can Do All Things!

Stephen Curry is a superstar, and two-time MVP point guard is an outspoken Christian who wears Scripture on his playing shoes that says, “I can do all things,” referring to Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”)

Pointing People To Jesus!

Curry wrote that he loves to point people toward “the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in Heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or a trophy could ever top.”

Who Am I?

I love it when Curry says, “There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me.

Stephen Curry Career Regular Season Stats

 

Watch Stephen Curry’s Testimony!

 

 


 

David Robinson

David Robinson NBA Christian Player

David Robinson, Otherwise Known As The “Admiral,”

David was a gentle giant with great finesse and mobility. He was a fantastic athlete that got his professional start in the NBA in the 1980s. David played center for the San Antonio Spurs and is known for many accomplishments as a player. Being included in the 1992 Olympics on the “Dream Team” was outstanding. In San Antonio for well over a decade, Robinson was part of two championship teams and even won the league MVP award in 1995.

Reaching Out To Others!

His many contributions to the community and the world have extended far beyond his athletic accomplishments as Robinson has engaged in several humanitarian ventures over the years, so many in fact that the NBA Community Assist Award includes a plaque that bears his name.
You can have it all!
David Robinson is a Christian man and is always ready to show it. In an interview, he stated that he had it all in his first year in the NBA: the house, the money, fans…everything.

Something Was Missing!

But he knew he was missing something, and that is when he found God. David said, “I just fell on my knees, and I started crying, saying ‘God, I am so sorry! You’ve blessed me incredibly, given me so much, everything I have, and I’ve never honored You, never. I never thanked You, never anything really. I’ve been like a spoiled kid in the house. You’ve been blessing me, and I’m just running around doing what I want to do.’ I said, ‘from here on, Lord, everything I have is Yours. Wherever You want me to go, I’ll go. Whatever You want me to say, I’ll say. Lord, just let me walk with You.’”

Many Parts To The Body!

In the same interview, David discusses the body of Christ and how we all have a place in it, and it may not be in the pulpit. It may be in ushering. He talks about how your place in the body of Christ is important because God put you there. David is an excellent example of what a Christian man should look like, and we can learn a lot from him by his faithfulness to Jesus.

David Robinson Career Regular Season Stats

 

Watch This Testimonial Video Of David Robinson!


 

Kevin Durant

 

Kevin Durant NBA Christian Player

NBA Star Kevin Durant Can Remain Humble

“The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best,” Durant told Beyond the Ultimate. “But it also tells me more about the Lord and how I can live for Him and what all He has done for me.” Durant grew up in a Christian home, led by a single mom, but fell out of church attendance in middle and high school. Later, when he played the Thunder, he teamed up with teammate Kevin Ollie who encouraged him to attend chapel services and be unafraid to voice his faith. Durant now shares his faith regularly on and off the court.

On Fire For Christ!

Kevin Durant plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and not only is he their star player, but he is also on fire for Christ!  In an interview, Kevin stated his faith in a real, transparent way.  He said, “I’m not perfect at all by any means. I’ve got a long way to go to become closer to the Lord, but hopefully, I can continue to stay on the path. I might take a few steps forward and take a couple of steps back and take some steps forward, but I want to get better.”

Humility Comes Before Honor!

The 2014 MPV and four-time scoring champion play alongside Stephen Curry on the Golden State Warriors. When they won the NBA championship,  they said it is God who gets the glory. Durant said the Bible pumps him up and balances him to play his best. “The Bible says the Lord exalts humility, and that’s one thing I try to be all the time. Humility comes before honor.”

Kevin Durant Career Regular Season Stats

 

Here Is A Concise Testimony From Kevin Durant!


 

A.C. Green

A.C. Green NBA Christian Player

The Iron Man! We all know that consistency and loyalty are great qualities for both a basketball player and a believer. That’s what makes A. C. Green such a good choice for this list of Christian basketball players. Green was nicknamed “Iron Man,” based on the impressive run, having played 1,192 straight games. Green is long retired but still active as a Christian man of faith who speaks about Christ as a community leader. He works with youth through his A.C. Green Youth Foundation.

Championship Living

In his book called “Victory: The Principles of Championship Living,” Green said, “God expects us to reproduce in others what we have learned.” A.C. Green was also known to remain a virgin during his playing career because of his faith in God. Green was able to win three NBA championships in his 16 years of playing professional basketball.

A.C. Green Career Regular Season Stats

 

Watch This Video Of A.C. Green!


 

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin NBA Christian Player

While Jeremy Lin’s “Linsanity” hit the NBA and now has passed by, his faith in God has remained more robust than ever. Formerly a part of the NY Knicks, he now plays as a Houston Rockets guard. He is a very vocal player in the NBA that you will find when it comes to his faith in God.
Jeremy faced some difficult times while on his journey to get into the NBA but didn’t give up on his faith. He proved to others that if you stick with God, He will bless you in many ways in His time and His will. Lin once said, “But the one thing I can promise is that God’s bigger and better than anything that can happen.” Linsanity has come and gone, but Jeremy’s faith has remained firm and steadfast, and you will find his faith in God something inspirational.

 

My Faith!

“I’ve learned how to be open and bold about my faith, but in terms of my influence, I just try to lead in a godly way. What that means for me is to serve them, whether it’s just doing the dirty work, like cleaning up sweat on the floor, or deferring to other people, or carrying equipment bags.”

“I Need To Be In The Word Daily.

I read and pray in the morning and at night. It helps me get off to a good start in the morning, and at night I look back at what happened during the day.”

Most Rewarding!

“I think one of the most rewarding experiences in life is to see people come to Christ and make lifestyle changes. When that happens, you definitely see God behind it. This year we’ve seen eight students make first-time decisions for Christ, and when I see that, it’s a great feeling. I’m really thankful that God is changing somebody, or sometimes he’s changing me.”

At The End Of The Day!

I have to remember my calling. My purpose on this earth is to glorify God in what I do, and right now, that calling is to play basketball.” “For me to remember to play for an audience of One, for God, that was liberating for me to kind of lift that burden off of me for me to remember why I am playing.”I’m just thankful to God for everything,” Lin said. “Like the Bible says, God works in all things for the good of those who love Him,” referring to Romans 8:28. “I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God who does miracles.”

Jeremy Lin Career Regular Season Stats

 

Listen To Jeremy Lin’s Testimony!


Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard NBA Christian Player

Dwight Howard Center-Forward For The Houston Rockets. 

He is by far one of the most vocal athletes in the NBA about his faith!  When asked about using his platform to affect lives, he said, “I’m down to earth. I’m laid back. I just like to make sure people smile. Everybody needs to realize that it doesn’t matter how old you are or how young you are. You still can be a Christian and live for God. It’s not easy, but that’s why we have God’s word, and He forgives us when we do something we shouldn’t be doing. You know, God sent His son to die for us, and He paid that sacrifice so you can go to Heaven.”

Jesus Paid The Price!

You know, God sent His son to die for us, and He paid that sacrifice so you can go to Heaven.” These are compelling words coming to form an athlete. Living as a Christian, he said, “It’s not easy, but that’s why we have God’s word, and He forgives us when we do something we shouldn’t be doing. You know, God sent His son to die for us, and He paid that sacrifice so you can go to heaven.”

Dwight Howard Career Regular Season Stats

 

Testimonial Video Of Dwight Howard!


Bill Greguska

Bill Greguska Basketball Testimony

Unfortunately, I Was Not In The NBA…

But I dreamed about it while growing up in the Milwaukee area, bouncing a basketball down the alley and playing at Hart and Enderis parks besides other gathering spots. I was about nine years old when it seemed as though I had a basketball attached to my hand. I was born into a good family. I had one brother and two sisters, and I was the youngest. We went to church. I did not lack accept attention that I got from basketball. Unfortunately, I made basketball my god. And in time, I learned that was a big mistake.
Bill Greguska blocking a shot of Allan Iverson

Then I Got Addicted To Both Drugs And Alcohol!

This ended any future hope I had to play basketball in college and made it, so the only reason I made varsity my junior year was because of my reputation. I was so out of shape from abusing alcohol and drugs my sophomore summer. It was unfortunate to see what my addictions did to me. Or should I say that I allowed them to do it to me? Because of my addictions, I got in trouble with the law and even ended up in jail.

In 1997 I Got Married When I Was 37 Years Old

I raised a son, and ten years later, my wife divorced me. It was a dark time in my life, but God was faithful and walked with me every step of the way. He put some wonderful people in my life, such as my mom, Pastor Ron, and Sue Sauer, Mark Mallwitz, and a few others.

When I Reflect On My Life!

The most important thing I did in my life was not playing basketball, quitting drugs and alcohol, or stopping getting into trouble with the law, or that I got married and raised a son and daughter. All those things are all good things. I will tell you how I see it that the most important thing I did in my life was introduced to Jesus Christ and decided with my own free will and the Holy Spirit’s prompting to start to follow Jesus. And that is what I did, and I am still doing all these years. I am not sinless, but I can say for sure. I sin less.

Accepting And Following Jesus!

This was the most logical thing for me to do. His teaching made sense to me. I did not accept Jesus the first time someone talked with me about Him, but finally, after having my last bout of trouble with the Law in 1986, I was placed in long-term treatment for alcohol and drugs. I can remember the very last day that I did any drugs, and right then, It came to me like turning on a light switch. I cried out to God to help me stop, and sure enough, that day was the last time I used drugs or alcohol since June 25th, 1986. What happened was that I turned my back to alcohol and drugs and opened my arms to God, and submitted my life to Him.

My Life Changed!

 From then on, God worked on my heart little by little, helping me change how I lived by the process, which is called regeneration. God mentally, emotionally, and spiritually freed me. I then realized that days add up to weeks, weeks added up to months, and months added up to years.

I Can Not, Or Will Not Promise

That if you accept Jesus right this minute, that your life will be free of worries, problems, or pain. BUT, I can promise you that you will have an advocate to help you through all your difficulties through prayer and having the opportunity to read His word to supply the strength and wisdom we all need in this crazy world we all live in.

I Ask You To Think About What I Have Shared!

Then grab on to the opportunity to be forgiven for your past, present, and future sins and live the life the way God intended for you and me to live while here on earth and eventually with Him when He calls us home to be with Him in heaven. If you are ready to decide to follow Christ, then today may be the day for you to do so!

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