Where are NBA players born?

Where are NBA players born?

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* Unsurprisingly, the most populated state in the nation is also the birthplace for the most NBA players. There's 58 Californians in the league these days, far outnumbering Texans (22) and New Yorkers (21).

* There's eight states without a single NBA player. The most populous of the group is Connecticut, whose last NBAer was Ryan Gomes, a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013-14.

* Other states without current NBA representation are Hawaii (last NBA player was Cedric Ceballos in 2001), Montana (Adam Morrison, 2010), Nebraska (Fred Hoiberg, 2005), Kansas (Earl Watson, 2014), Maine (Jeff Turner, 1996), Delaware (Stephen and Joey Graham, 2011) and Vermont, who has never had an NBA player.

* DC has more NBA players per capita than any state in the country. For every 131,778 people in DC, there's one Washington native playing in the NBA. Louisiana comes the closest to that figure with 309,978 people per NBA player (or 3.22 NBAers per million people).

The smallest state with multiple NBA players, though, is North Dakota (population: 739,482) with two: Heat's Tyler Johnson and Bulls' Doug McDermott.

NEW YORK THE MECCA OF BASKETBALL?

* Talk about having more fame than game.

By far the most populated city in the States, New York clearly trails Los Angeles when it comes to producing NBA talent nowadays. There's only 12 players born in NYC in the league right now, compared to 20 Angelenos. Chicago and Philadelphia come right behind New York with nine and eight players, respectively.

New York could field a very strong starting five with Kemba Walker, Lance Stephenson, Carmelo Anthony, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, though.

* Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the 93rd largest city in the United States, but No. 7 in terms of NBA presence ahead of Houston or Phoenix. Brandon Bass, Marcus Thornton, Glen Davis, Robert Sacre, Langston Galloway and Garrett Temple were all born there.

* Austin, Texas is the most populous city in the United States without a single NBA player born in it.

* Eight of the 11 cities with the most players are home to NBA franchises. Baton Rouge, Baltimore and (ouch) Seattle are the only three in the Top 11 that don't have one.

* Denver, Salt Lake City and Orlando combine for three NBA teams and zero NBA players. Those are the only NBA cities without a single player.

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TORONTO MAKING NOISE

* Outside of the United States, Toronto is the city with the most NBA representation: Six players from the largest city in Canada in the league these days and they are all 23 or younger. That's quite a pipeline of NBA talent at this moment.

Melbourne (Australia) and Barcelona (Spain) come behind Toronto with three players each.

* There's two NBA players from Cayenne (French Guiana), which has a population of only 57,229. That would make it the smallest foreign city with multiple NBA players.

* The smallest city in the world with more than one player in the league? Casselberry, Florida (Chandler Parsons and Nick Calathes).

NBA PLAYERS * POPULATION ** NBA PLAYERS PER MILLION PEOPLE
1. California 58 38,802,500 1.49
2. Texas 22 26,956,958 0.81
3. New York 21 19,746,227 1.06
4. Indiana 16 6,596,855 2.42
4. Illinois 16 12,880,580 1.16
6. Louisiana 15 4,649,676 3.22
7. Washington 13 7,061,530 1.84
7. Ohio 13 11,594,163 1.12
7. Pennsylvania 13 12,787,209 1.01
7. Florida 13 19,893,297 0.65
11. Maryland 11 5,976,407 1.84
11. North Carolina 11 9,943,964 1.10
11. Georgia 11 10,097,343 1.08
14. Tennessee 10 6,549,352 1.52
14. Michigan 10 9,909,877 1.00
16. Missouri 9 6,063,589 1.48
17. Virginia 8 8,326,289 0.96
17. New Jersey 8 8,938,175 0.89
19. Mississippi 6 2,994,079 2.00
19. Alabama 6 4,849,377 1.25
21. DC 5 658,893 7.58
21. South Carolina 5 4,832,482 1.03
21. Minnesota 5 5,457,173 0.91
21. Wisconsin 5 5,757,564 0.86
25. Oregon 4 3,970,239 1.00
25. Massachusetts 4 6,745,408 0.59
27. Arkansas 3 2,966,369 1.01
27. Iowa 3 3,107,126 0.96
29. North Dakota 2 739,482 2.70
29. West Virginia 2 1,850,326 1.08
29. Oklahoma 2 3,878,051 0.51
29. Kentucky 2 4,413,457 0.45
29. Arizona 2 6,731,484 0.29
34. Wyoming 1 584,153 1.71
34. Alaska 1 736,732 1.35
34. South Dakota 1 853,175 1.17
34. Rhode Island 1 1,055,173 0.94
34. New Hampshire 1 1,326,813 0.75
34. Idaho 1 1,634,464 0.61
34. New Mexico 1 2,085,572 0.47
34. Nevada 1 2,839,099 0.35
34. Utah 1 2,942,902 0.33
34. Colorado 1 5,355,866 0.18
NBA PLAYERS * POPULATION **
1. Los Angeles 20 3,884,307
2. New York 12 8,405,837
3. Chicago 9 1,553,165
4. Philadelphia 8 1,553,165
5. Dallas 7 1,257,676
5. Indianapolis 7 843,393
7. Seattle 6 652,405
7. Baton Rouge 6 229,426
7. Memphis 6 653,45
7. Baltimore 6 622,104
7. Toronto 6 5,132,794
12. Houston 5 2,195,914
12. Atlanta 5 447,841
12. Washington 5 646,449
15. Long Beach 4 469,428
15. St. Louis 4 318,416

Keys: (*) As of February 13, 2015. (**) 2014 estimate.

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