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Recruiting Power of NBA Cities

So whenever FA's are discussing where they will sign there are 3 major factors...

1. Money
2. Talent of team they will be joining
3. Location of team

Lets look just at #3 location, obviously some cities have an advantage over others based on the amount of Media coverage they can provide, physical features (on a beach, in a warm climate, etc), and cultural features (ethnic make up, clubs, events, activities available).

So my question what cities offer the biggest advantage to their respective teams and what cities put their teams at the biggest disadvantage?

My quick ranking of all 29 NBA cities (30 teams but the Clips and Lakers are both in LA)

New York
LA
Boston
New Jersey
Miami
Toronto (great pull for foreign players)
Chicago
Washington
Atlanta
Philadelphia
Orlando
Houston
Golden State
Detroit
New Orleans
Phoenix
Denver
Dallas
San Antonio
Sacramento
Portland
Memphis
Cleveland
Indiana
Charlotte
Oklahoma City
Utah
Milwaukee

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Remember this list doesn't factor in money or quality of the team at the city, only the location its self.

What do you guys think?

What cities do you think are the top 5

Where are the Bottom 5?


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haha you just bashed where i

haha you just bashed where i live. i mean cmon summerfest! i think milwaukee should be ahead of indiana.

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Moves the Texas teams up and

Moves the Texas teams up and take NJ out the top 5.

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Toronto

Is going to get rid of all the brothers on their team. Just Kidding.

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Maybe I'm biased then

Maybe I'm biased then birdman I'm from Indiana lol

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and since you're factoring

and since you're factoring team talent in how could Sacremento be ahead of Portland, and Cleveland?

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The idea was to try and

The idea was to try and avoid factoring in team talent and history

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oh sorry i read the part

oh sorry i read the part where it said ''Talent of team they will be joining'' and skimmed the part after it.

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Chicago

If only not for cold winters, it'd easily be top 3

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Where's Minneapolis?

Last? Anyway, these rankings look pretty good to me. I think Orlando is top 5, since some of sport's biggest superstars seem to have homes there or Miami. Golden State (Oakland) is too high and I think should be close to making the bottom five. Bay area is nice, but not where the Warriors play. I'd say Portland should be higher, but that might just be personal preference for me.

Top 5: New York, LA, Chicago, Orlando, Miami

Bottom 5: Minneapolis (bottom), Milwaukee, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Detroit.

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orlando

should b up there but rele who wudnt wanna live in ny its great here

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Yeah Chicago should be way up there instead of Boston! I mean Boston, it's ok, but to me Chicago is more likeable.

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Sacremento is actually a

Sacremento is actually a great place to play......and a nice city, anything in cali is great lol

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no

have any of you even been to oklahoma city? its not a bad place to live u get the peace and quiet of the country but f u drive 30 minutes ur in the middle of okc,bricktown. ive been to a few places like dallas, S.A. ,LA Chicago. And none of them have what okc has small city,big market. Sac is a nice place tho. consider us the Sac of the Heartland. Dont be hating on us,especially if u havent been here.

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cities

Utah is not a bad place to live. I have lived in san antonio and atlanta now I reside in slc, utah. It is the most bueatifull and freindliest of all the places I have lived. Nobody know anything about utah just a bunch of speculation about the people.

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I'm from Boston

But I like the west coast based on my time spent there. If I can't play for the C's send me to anyone of their teams except the clippers.

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i think Milwaukee should be

i think Milwaukee should be higher. maybe im bias but theres so many good concerts, like summerfest, and their the waterpark capital of the world, i aLSO THINK Denver should be higher because of all the mountins.

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Charlotte shouldn't be

Charlotte shouldn't be bottom 5 they are a top 20 city to play for

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plain and simple

players like bigger markets.
and it also depends sometimes on your type of market.
i believe Hedo could have gotten more of a "market" out of Orlando.
but he choose Toronto because of its Turkish Communty...among other reasons.
bottom line, whatever floats your boat.

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so

which city wud u have like to play for james harden?

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I don't know about Boston

I don't know about Boston that high. NJ should probably be where it is if only for its proximity to NY. DC is in a good spot, though I could see it placed higher, due to its night life and energy.

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thoughts

I'm from LA and it is a great city for celebrities in general. I lived in Sac for 7 years, and while the city is nothing special, it is great for basketball. It is a one sport town that has a great fan base. Kevin Johnson is the mayor, vlade and CWebb still own restraunts there. Bibby used to spend his off seasons there. Oakland sucks, but San Francisco is so close that Warrior players can just live there which is an awesome city and David Stern said it was his favorite nba city. I've been to Utah and I have friends that have spent time there, and unless you are a big outdoors type, everything I've seen and heard from others sucks about that place. I also really like Oklahome City and Phoenix.

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WOW Where's Minnesota???

lol. Hey I didn't see Minnesota on your list. I live here and if you are just going by places to live this is not as bad as some think. People that don't live here must think that this is Alaska. We aren't in the middle of the tundra. It's just as cold here as Chicago and New York. The crime rate is pretty low for a metro area and the suburbs are well maintained and well to do communities. As far as population, we are made up of two cities in the top 66 cities population wise in the US. As far as media spotlight, we are the 15th largest media spot in the US. One varible that I think you should have included in your post and is a downfall to this area is the fan support. Hockey is #1 up here followed by hockey and more hockey. We have the four major sports up here along with a major Big Ten college, so I would say that that's one good reason you wouldn't want to play here. All in all, I believe we should still be somewhere between 15-22 but not at the end. PS I was born in Indiana and that's the basketball hotbed so yeah they should be close to the top.

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Toronto

Toronto has to definitely be higher than New Jersey.... that is for sure.

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As soon as an American born

As soon as an American born player spends his entire career in Toronto, it will be a big pull for recruiting players. The reason T-mac left was cause he wanted to be a star, and Damon Stoudemire and Vince left because management at the time had no idea what they were doing I must admit. Most players that come here love the city.

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Toronto shouldnt be that

Toronto shouldnt be that high. They are ranked #6 because they signed Hedo? Every star they get leaves them via free agency. I dont buy into international players wanting to go there. i dont remember Toronto being on Yi or Rubio's wishlist.

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