The NBA is a diverse league that features players from many nationalities and backgrounds. A large part of the players are from the United States: but even within the United States, there are 50 states and more if you include territories. NBA players come from all over the country: some were born in cities and others in small towns. Everyone's origin is different.
With the amount of NBA players that have played throughout history, surely most states have NBA players who were born there. The fact that there are great players that have been born all over the country is a testament to the rapid expansion of the league and its popularity since its creation.
Recently, Reddit user WilhelmTheOkay created a post detailing a list of the best NBA players who were born in each US state, except Vermont since no NBA player was born there. The list has two categories: one player that was born in the state that is currently on an active roster, and then the best All-Time player that was born in that state. WilhelmTheOkay's post is compiled below, and he deserves full credit for the extensive research and the great work created.
This is a post by WilhelmTheOkay:
Over 4000 NBA players were born in the United States, none are from Vermont. Let's look at the others.
*Edit/extra info at the bottom*
Alabama (87 players)
All-Time: Charles Barkley (Leeds) - 22.1 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 3.9 APG (1984-2000) - The Round Mound of Rebound, the 1992-93 MVP, NBA analyst Charles Barkley finished his illustrious career as an 11-time All-Star and currently is 6th in all-time offensive rebounds, 20th in total rebounds, and 31st in points.
Active: DeMarcus Cousins (Mobile) - 21.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.2 APG (2011- ) - DeMarcus Cousins was one of the best offensive big men in the league during his prime. Unfortunately, due to multiple serious injuries has struggled to get back on the court the past few years but is currently playing for the Houston Rockets.
Alaska (1 player)
Only: Mario Chalmers (Anchorage) - 8.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.7 APG (2008-2018) - Famously a member of the Big 4 in Miami, Mario Chalmers won two championships starting for the Heat. He is still playing pro basketball in Greece.
Arizona (17 players)
All-Time: Sean Elliot (Tucson) - 14.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.6 APG (1990-2001) - Two-time All-Star for the Spurs, Sean Elliot's number 32 jersey was retired in 2005. After his first All-Star season, he was traded by the Spurs for Dennis Rodman, averaged 12 points, and traded back the next season where he became an All-Atar again the season afterward.
Active: Marvin Bagley III (Tempe) - 14.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 1.0 APG (2018- ) - Most famous for being drafted before a superstar and getting injured. I swear he's pretty good, I think.
Arkansas (54 players)
All-Time: Scottie Pippen (Hamburg) - 16.1 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 5.2 APG (1988-2004) - The ultimate Robin, one of the best perimeter defenders ever, and a 6-time champion Scottie Pippen remains as the most underrated player of all-time, well maybe not anymore.
Active: Mike Conley (Fayetteville) - 14.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 5.7 APG (2008- ) - One of the most common answers to "Who is the best player to never be an All-Star?" Mike Conley was the starting point guard for the Grit and Grind Grizzlies and currently seems to be having another comeback season on the Utah Jazz.
California (416 players)
All-Time and Active: Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles) - 18.8 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.8 APG (2012- ) - The most populous state in the nation guarantees a tough choice and disagreement, but I'm going with Kawhi Leonard. The two-time Finals MVP and two-time DPOY was one of the best perimeter defenders in NBA history during his defensive prime and is one the best players in the league today.
Colorado (19 players)
All-Time: Chauncey Billups (Denver) - 15.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.4 APG (1998-2014) - One of the most famous "late-bloomers" in the NBA, the two-way guard is most famous for his 2004 Finals MVP. Billups made five All-Star teams in a row after becoming a champion and had his number 1 jersey retired by the Detroit Pistons.
Active: Derrick White (Parker) - 9.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.4 APG (2018- ) - With his current injury, there are technically no actively playing NBA players from Colorado. Anyways, White is one of the Spurs' collection of up-and-coming young guards.
Connecticut (37 players)
All-Time: Calvin Murphy (Norwalk) - 17.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 4.4 APG (1971-1983) - The shortest Hall of Famer (5'9) and world-class baton twirler, Calvin Murphy was only a one-time All-Star but did lead the Rockets in all-time scoring before Olajuwon.
Active: Kris Dunn (New London) - 8.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.2 APG (2017- ) - A defensive specialist who was recently signed by the Atlanta Hawks, Dunn is currently out for ankle surgery but it seems only a matter of time (or rather minutes) before he makes an All-Defensive team.
Delaware (9 players)
All-Time: Walt Hazzard/Mahdi Abdul-Rahman (Wilmington) - 12.6 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.9 APG (1965-1974) - Hazzard was a one-time All-Star in his career, notably averaging 24 points a game on the first team of the Seattle Supersonics.
Active: Donte DiVincenzo (Newark) - 10.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.5 APG (2018- ) - The best young player in Milwaukee, the Big Ragu looks to have, once again, sacrificed 2P% for 3P% this season after a good defensive season last year.
District of Columbia (73 players)
All-Time and Active: Kevin Durant - 27.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 4.1 APG (2008- ) - Another tough decision but I went with my gut/recency bias and chose Kevin Durant. 2013-14 MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 4x Scoring Champion, Durant is simply one the best scorers to ever play in the NBA. He currently looks to be starting another amazing season after missing a year with a torn Achilles.
Florida (118 players)
All-Time: David Robinson (Key West) - 21.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 2.5 APG (1989-2003) - Coming out the gates with All-NBA and All-Defense selections as a rookie, Robinson was instantly one of the best in the NBA. The Admiral is also part of an exclusive club of players who won both an MVP and DPOY. He also has a better mustache than Ewing and Olajuwon.
Active: Trevor Ariza (Miami) - 10.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.2 APG (2005- ) - The most traded player in NBA history, Trevor Ariza will most likely be remembered for his time as the starting small forward on the 65-17 Houston Rockets team and as being one of the best 3&D players in the league during his prime.
Georgia (133 players)
All-Time and Active: Dwight Howard (Atlanta) - 16.6 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 1.4 APG (2004- ) - Superman Dwight Howard was undoubtedly the best center in the league during his prime. The 3x DPOY lead the Orlando Magic to their 2nd Finals Appearance in 2009 and then went to, like, a lot of different teams.
Hawaii (2 players)
All-Time: Cedric Ceballos (Maui) - 14.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.2 APG (1990-2001) - Ceballos was a one-time All-Star for the Lakers in the mid-nineties where he had back to back 21 points per game seasons. He appeared with Shawn Marion on the Amazing Race in 2018 where they were eliminated 4th.
Idaho (5 players)
All-Time: Luke Ridnour (Coeur d'Alene) - 9.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.5 APG (2003-2015) - Luke Ridnour was a solid point guard for 12 years. The year before he retired, he was traded four times in six days. (Magic > Grizzlies > Hornets > Thunder >Raptors > Waived)
Illinois (288 players)
All-Time: Dwyane Wade (Chicago) - 22.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.4 APG (2003-2019) - Flash was a thirteen-time All-Star and had eight All-NBA selections. Wade is most remembered for his time as a member of the big three in Miami, but his all-time Finals performance in 2006 is what puts him in the greatest shooting guard conversation.
Active: Anthony Davis (Chicago) - 21.3 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.4 APG (2012- ) - Anthony Davis is coming off his first championship win and is the best center in the league despite playing power forward. Consistently one of the best players on both ends of the floor, Davis is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of Year, again.
Indiana (155 players)
All-Time: Larry Bird (West Baden) - 24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.3 APG (1979-1992) - Easily one of the greatest of all-time. Larry Bird was consistently amazing throughout his unfortunately brief prime. One of three people to win three MVP awards in a row and the best player on the of the greatest teams of all-time in the 1986 Celtics. He the only person in the NBA to win MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
Active: Gordon Hayward (Indianapolis) - 15.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.5 APG (2010- ) - After becoming an All-Star for Utah, Gordon Hayward signed a massive deal with Boston in free agency where he snapped his leg 5 minutes into his first game in green. After a few more freak injuries, Hayward looks to be back to All-Star form in Charlotte.
Iowa (23 players)
All-Time and Active: Harrison Barnes (Ames) - 13.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.7 APG (2012- ) - The original tall guy on Golden State's death lineup, Barnes would win a championship with the Warriors in 2015 and started on the 73-9 team. He currently plays forward for the Sacramento Kings. Last season Barnes was more efficient in the post than Davis and Towns.
Kansas (36 players)
All-Time: Alvan Adams (Lawrence) - 14.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 4.1 APG (1975-1988) - The Oklahoma Kid, Alvan Adams, became an All-Star and lead the Suns to the Finals in his rookie year. He spent his entire career in Phoenix and still works there as the Suns' VP for Facility Management.
Active: Willie Cauley-Stein (Spearville) - 9.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG (2015- ) - Currently the third most famous center for the Dallas Mavericks. In 2015 Willie added Stein to his last name after his mother and made his nickname, Trill, his new middle name.
Kentucky (113 players)
All-Time: Wes Unseld (Louisville) - 10.8 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 3.9 APG (1968-1981) - Wes Unseld won both MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same year, one of two people to do so. The Big U stayed with the Bullets for his entire career and last worked as an assistant coach, head coach, vice president, and general manager for the team.
Active: Rajon Rondo (Louisville) - 10.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 8.2 APG (2006- ) - Rondo was very suddenly pushed into the spotlight as the 24-58 team he first played for became the championship favorite over one offseason. Rondo would later go on to win two championships, have four All-Star and All-Defensive appearances, and lead the league in assists per game three times.
Louisiana (121 players)
All-Time: Bill Russell (Monroe) - 15.1 PPG, 22.5 RPG, 4.3 APG (1956-1969) - He won eleven championships what do you want.
Active: Paul Millsap (Monroe) - 13.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.2 APG (2006- ) - Paul Millsap became a four-time All-Star after signing with the Atlanta Hawks and was an important member for the 60-win team in 2015. Underrated in the all-time second-round picks discussion.
Maine (2 players)
All-Time and Active: Duncan Robinson (York) - 14.8/3.9/1.7 (2018- ) - One of the Miami Heat's breakout undrafted players last year. Duncan Robinson looks to be on track to becoming one of the best three-point specialists in the NBA, shooting 44% last season. He also shot 65% on 2 pointers.
Maryland (74 players)
All-Time: Sam Cassell (Baltimore) - 15.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 6.0 APG (1993-2008) - Sam Cassell was another late bloomer winning his first All-Star appearance and All-NBA selection in 2004 at age 34. The three-time champion came into the league with the 1994 Houston Rockets and retired with the 2008 Boston Celtics.
Active: Victor Oladipo (Silver Spring) - 17.4 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.9 APG (2013- ) - Oladipo broke out in the 2017-18 season winning Most Improved Player along with his first All-Star, All-Defensive, and All-NBA selections. Since that season he has been dealing with injuries but has very recently been traded to the Houston Rockets.
Massachusetts (45 players)
All-Time: Bill Laimbeer (Boston) - 12.9 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.0 APG (1980-1993) - In the eighties, Laimbeer was one of the most infamous players in the league as he and the Bad Boy Pistons won two championships. An early stretch 5, in 1989-1990 he shot 36% from 3 on a team-high two attempts a game. The three-time All-Star has also won three WNBA championships and two WNBA Coach of the Year Awards.
Active: Michael Carter-Williams (Hamilton) - 10.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG (2013- ) - His NBA debut was 22 points, 7 rebounds, 12 assists, and 9 steals. Unfortunately, MCW has never quite reached that level of hype or performance again.
Michigan (158 players)
All-Time: Magic Johnson (Lansing) - 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG (1979-1991, 1996)- The greatest point guard of all-time despite a tragically shortened career. Awards: 12x All-Star, 10x All-NBA, 3x MVP, 5x Champion, 3x FMVP. Lead the league in assists four times and steals twice. P4P best smile.
Active: Draymond Green (Saginaw) - 8.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.0 APG (2012- ) - One of the most versatile defenders ever, one of the best passing big men ever, one of the shortest big men ever. Green was one of the key pieces of the Warriors dynasty that won three championships in five consecutive finals appearances. In that time, he won DPOY and made 3 All-Star teams, 2 All-NBA teams, and 5 All-Defensive teams.
Minnesota (60 players)
All-Time: Kevin McHale (Hibbing) - 17.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 APG (1980-93) - McHale started his career as one the best sixth men of all-time before taking his spot in the starting lineup and developed into one of the best power forwards of all-time. He won three championships and had seven All-Star selections as a career Celtic.
Active: Tyus Jones (Burnsville) - 5.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 3.6 APG (2015- ) - A solid two-way point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, Tyus Jones holds the record for the highest assist to turnover ratio in a season from his 2018-19 season with 6.9:1.
Mississippi (92 players)
All-Time: Spencer Haywood (Silver City) - 20.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.8 APG (1969-1970 (ABA) 1971-1980 1981-1983) - Haywood won ABA MVP and ROY in 1970 averaging 30 points and 19.5 rebounds, leading the league in both categories. In the NBA he was a five-time All-Star and made the All-NBA team four times.
Active: Rodney Hood (Meridian) - 12.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.9 APG (2014- ) - Rodney Hood has been a solid offensive 2/3 since coming into the league. He is coming back from an Achilles tear suffered last season.
Missouri (69 players)
All-Time and Active: Jayson Tatum (St Louis) - 17.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.3 APG (2017- ) - Too early? Jayson Tatum looks to be a superstar two-way forward for the Boston Celtics, making an All-NBA team in his third season as well as leading the team to the ECF. Tatum finished second in all-time rookie playoff points with 351, only a single point behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Montana (11 players)
All-Time: Mike Lewis (Missoula) - 12.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 3.0 APG (1968-1974) - Drafted by the Celtics but only ever played in the ABA, his career was cut short by an Achilles injury. His Basketball Reference page says he was a two-time All-Star but only shows one star.
Nebraska (14 players)
All-Time: Bob Boozer (Omaha) - 14.8 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.4 APG (1960-1971) - One-time All-Star for the Bulls in 1967-68 and went out with a championship with the Bucks. Not related to Carlos Boozer.
Nevada (12 Players)
All-Time: Ricky Davis (Las Vegas) - 13.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.3 APG (1999-2010) - Nicknamed Wrong Rim Ricky, he most notably averaged 20 points a game on the Cavs team that drafted LeBron.
Active: Troy Brown Jr (Las Vegas) - 7.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 2.1 APG (2018- ) - Young small forward for the Wizards, showed improvement in his sophomore season but he has seen reduced minutes in his third season so far.
New Hampshire (1 player)
Only: Matt Bonner (Concord) - 5.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.7 APG (2004- 2016) - Longtime backup big man for the Spurs where he won two championships. Assumed to still be searching for the Hoagie Grail.
New Jersey (143 players)
All-Time: Shaquille O'Neal (Newark) - 23.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.5 APG (1992-2011) - The most dominant big man in NBA history. Four rings, fifteen-time All-Star, fourteen-time All-NBA, 2000 MVP. Currently hanging out with Tony the Tiger.
Active: Karl-Anthony Towns (Edison) - 22.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.8 APG (2015- ) - Had to choose between him and Bam, so not sure about this one. Either way, KAT is going to be the best shooting big man of all-time. Currently dealing with health issues, hopefully, he comes back strong.
New Mexico (7 players)
All-Time: Bill Bridges (Hobbs) - 11.9 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.8 APG (1963-1975) - Was a three-time All-Star, two-time All-Defense, and won a championship in 1975 with the Warriors. Not a lot of information about the guy, unfortunately.
New York (411 players)
All-Time: Michael Jordan (Brooklyn) - 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG (1984-1993, 1995-1998, 2001-2003) - It's between him and Abdul-Jabbar. The most common GOAT answer. Jordan led the league in scoring ten times, five MVPs, six championships. The most important person in basketball history other than maybe Naismith and Stern.
Active: Carmelo Anthony (Brooklyn) - 23.4 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.9 APG (2003- ) - Ten-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA, lead the league in scoring in 2012-13, one of the faces of 21st-century basketball. The only player to win every rookie of the month award and not win rookie of the year. Currently coming off the bench for Portland.
North Carolina (139 players)
All-Time and Active: Chris Paul (Winston-Salem) - 18.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 9.5 APG (2005- ) - One of the greatest point guards ever. Kinda bored of listing awards, he has simply been great and an absolute game-changer since day one. Will finish top 5 in assists and steals.
North Dakota (6 players)
All-Time and Active: Doug McDermott (Grand Forks) - 8.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG (2014- )- Dougie McBuckets has been an automatic three-point shooter since his sophomore season and judging by Korver's and Kerr's careers, he has quite a few years to go.
Ohio (195 players)
All-Time and Active: Lebron James (Akron) - 27.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 7.4 APG (2003- ) - The other GOAT guy. Still arguably the best player in the NBA at 36. You've heard it all. Ten Finals appearances, four rings, 16-time All-Star and All-NBA (most first-team selections too), four-time MVP. Also, shoutout to Steph Curry, best shooter ever.
Oklahoma (48 players)
All-Time and Active: Blake Griffin (Oklahoma City) - 21.5 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 4.4 APG (2010- ) - One of the best highlight reels in the sport. Started out as a super explosive rookie All-Star and later transitioned into becoming one of the most well-rounded players in the league. Had injury problems throughout his career and it seems they finally took him down a peg these past couple of seasons.
Oregon (32 players)
All-Time: A.C. Green (Portland) - 9.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.1 APG (1985-2001) - The power forward for late period Showtime. Won three championships as a Laker, one time All-Star and All-Defensive. Played 1192 consecutive games and only missed 3 total games in his career.
Active: Domantas Sabonis (Portland) - 12.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.7 APG (2016- ) - Carrying on the Sabonis legacy by becoming one the best big men in the league, combining passing and post-play while also adding some three-point attempts recently. Already an All-Star in his fourth season and has a bright future.
Pennsylvania (239 players)
All-Time: Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia) - 30.1 PPG, 22.9 PPG, 4.4 APG (1959-1973) - Wilt has lots of awards and most of the NBA records. Kobe is also one the greatest of all-time with five championships and is arguably the best scorer of the 21st century but isn't eligible for the list.
Active: Kyle Lowry (Philadelphia) - 14.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.2 APG (2006- ) - One of the best two-way point guards of this decade. Six-time All-Star and a championship along with one of the cutest bromances. Literally drew 2 charges in the last minute of the All-Star Game: how do you not love this guy.
Rhode Island (10 players)
All-Time: Marvin Barnes (Providence) - 16.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 2.1 APG (1974-1976 (ABA), 1976-1980) - ABA rookie of the year and two-time All-Star. There is a story that when a flight was scheduled to arrive before its departure time (going from Eastern time to Central time), he refused to board due to this and rented a car instead stating "I ain't getting in no damn time machine."
South Carolina (46 players)
All-Time: Kevin Garnett (Greenville) - 17.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.7 APG (1995-2016) - Arguably the best American-born power forward. Another player to win both DPOY and MVP in his career, Garnett also was a 15-time All-Star, 9-time All-NBA, and 12-time All-Defensive. The best player in Timberwolves history and the first in Minnesota's lineage of star big men named K.
Active: Khris Middleton (Charleston) - 16.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.4 APG (2012- ) - Middleton is a star 2 or 3 for the Milwaukee Bucks. Coming off his second All-Star appearance, the two-way wing is still seeking to become the ninth member of the 50/40/90 club in the NBA.
South Dakota (5 players)
All-Time: Mike Miller (Mitchell) - 10.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.6 APG (2000-2017) - Long-time 3pt specialist, Mike Miller, is notable for having won Rookie of The Year in 2000; considered one of the weakest draft classes of the modern era. Miller also won Sixth Man of the Year in 2005-06 and two championships with the Heatles. He once owned a crab-eating macaque.
Tennessee (95 players)
All-Time: Oscar Robertson (Charlotte) - 25.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 9.5 APG (1960-1974) - Oscar Robertson is the all-time leader in triple-doubles as well as the first person to average a triple-double for a season. An all-time great guard, Robertson struggled to carry the Cincinnati Royals past the first round but was later able to win a championship with the Bucks in 1971.
Active: Lou Williams (Memphis) - 14.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.4 APG (2005- ) - The record-tying three-time Sixth Man of the Year is one of the best scorers off the bench in NBA history. A late bloomer, Williams had arguably his best seasons in his early thirties but is currently facing reduced minutes on the LA Clippers this season.
Texas (193 players)
(edited by the publisher, Jimmy Butler instead of LaMarcus Aldridge)
All-Time: Chris Bosh (Dallas) - 19.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.0 APG (2003-2016) - The tale of a career we saw almost the entire prime of, but not quite enough of to leave no questions about the extent of his legacy. Chris Bosh was a two-time champion and eleven-time All-Star but only ever made one All-NBA team.
Active: Jimmy Butler (Houston) - 17.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.7 APG (2011- ) - Jimmy Butler led the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals during the 2020-21 season. One of the best two-way wings in the modern era, and a big personality to go along with his basketball skill. Five-time All-Star
Utah (26 players)
All-Time: Tom Chambers (Ogden) - 18.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.1 APG (1981-1995 1997) - Tom Chambers was a four-time All-Star and had two All-NBA selections. Famously the first-ever unrestricted free agent, he joined the Phoenix Suns, the first team to send him an offer.
Active: John Collins (Layton) - 16.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.6 APG (2017- ) - John Collins is a crazy efficient 23-year-old power forward coming off two 20/10 seasons. Despite his potential, he seems to be having a down year on a good then not so good Atlanta Hawks team.
Vermont (0 players)
There are no current or former NBA players who were born in the state of Vermont.
Virginia (82 players)
All-Time: Moses Malone (Petersburg) - 20.3 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.3 APG (1974-1976 (ABA) 1976-1994) - The best undrafted player in NBA history and will probably remain so for a very long time. Over his career, he was a three-time MVP, one-time champion, and had thirteen all-star appearances. In his rookie year in the NBA, he played six minutes in Buffalo before being traded for two first-round picks, preventing a trio of McAdoo, Malone, and Dantley.
Active: Jeremy Lamb (Henrico) - 10.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.6 APG (2012- ) - Lamb had a bit of a breakout year in Charlotte during the 2018-19 season when he started most of the games he played for the first time in his career. Currently, a member of the Indiana Pacers, Lamb is recovering from a major knee injury sustained last year.
Washington (64 players)
All-Time: John Stockton (Spokane)- 13.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 10.5 APG (1984-2003) - John Stockton is the all-time leader in assists and steal and looks to remain so for a very long time as well. His almost insurmountable lead on the assist record comes from him leading the league in total assists nine times in a row, as well as only missing 14 games out of a possible 1518.
Active: Zach LaVine (Renton) - 18.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.7 APG (2014- ) - LaVine has been on the cusp of an All-Star appearance these past couple of years and looks to be in the hunt again this year as he continues to be a versatile offensive wing. Someone sign Isaiah Thomas.
West Virginia (28 players)
All-Time: Jerry West (Chelyan) - 27.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 6.7 APG (1960-1974) - The Logo himself, Jerry West was an All-Star every season of his 14-year career along with 12 All-NBA selections. While West was one of the faces of the 1960s, he didn't win a championship until 1972, thanks Bill. West went on to have a successful career as an executive, currently working for the LA Clippers.
Wisconsin (65 Players)
All-Time: Latrell Sprewell (Milwaukee) - 18.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.0 APG (1992-2005) - Sprewell was a four-time All-Star and made the first team All-NBA and second-team All-Defensive in his second season. In 1997 was suspended for 82 games, later shortened to 68 games, good for the second-longest in NBA history.
Active: Tyler Herro (Milwaukee) - 14.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.4 APG (2019- ) - A young prospect for the Miami Heat and although he had a good rookie year (a good start to his second season), he has so far been defined by his 37 point performance in the ECF last season.
Wyoming (7 players)
All-Time and Active: James Johnson (Cheyenne) - 8.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.1 APG (2009- ) - Johnson is a versatile journeyman big man who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks after being traded three times in 2020. Has a 20-0 record in kickboxing.
US Virgin Islands (3 players)
All-Time: Tim Duncan - 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG (1997-2016) - Tim Duncan, much like Spurs teammate David Robinson, was instantly one of the best players in the league winning FMVP in his second season. Over the rest of his career, he won 5 championships, 2 MVPs, 15-time All-Star, and All-NBA including the oldest All-NBA first-team selection at 36. He was a record-breaking 15-time All-Defensive and is often considered the second-best defender in NBA history despite not winning a DPOY.
Puerto Rico (8 players)
All-Time: JJ Barea - 8.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.9 APG (2006-2020) - Longtime Maverick and fan-favorite point guard JJ Barea won a championship in Dallas in 2011. He was still an effective scorer into his thirties scoring 10+ points per game in his age 31-34 seasons despite limited appearances.
So that's my list, if you think I should add anything, clean up a paragraph, or spot some mistakes let me know.
Sourced from Basketball-Reference, nba.com, and Wikipedia
EDIT: Should've specified a few things first:
- "Active" is meant to be the active player with the best overall career rather than the best this season
- I went with where someone was born based on their Wikipedia and basketball reference page. I ignored where people spent most of their childhood/lives for the sake of simplicity on my part.
- FAQ: Bill Russell was born in Louisiana, Jordan was born in NY, Kevin Love was born in California, Kyrie Irving was born in Australia, and Carlos Boozer was born in Germany. Kevin Durant was born in a DC hospital and thus on the pages I checked he is listed as from DC, oh also DC isn't in Maryland or Virginia, it's different.
- I forgot about Jimmy Butler in Texas
This post is extremely in-depth and detailed. A huge distinction that the author made was the idea that he chose to focus on the specific place of birth, rather than where they were brought up. That is an essential factor to consider, one might not associate a certain player with their certain place of birth, since they may have moved immediately after.
The continued growth of the NBA has let basketball expand all over the United States, and eventually, the world. In the future, we may see All-Stars who were born in every single state: perhaps someone who is born in Wyoming could eventually become an MVP. As the league gets bigger and bigger, it will be natural to see some of the names on this list be replaced in the future. Who knows, maybe a couple in Vermont will parent the next superstar in this league.