Top 10 Best Cities for producing NBA talent based on player rating
When it comes to producing basketball talent, there's no better city in the world then New York City.
Or maybe not.
Turns out that based on a very unscientific study using the high schools of current NBA players and the CBS Player Ratings, a five-member team composed of players who went to high school in Los Angeles would produce the best starting unit.
File photo by Louis Lopez
Jrue Holiday, Campbell Hall
The Los Angeles group is an impressive one with Russell Westbrook the highest rated player of the five on the list, followed by Paul Pierce, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings and DeMar Derozan. All five players rank among the top 40 players in the NBA, according to the CBS player ratings.
New York City, meanwhile, is back in sixth place behind Indianapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Newark. Seattle follows New York City at No. 7 with Atlanta, Dallas and Houston filling out the top ten.
Some adjustments were made for two players - Derrick Rose and Andrew Bynum. Neither Rose nor Bynum played this year and thus do not have a positive player rating. It is assumed that they would be among the top 20 players in the NBA when healthy.
The players listed on each team are listed in order of their total player rating.
The Best Cities for Producing NBA Talent
File photo by Dirk Dewachter
Leuzinger High alum Russell Westbrook represents Los Angeles, the city that is No. 1 in terms of producing quality NBA talent.
1. Los Angeles
Russell Westbrook, Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.) - VIDEO
Paul Pierce, Inglewood (Calif.)
Jrue Holiday, Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.) - VIDEO
Brandon Jennings, Dominguez (Compton, Calif.) - VIDEO
DeMar DeRozan, Compton (Calif.) - VIDEO
Zach Randolph, Marion (Ind.)
Mike Conley, Lawrence North (Indianapolis)
Jeff Teague, Pike (Indianapolis)
George Hill, Broad Ripple (Indianapolis)
Courtney Lee, Pike
Derrick Rose, Simeon (Chicago) - VIDEO
Evan Turner, St. Joseph (Westchester, Ill.)
Kevin Garnett, Farragut (Chicago) - VIDEO
Dwyane Wade, Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.)
Anthony Davis, Perspectives-IIT Math & Science/Joslin (Chicago) - VIDEO
Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion (Ardmore, Pa.) - VIDEO
Andrew Bynum, Solebury (New Hope, Pa.)
Kyle Lowry, Cardinal Dougherty - now closed
Tyreke Evans, American Christian (Aston, Pa.) - VIDEO
Markieff Morris, Prep Charter (Philadelphia)
Tristan Thompson, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) - VIDEO
Kenneth Faried, Tech (Newark, N.J.)
Kyrie Irving, Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.) - VIDEO
Jason Thompson, Lenape (Medford, N.J.) - VIDEO
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Patrick School - was St. Patrick - VIDEO
6. New York City
Kemba Walker, Rice School - now closed - VIDEO
Joakim Noah, Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Metta World Peace, LaSalle Academy (New York City)
Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.) - VIDEO
Ben Gordon, Mt. Vernon (N.Y.)
Jamal Crawford, Rainier Beach (Seattle)
Spencer Hawes, Seattle Prep
Martell Webster, Seattle Prep
Nate Robinson, Rainier Beach
Jason Terry, Franklin (Seattle)
Dwight Howard, Southwest Atlanta Christian - VIDEO
J.J. Hickson, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)
Al-Farouq Aminu, Norcross (Ga.) - VIDEO
Derrick Favors, South Atlanta - VIDEO
DeQuan Jones, Wheeler
LaMarcus Aldridge, Seagoville (Dallas)
Deron Williams, The Colony (Texas)
Chris Bosh, Lincoln (Dallas)
Darrell Arthur, South Oak Cliff (Dallas)
Wesley Johnson, Corsicana (Texas)
Emeka Okafor, Bellaire (Texas)
Jimmy Butler, Tomball (Texas)
DeAndre Jordan, Christian Life Center Academy (Houston)
Kendrick Perkins, Beaumont Central (Texas)
D.J. Augustin, Fort Bend Hightower (Missouri City, Texas)
From CBS sports I think
Chicago has to be #1... look at that top 5! lol
is not from Newark he is from Brampton Ontario, Canada. He just spent maybe 1 year and half of high school there before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
Gilchrist is from Somerdale, NJ, which is a suburb of Philly. Kyrie's not from Newark either (Montclair, NJ).
I don't get why they don't add Paul George to the Los Angeles list. He's from Palmdale, which is only 30 minutes from L.A.
No love for Maryland?
Yea they always sleep on my hometown
Yup, the DMV area has to be top ten.
The DMV is not a place, all the above players are from a city in Maryland. Stop this DMV nonsense.
But you do realize that this is by city, not state, right?
Maryland is not a city.
The guys who didn't make the LA list are really good too; James Harden, Paul George, Tyson Chandler, Arron Afflalo and Kawhi Leonard is from only about an hour and a half away. So much talent from there, it's almost amazing how poor the play in the Pac-12 has been.
Chicago and Dallas look better than Indianapolis to me.
Indianapolis didn't even have Eric Gordon listed. And too bad Greg Oden had injury problems... He'd be on here too.
The crazy things is that majority of these players damn near came up from around the same time and basically competed against each other... Maybe separated by 2-3 years.
Messed up, Detroit has sooooooo much talent here and we only have one player in the NBA.....sad
3 out of those 5 aren't from Baltimore.
IMO. Them dudes can ball, but Cali is pushing them. Jason Kidd from Cali and Tayshaun Prince from Compton.
Too bad Tristan Thompson is from Canada *rolling eyes*
All the guys from LA have that west coast swag except Paul Pierce smh...
I could be wrong but isn't JR Smith from Newark ? He would have to be on that team if he considering Thompson is really from Canada
He would fit that category, yes, because he played his prep ball at St. Benedicts. Grew up in Freehold, NJ though.
For la, I would take out derozan and Jennings and put in harden and Paul George.
all the prep schools and kids transferring everywhere for high school is really gonna eff this list up in a couple years
Bynum played his prep ball at St. Joe's in Metuchen, NJ (same HS as Jay Williams and Karl Towns Jr)....not sure why he's under Philly
For some reason they didnt put Josh Smith on the Atlanta list. You could put Jeremy Lamb on it also and Jodie Meeks.
Being from Chicago, while I am a huge KG fan, he is NOT from Chicago. He's from one of the Carolina's I believe. Whenever people bring up lists like this, I always leave KG off. Thats like Brooklyn claiming Jordan. I claim players who played in the summer either in the city or the surrounding suburbs as a kid! People who can jump in on the Harolds vs. Uncle Remus debate. People who had Bulls championship banners and flags in their room as a kid. That would be a Shawn Marion, Shannon Brown, Will Bynum, Shaun Livingston, Patrick Beverley, Jeremy Pargo, Jason Maxiell, people like that. That's a HUGE drop off in talent, but I'd rather shoot the fair one than fake it.
I wouldn't claim him either, but at least KG spent his prime pre-NBA basketball development yrs in Chicago.
Where would you consider Carmelo being from? NYC or Baltimore?
Also, Livingston isn't from Chicago either.
Suspect ni99@$ like churchboy1 would use that word in a sentence.
Garnett is from South Carolina.
Is this just current NBA talent? Because North Carolina should be up there. Chris Paul, John Wall, Stephen Curry, Jerry
Stackhouse are some current ones I can think of. And if you want to go with All Time, North Carolina arguably may be the best. Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Pete Maravich, James Worthy, David Thompson, Bob McAdoo, John Lucas II. There are plenty more but those are just off the top of my head.