10 Christian basketball players who are talking about their faith on the world stage

Basketball has become one of the most talked about sports on the planet, with the NBA in particular soaring in popularity.

With the eyes of the world gravitating more and more towards the sport, players’ voices are being heard louder than ever.

Here are 10 basketball players who are using their powerful voice to share the good news of Jesus:

1. Steph Curry

The Golden State legend has always been very open about his faith in Jesus.

He even displays it on the court, famously wearing shoes with ‘4:13’ printed on them, referring to a specific verse in Philippians:

‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’

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The NBA star also has a special affinity to Romans 8:28 thanks to his devout Christian mom.

The verse says: ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

Curry explained: “My mom messaged over and over and over and over again, Romans 8:28, and that was the verse that she spoke life into me.

“To me, that was something that I really believed.

Whatever I put my mind to, whatever I decided, I was going to really work it and have that spirit of accomplishment.”

You can watch Steph Curry talking about his faith here:

2. Kevin Durant

Durant has previously spoken about his beliefs and how they shape his life both on and off the court.

In an interview with Beyond the Ultimate, Durant spoke openly about what his faith means:

“I read my Bible now all the time.

“The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best, but it also tells me more about the Lord and how I can live for Him and what all He has done for me.

“I’m not perfect by any means. I have a long way to go to become close to the Lord, but hopefully, I can continue to stay on that path.

“I just want to grow spiritually with the Lord and get to know Him as well as I can.”

The 6′ 10 scoring machine’s tattoos also point to his faith in God.

The NBA superstar has “Walk by faith not by sight” tattooed just above his right hip.

This is a reference to 2 Corinthians 5:7, which says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Durant also has a tattoo of a cross just below his ribs and a portrait of Jesus on his back.

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3. Andre Iguodala

The four-time NBA champ is a follower of Jesus and has spoken about his faith on the biggest of stages.

After winning the 2015 NBA Finals, Iguodala stood at the podium and used his platform to point people back to Jesus.

“We got a team full of believers.

“We all go to chapel before every game.

“We all believe and we all say God has a way for you — a purpose for you. This is my purpose.”

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The Warriors legend has also previously spoken about the importance of showing God’s love on the court:

“We need to be salt for God. We’re just trying to be flavorful salt.

“When people see us, when we’re on the court, we want them to see God’s word.

“We want to be a good representation of what we believe in,” he said.”

You can watch Beyond The Ultimate’s interview with Iguodala here:

4. Jeremy Lin

The popular ex-NBA star now plays basketball in Taiwan as he continues to live his life for Jesus.

Throughout his illustrious career, the now 34-year-old was also keen to emphasize that his identity isn’t based on his talent.

“Just because I had a good game doesn’t change who I am.

“My identity is in Christ and not in basketball.

“I love playing basketball and it’s my job but at the same time I recognize that I’m a sinner and that’s not gonna change regardless of how well I play on the court.”

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After deciding to start his new life in Taiwan, Lin set out three goals for the remainder of his career.

One of which was to ‘use my bball to give God glory and praise’.

He was named P League+ Player of the Month in March 2023.

You can watch Lin’s amazing talk about how his faith helped him deal with anxiety here:

5. Dwight Howard

The eight-time All-star also now plies his trade in Taiwan, playing for the Taoyuan Leopards.

It was during his time in the NBA however, that Howard first sought to spread the good news of Jesus:

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“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.”

In an interview with CBN Howard added: “Man, [Jesus is] just my rock. My foundation when things are going wrong, when I’m at a bad place when I’m sad, I feel like he’s there.

“He hurts when I sin, but instead of him turning his back on me, he’s like, ‘Hey, come back. I still love you. I’m not going to leave. I’m here for you.”

You can watch CBN’s full interview with Dwight Howard about his Christian faith here:

6. Emmanuel Mudiay

The ex-Knicks star now plays for the Iowa Wolves in the NBA G League.

Born in Congo, the Point Guard has previously opened up about his difficult childhood growing up without a father figure:

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“It was tough. Like I said, Mom was playing mom and dad.

“But like I said, we relied on our faith a lot. She’s big in her Christian faith, and I am too now.

“She always used to say like, “Even though you don’t have your father, God’s your father.”

“So I just relied on Him. Honestly, it was tough, but my brothers and I, we had to grow up really really tough really early, so responsibilities came at a young age.”

7. Damian Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers star recently posted about striving for ‘real growth’ in his faith.

The 32-year-old talked about spending time with Christian author Jason Wilson and quoted Corinthians 15:33:

‘Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”’

damianlillard on Instagram: Do not be misled…Bad Company corrupts good character. – Corinthians 15:33

And it’s not the first time Lillard has opened up about his battle with faith.

In an interview with The Athletic, he said:

“We are going to have to answer to Him one day.

“[God] will ask: ‘Did you live for me? Did you do stuff the way I would have liked you to do it?’

“When that time comes, I really want to say I tried, and I really want to give thanks and really be into the Word.”

8. Jonathan Isaac

The Orlando Magic star has already had a very testing career aged just 25.

After nearly two and a half years on the sidelines due to a knee injury, Isaac returned in January 2023, but would soon face another season-ending injury, tearing his adductor muscle to rule himself out for the remainder of the year.

The NBA star recently released a book about his faith titled ‘Why I Stand‘, in which he talks about his struggles with anxiety:

jonisaac_01 on Instagram: Storms won’t last always! Continue to focus on the good and let God finish writing the story! 💪🏾👊🏾

“I finally said, ‘Wow, God, you love me for me. I don’t have to work for it. I don’t have to be perfect.

“I was so used to walking around with so much anxiety and trying to plan what I would say, plan what I would do, because I didn’t want anybody to reject me.

“So it was the first time in my life that I could take a breath and be like, ‘I’m okay. God loves me for me. I don’t have to perform. I don’t have to make a shot.”

You can watch TBN’s interview with Jonathan Isaac about his Christian faith here:

9. AJ Griffin

The Atlanta Hawks rookie is incredibly outspoken about his firm faith in Jesus.

In an interview with 247 Sports, Griffin said:

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“I feel like everyone needs a relationship with God.

“For me, I believe in Jesus Christ and what He’s done in my life; I want that to happen to others too.

“I was in a bad place when I was going through injuries, and He’s the one that helped me through it.

“He’s the one that got me out of that situation and really made me a better person.”

10. Ja Morant

The Memphis Grizzlies star has always been very vocal on social media about his love for God.

Morant often tweets about trusting in God’s timing:

‘God’s timing is always perfect. Trust his delays. He got you. 🙏🏽⏳’

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As well as encouraging his followers with various bible verses:

‘Today’s Verse: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.’

‘(Philippians 4:6) Today’s Message: Refuse to worry. Trust God’s timing. He knows what’s best for you!’

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3 thoughts on “10 Christian basketball players who are talking about their faith on the world stage”

  1. Bonnie Gardiner

    I’d like to buy my nephew a magazine that focuses on Christian basketball players. Is there such a thing out there?

  2. Colette L Lundstrom

    You can add Coby White of the Bulls to your sports and faith list. After the Bulls won over the Atlantic Hawks on 4/17/24, Coby was interviewed and his first words were, ” I give all glory to God – my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him none of this would have been possible.” Wow – Good for you, Coby!!!

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