NBA Player Origins

The hometowns of every single NBA player.

*The map above shows where every NBA player is from and highlight's each US region (plus Toronto) with more than 5 players.

Which region produces the best NBA talent? In order to answer that we have split the players into 62 different regions and quantified their team strength using each player's Crafted Wins Above Replacement metric. To create the regions, we started with a map from the Washington Post, that divided the USA into 50 regions based on the main city/cities "gravitational pull". We then split up the foreign players into teams based on their regions. Click on a team's name to see it's players.

*quality = the team's combined WARP divided by their population

*population = the region's population, in millions

# Team playerspopulationteamwarpquality
1 LA 32 21.4 35.8 1.67
2 NYC 22 21.6 21 0.97
3 Chicago 20 10.4 24 2.31
4 Atlanta 19 9.1 18.9 2.08
5 DC/Baltimore 19 10.7 15.6 1.46
6 Raleigh/Greensboro 16 7.9 19.7 2.49
7 Toronto 15 11.2 11.2 1.00
8 Yugoslavia 14 22.1 20.6 0.93
9 Philadelphia 14 10.5 8.3 0.79
10 NOLA/Delta 14 21.4 5 0.23
11 Seattle 13 5.6 12.2 2.18
12 Memphis/Little Rock 12 4.7 7.9 1.68
13 Detroit/Toledo 12 9.4 15.5 1.65
14 Indianapolis 12 5.5 18 3.27
15 Central Europe 11 160.4 12 0.07
16 Central Florida 10 13.3 2.8 0.21
17 Western Europe 10 170.7 11.9 0.07
18 Dallas/Fort Worth 10 9.3 11.5 1.24
19 Charlotte 9 6.9 11.6 1.68
20 Kansas City 8 4.2 3.6 0.86
21 Boston 8 9.5 7 0.74
22 Houston 8 8.5 8.9 1.05
23 San Antonio/Austin 7 6.5 12.9 1.98
24 Twin Cities 7 6.5 4.7 0.72
25 St. Louis 7 4.7 13.3 2.83
26 Cincy/Columbus 7 7.9 5.3 0.67
27 West Africa 7 446.1 9.4 0.02
28 Milwaukee/Madison 7 4.9 7.4 1.51
29 Charleston/Savannah 6 3.9 7.1 1.82
30 The Islands 6 35.5 8.2 0.23
31 Oceania 6 25.9 8 0.31
32 Baltics/Helsinki 6 10.2 13.3 1.30
33 Turkey/Caucasus 6 94.4 2.7 0.03
34 Iberian Peninsula 6 66.2 2.7 0.04
35 Bay Area 5 13.4 6.9 0.51
36 Corn Belt 5 4.1 3.7 0.90
37 Phoenix 5 7.3 2.7 0.37
38 Portland 5 4.7 4.2 0.89
39 Deep South 5 6.2 3.3 0.53
40 Upstate NY 5 6.2 1.9 0.31
41 Miami 5 7.5 7 0.93
42 OKC/Tulsa 4 5.9 6.9 1.17
43 Cleveland 4 4 11.3 2.83
44 Louisville 4 4.3 3.4 0.79
45 Nashville 4 3.2 4.3 1.34
46 Richmond/Tidewater 4 4.1 4.6 1.12
47 Central Africa 3 135.7 0.3 0.00
48 Montreal 3 9 3.1 0.34
49 Denver/Front Range 3 5.8 5 0.86
50 Argentina 3 45.4 0.6 0.01
51 Eastern Europe 2 157.4 0.6 0.00
52 Pittsburgh 2 4.7 3.3 0.70
53 Salt Lake 2 3.1 0 0.00
54 Southern Europe 2 73.1 7.2 0.10
55 San Diego 2 3.8 3.6 0.95
56 Brazil 2 212.6 0.6 0.00
57 Japan 2 125.8 0.1 0.00
58 Las Vegas 2 3.3 0.4 0.12
59 Connecticut Valley 1 4.1 1.3 0.32
60 Middle East 1 1.7 NaN
61 Columbia Plateau 1 2.7 0.3 0.11
62 Alaska 1 0.7 0 0.00

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