Current Overrated/Underrated Basketball Talent Cities
Hello, I have felt this way for a while. Does any body else feel like New York City is overrated? Who are the best pros latley? Odom, Artest, Kemba Walker, Stephenson, Earl Clark and Telfair. An ok list but not exactly the mecca of basketball.
Underrated to me is Los Angeles, just take a look at the players they have been producing the last couple of years. Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Paul George and Tyson Chandler were all All-Stars last year. Take into consideration other Los Angeles based players like Paul Peirce, Baron Davis, DeMar Derozan, Brandon Jennings, Nick Young, Andre Miller, Tayshawun Prince and Dorell Wright just to name a few.
What other cities does everyone think are underrated and overrated when it comes to producing basketball talent.
How about Seattle?
Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson, Rodney Stuckey, Aaron Brooks
Clark is not from New York City. He grew up and played high school ball in New Jersey.
NYC has BEEN overrated because their public league plays a poor brand of basketball and the majority of their best players leave to play elsewhere outside of the city. The streetball culture hit NYC hard and they're still recovering.
As for underrated I'd say Memphis. That city breeds basketball players. Just look at how many top 100 players from the class of 2013 are from there.
Dallas has produced all-stars such as Deron Williams, Lamarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh. They have also produced players such as Kenyon Martin, Jason Maxiell and Darrell Arthur to name a few
St. Louis produces some decent talent. Larry Hughes, David Lee, Bradley Beal, and Josh Harrellson. Los Angeles produces a ton of talent, but you also have to remember that they have more players as well.
So david lee and bradley beal, josh harrellson dosent count for much. Im not calling that a great basketball city. ps i think you forgot McLemore
Las Vegas is VERY underrated. Shabazz Muhammad, Stephen Zimmerman, Elijah Johnson, CJ Watson, Greg Anthony, Anthony Marshall, Marcus Banks, etc.
Chicago = Michael Finley, KG, Wade, Evan Turner, Anthony Davis, DERRICK ROSE
Up next= Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor
Wilt, Kobe, Earl Monroe,Rasheed Wallace,Eddie Griffen, Tyreke Evans, Dion Waters, Dajuan Wagner, Morris twins, Kyle Lowry,John Salmons,Wayne Ellington,Gerald Henderson,Hakim Warrick, Jameer Nelson, Malik Rose,Aaron Mckie,Cuttino Mobley, Mustafah Shakur,Maalik Waayns,Flip Murray,Alvin Williams, Hank Gathers,Rasual Butler
off the top of my head..prob missing people
I agree vastly underrated. Dajuan Wagner is from Jersey if I remember right
well he played hs ball in chicago so i would classify him as a chi town product
He played one year at Farragut. He isn't a Chicago product, he grew up in South Carolina and only left after his junior year because he was expelled.
Birdman, Jimmy Butler, Emeka Okafor, Kendrick Perkins, Daniel Gibson, Stephen Jackson, Gerald Green, Deandre Jordan, Rashard Lewis, TJ Ford, DJ Augustin
I'm from NYC and agree that our basketball talent pool is indeed overrated. The Big East was filled with kids from the NYC area, but few made it to the NBA.
I've always considered the Mid-Atlantic cities (i.e Baltimore and DC) to have produced the best players.
DC: KD, Hibbert, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Delonte West, Beasley
Baltimore: Sam Cassell, Juan Dixon, Rudy Gay, Melo, Selby, Will Barton, Jeff Green, Ty Lawson, Jarret Jack, Gary Neal, Grevis Vasquez,
Peoria has not produced much NBA talent per say but has produced a lot of good college players. AJ Guyton, Frank Williams, Sergio McClain, Marcus Griffin, Nathan Howard, David Booth, are some of the older names then some of the guys lately are Brian Randle, Mitch Gillfillian Jamar Smith, Shaun Livingston, DJ Ricardson, Max Bielfeldt. This list is not bad for a town the size of Peoria, and I'm probably missing a few names.
I wouldn't say California is underrated. Maybe that's because I'm from Cali but there has always been buzz about our players.
Shout out to the DMV, they seem to produce athletic scoring wings often. Melo, Durant, Gay, Beasley, Jeff Green, and to an extent Donte Green.
Indianapolis area players include: Mike Conley, Jr, Gordon Hayward, Eric Gordon, Jr, George Hill, Courtney Lee, Josh McRoberts, the Teagues (Jeff and Marquis), JuJaun Johnson, Gary Harris, Yogi Ferrell, and you could add Zach Randolph, E'Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, Deshaun Thomas, Mitch McGary, Glen Robinson III, and the Zellers and the Plumlees if you expand a little further out from Indy.
NYC is down in the talent area point blank. The basketball is at an all time low here. Our top prosepects no longer play here they either go to a public school or private school in Jersey or Head to prep school in New England. Our top prospect that has stayed home is Isaiah Whitehead(top 20 player).Chris McCullough and Terry Larrier have left. Other then them we have no other future NBA prospects. I would have to say Chi town and LA have some of the best talent. Underrated towns would be Philly and ATL
Its obvious good players come out of there. So that's a given.
Its obvious good players come out of there. So that's a given.
I agree that the curent list of players in the NBA from the NYC area is not that strong. But as I read several posts people were listing cities that included some legends (i.e. Wilt, Baylor) and other players that are not in the league any longer (i.e. Michael Finley, Greg Anthony, Larry Hughes) to support a given city. If that criteria is used for NYC it would be difficult to suggest it is overrated. Here is a list of just some of the legends to more recent players to come out of NYC (that were not listed in the original post): Kareem, Roger Brown, Bob Cousy, Dr. J, Bernard King, Connie Hawkins, Dolph Shayes, Bob Lanier, Lenny Wilkens, Vinnie Johnson, Mark Jackson, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins, Kenny Smith, John Salley, Malik Sealey, Kenny Anderson, Marburry, Jamal Mashburn, Tom Gugliotta, Cliff Robinson, Christian Laettner, Wally Szcerbiak, Jamal Tinsley, Elton Brand, Ben Gordon, Danny Green.
If we go by past players then Yes NYC has it.No city in the country could touch new york when it came to hoopers up until about the mid to late 90's then it has been downgrading ever since.
Sleepy little Brew Town has contributed the following NBA players (yes, I am including Kenosha and Racine, which are essentiall Milwaukee suburbs). And no, I am not including Kohler WI (sorry Joe Wolf).
Caron Butler, Devin Harris, Nick Van Exel, Carl Landry, Jim McInvaine (at least he got paid like a good NBA player), Terry Porter and Latrell Spreewell.
Next on the horizon is Diamond Stone who is considered one of the best high school junior big men in the country.
Well, since no one has really been able to come up with an OVER-rated city for talent other than NYC, since its not like a lot of cities get hyped all the time, I'll throw one out there.
I'm gonna throw my very own Indianapolis area under the bus as an overrated basketball hotbed. Around here, the local media likes to talk like we're one of the best basketball player-producing cities in the nation. But I disagree. How many superstars have we produced lately? None. I mean, whose the best Indy-area guy? Eric Gordon? He's been injured so much that its really hard to call him much of a star at all. Mike Conley? He's solid, but there are maybe 15 point guards better than him, as its a very deep position in the NBA. Greg Oden was supposed to be the crown jewel. So much for that. Jeff Teague? George Hill? Gordon Hayward? I mean, Indy is a solid point guard city, but overall, not much to boast about. Although Oscar Robertson is an Indy guy, But that was the 50s and 60s.