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 29 21.4 66.1 3.09
2 NYC 23 21.6 46.1 2.13
3 Atlanta 19 9.1 37.7 4.14
4 DC/Baltimore 18 10.7 32.8 3.07
5 Chicago 16 10.4 38.5 3.70
6 Raleigh/Greensboro 16 7.9 36.9 4.67
7 Yugoslavia 14 22.1 42.7 1.93
8 Toronto 14 11.2 21.8 1.95
9 Detroit/Toledo 13 9.4 29.6 3.15
10 Seattle 12 5.6 23.3 4.16
11 Philadelphia 12 10.5 19 1.81
12 NOLA/Delta 12 21.4 14.5 0.68
13 Memphis/Little Rock 11 4.7 15.9 3.38
14 Central Europe 11 160.4 23.8 0.15
15 Indianapolis 10 5.5 29.1 5.29
16 Western Europe 10 170.7 19.3 0.11
17 Central Florida 9 13.3 4.2 0.32
18 Dallas/Fort Worth 9 9.3 19.8 2.13
19 Boston 8 9.5 11.4 1.20
20 Houston 8 8.5 17.6 2.07
21 Charlotte 8 6.9 18.3 2.65
22 Twin Cities 7 6.5 8.6 1.32
23 St. Louis 7 4.7 24.3 5.17
24 Cincy/Columbus 7 7.9 10.1 1.28
25 Milwaukee/Madison 7 4.9 17.1 3.49
26 The Islands 6 35.5 15.5 0.44
27 Kansas City 6 4.2 6.6 1.57
28 San Antonio/Austin 6 6.5 20.6 3.17
29 Oceania 6 25.9 11.4 0.44
30 Baltics/Helsinki 6 10.2 21 2.06
31 Turkey/Caucasus 6 94.4 3.3 0.03
32 Deep South 6 6.2 7.4 1.19
33 West Africa 6 446.1 22.1 0.05
34 Iberian Peninsula 6 66.2 3.7 0.06
35 Bay Area 5 13.4 9.8 0.73
36 Charleston/Savannah 5 3.9 13 3.33
37 Corn Belt 5 4.1 5.5 1.34
38 Upstate NY 5 6.2 4.3 0.69
39 Miami 5 7.5 9.5 1.27
40 OKC/Tulsa 4 5.9 13.3 2.25
41 Phoenix 4 7.3 4.7 0.64
42 Cleveland 4 4 22.3 5.58
43 Louisville 4 4.3 5.3 1.23
44 Nashville 4 3.2 8.4 2.63
45 Richmond/Tidewater 4 4.1 11.3 2.76
46 Portland 4 4.7 7.2 1.53
47 Central Africa 3 135.7 1 0.01
48 Montreal 3 9 5.7 0.63
49 Denver/Front Range 3 5.8 9.1 1.57
50 Eastern Europe 2 157.4 0.5 0.00
51 Pittsburgh 2 4.7 5.1 1.09
52 Argentina 2 45.4 0.7 0.02
53 Southern Europe 2 73.1 13.2 0.18
54 San Diego 2 3.8 4.9 1.29
55 Brazil 2 212.6 1 0.00
56 Japan 2 125.8 0.5 0.00
57 Las Vegas 2 3.3 1 0.30
58 Connecticut Valley 1 4.1 2.9 0.71
59 Middle East 1 2.8 NaN
60 Salt Lake 1 3.1 0.2 0.06
61 Columbia Plateau 1 2.7 0.3 0.11
62 Alaska 1 0.7 -0.1 -0.14

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