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The NBA Origins Database


Where do modern NBA players come from?

This feature details where the 335 current players on NBA rosters born since 1983 came from.

The information is broken down to where the player was at about age 13 or 14, i.e., when he started high school (but before he was shipped off to a basketball mill prep school). Links for all information are underlined below:

#1 The Northeast (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and eastern Pennsylvania): 42 (12.5% of overall, 14.6% of U.S.)

#2 The Pacific Southwest (California, Arizona and Nevada): 41 (12.2%, 14.2%)

#3 The Central Midwest (Illinois, Indiana and Michigan): 32 (9.6%, 11.1%)

#4 The Atlantic Southeast (Georgia and Florida): 25 (7.5%, 8.7%)

#5 The Mid Atlantic (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia): 25 (7.5%, 8.7%)

#6 The Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas): 25 (7.5%, 8.7%)

#7 The Deep South (Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi): 21 (6.3%, 7.3%)

#8 The Western Midwest (Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa): 17 (5.1%, 5.9%)

#9 The Carolinas (North Carolina and South Carolina): 16 (4.8%, 5.6%)

#10 The Eastern Midwest (Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia): 16 (4.8%, 5.6%)

#11 The Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon and Idaho): 15 (4.8%, 5.2%)

#12 The Great White North (Canada and Alaska): 5 (1.5%, 1.7%)

#13 The Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and New Mexico): 4 (1.2%, 1.4%)

#14 New England (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont): 3 (0.9%, 1.0%)

#15 The Great Plains (Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas): 0

—  Foreign Born with No USA High School: 48 (14.3% of overall)


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By State:

California: 37 (12.8% of U.S.)
New York: 20 (6.9%)
Texas: 18 (6.3%)
Illinois: 17 (5.9%)
Georgia: 15 (5.2%)
Maryland: 14 (4.9%)
New Jersey: 13 (4.5%)
North Carolina: 12 (4.2%)
Washington: 11 (3.8%)
Indiana: 10 (3.5%)
Florida: 10 (3.5%)
Pennsylvania: 10 (3.5%)
Louisiana: 9 (3.1%)
Ohio: 9 (3.1%)
Missouri: 7 (2.4%)
Tennessee: 6 (2.1%)
Virginia: 6 (2.1%)
District of Columbia: 5 (1.7%)
Michigan: 5 (1.7%)
Minnesota: 5 (1.7%)
Wisconsin: 5 (1.7%)
Alabama: 4 (1.4%)
Oklahoma: 4 (1.4%)
Oregon: 4 (1.4%)
South Carolina: 4 (1.4%)
Arkansas: 3 (1.0%)
Colorado: 3 (1.0%)
Kentucky: 3 (1.0%)
West Virginia: 3 (1.0%)
Arizona: 2 (0.07%)
Massachusetts: 2 (0.07%)
Mississippi: 2 (0.07%)
Nevada: 2 (0.07%)
Alaska: 1 (0.03%)
Iowa: 1 (0.03%)
New Hampshire: 1 (0.03%)
New Mexico: 1 (0.03%)


By Foreign Nation (HS outside of USA):

France: 8
Canada: 4
Spain: 4
Italy: 3
Turkey: 3
Australia: 2
Congo: 2
Georgia: 2
Lithuania: 2
Montenegro: 2
Russia: 2
Yugoslavia: 2

One player: Bosnia, Brazil Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Iran, Israel, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ukraine

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