Which States Produce the Most NBA Draft Picks?

By Chris Lauderback on June 13, 2013 at 6:20p
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Before digging in to the numbers, the term "produce" equates to where said prospects were raised or played their high-school hoops between roughly 1976 - 2008. That can get a little muddy in that "raised" would trump "played high school ball" if a kid grew up in one particular state then made his way to a recruit-factory such as Oak Hill Academy for just those final years of high school basketball. 

California, as you'd probably expect, was far and away the #1 NBA draft pick producer with a whopping 87 players, or roughly 13% of the total draft picks during the 15 year study. 

New York is 2nd on the list with 47 players chosen, good for about 6% of the total draft picks, while Texas (42) and Illinois (41) aren't far behind. 

Ohio is tied for 8th, one of six states producing 22 total picks over the 15 year span. Specific to positions, Ohio stacks up like this:

  • Center: 5 total picks from Ohio, tied for 4th-most overall
  • Point Guard: just 2 total picks
  • Small Forward: 4 total picks, tied for 8th-most overall
  • Shooting Guard: 7 total picks, tied for 7th-most overall
  • Power Foward: 4 total picks, tied for 16th-most overall




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RoyMunson's picture

California, Texas, and New York, better known as the 3 most populous states in US of A.
Hell of a study.


dubjayfootball90's picture

This is a cool map and information. Thanks for posting!

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9Route's picture

Aaaaand North Dakota gets screwed yet again. WTF.
Thanks a lot, NBA Draft.

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Riggins's picture

It's always better to see these numbers per capita.  California (38 million residents), Texas (26 million), New York (20 million), and Florida (19 million) have such enormous populations, it's hard for them not to produce the most of X measurable.
States that stood out to me were Washington, Indiana, and Tennessee. These states rank 13th, 16th, and 17th in population (around 6-7 million per state).  However, they tied for 6th in terms of NBA draft picks (22) with Florida (4th in population, 19 million) and Ohio (7th in population, 11.5 million).
Georgia performed well also. They nearly caught some of the big states despite being 8th in population and 10 million residents.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I'll give you an 'A' for effort. ;)

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

captain obvious's picture

I'll see your A and throw in an upvote

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gravey's picture

Some atonement for the lousy table above (which had several mistake in it)...and I can't delete.

gravey's picture

Generally, it's the least populous and/or most urban states that stand out.  Washington DC skews the results.
Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana stand out; especially since they aren't considered basketball states.
Ohio comes in at 1.73 draft picks per million, which is average; and surprisingly low.

rightfield's picture

Hard to read but thanks for the effort.

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AndyVance's picture

I'm actually surprised that Indiana doesn't have more draft picks, given that it's the center of the basketball universe and all (tongue firmly in cheek), but perhaps the per capita thing answers that question.