Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Greatest Basketball Player from Each State

Ironically, this photo was taken at a baseball game.
New York's greatest basketball player was a Brooklyn Dodger fan,
and remained a Dodger fan upon arriving at UCLA,
while Michigan's greatest basketball player now owns the Dodgers.

Remember, it's not where they were born, it's where they were trained.

Alabama: Charles Barkley.
Alaska: Carlos Boozer.
Arizona: Sean Elliott.
Arkansas: Scottie Pippen.
California: Bill Russell. (Ahead of Bill Sharman and Bill Walton.)
Colorado: Chauncey Billups.
Connecticut: Calvin Murphy.
Delaware: Joey Graham. (Slightly ahead of Stephen Graham, his twin brother.)
District of Columbia: Elgin Baylor. (Ahead of Adrian Dantley.)
Florida: Vince Carter.
Georgia: Walt "Clyde" Frazier.
Hawaii: Cedric Ceballos.
Idaho: Luke Ridnour.
Illinois: Isiah Thomas. (Ahead of George Mikan.)
Indiana: Oscar Robertson. (Yes, ahead of Larry Bird.)
Iowa: Kirk Hinrich.
Kansas: Lionel Hollins.
Kentucky: Dave Cowens.
Louisiana: Willis Reed. (Ahead of Bob Pettit and Karl Malone.)
Maine: Jeff Turner.
Maryland: Reggie Lewis.
Massachusetts: Patrick Ewing.
Michigan: Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Minnesota: Kevin McHale.
Mississippi: Spencer Haywood.
Missouri: Bill Bradley.
Montana: Mike Lewis.
Nebraska: Bob Boozer. (No relation to Carlos.)
Nevada: Greg Anthony.
New Hampshire: Matt Bonner.
New Jersey: Shaquille O'Neal. (Ahead of Rick Barry.)
New Mexico: Bill Bridges.
New York: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (Close call over Julius Erving.)
North Carolina: Michael Jordan. (Big Apple born, Tar Heel trained.)
North Dakota: Phil Jackson. (Yes, the coach. He was a decent player.)
Ohio: John Havlicek. (Yes, better than LeBron James.)
Oklahoma: Ray Allen.
Oregon: Danny Ainge.
Pennsylvania: Wilt Chamberlain. (No, not Pete Maravich.)
Rhode Island: Marvin Barnes.
South Carolina: Kevin Garnett.
South Dakota: Mike Miller.
Tennessee: Penny Hardaway.
Texas: Clyde Drexler.
Utah: Arnie Ferrin.
Vermont: Keith Cieplicki. (Vermont is the only State with no NBA players.)
Virginia: Moses Malone. (Ahead of David Robinson and Allen Iverson.)
Washington: John Stockton.
West Virginia: Jerry West.
Wisconsin: Downtown Freddie Brown.
Wyoming: Ken Sailors.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Tim Duncan.

Yes, Hondo ahead of LeBron. More titles. Also, the very thing LeBron's fans use as his best argument, his versatility, ends this argument: No player was ever more versatile than John Havlicek.

And from each country with at least 10 NBA players:

Argentina: Manu Ginobili.
Australia: Luc Longley.
Bosnia: Vladimir Radmanovic.
Brazil: Nene Hilario.
Canada: Steve Nash. (South Africa-born, British Columbia-raised.)
Croatia: Peja Stojakovic.
France: Tony Parker.
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki.
Lithuania: Sarunas Marciulionis. (Tough call over Arvydas Sabonis.)
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko.
Senegal: DeSagana Diop.
Serbia: Vlade Divac.
Spain: Pau Gasol.

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