If You’re Aiming for Basketball’s Big Leagues, Maybe Move Here

According to a recent study by sidelines.io, some states give kids, statistically, the best chance to become professional basketball players per million people.

The most professional players are in California, no surprise, but other states come out on top when you compare population size to the number of players produced before they hit the big leagues.

The analysis revealed that California has the strongest history for basketball, the highest number of all-time NBA players at 426, including 20 Hall of Fame members, along with the highest number of current WNBA players coming from the state with 18.

While California has the richest basketball background in America, the research has revealed that four states actually offer the best chance for kids to become professional basketball players based on population.

Mississippi

The state has a small population of 2,961,536, which means that, on average, there are roughly 31 professional basketball players per 1,000,000.

Louisiana

The state has one NBA team, 127 professional basketball players, and 12 Division 1 collegiate programs, most notably Louisiana State University.

Kentucky

The Bluegrass state has a small population of 4,487,233, which means that, on average, there are roughly 26 professional basketball players per 1,000,000. 

Indiana

The state has a small population of 6,691,878, which means that, on average, there are roughly 24 professional basketball players per 1,000,000.

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