Which State Has Never Produced an NBA Player?

March 9, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

Only one state in the United States has never produced a player who made it to the NBA, or National Basketball Association.

It’s not the nation’s least-populous state, Wyoming, which has produced six players out of an estimated population of 584, 153.

Nor is it New Hampshire, Maine, or Alaska, which have all produced one NBA player.

It’s Vermont, the nation’s second least-populous state at 626,562 people per the United States Census Bureau estimate for 2014. 

The statistics come from SeatSmart, a sports blog, which recently compiled a number of data points relating to the NBA.

At the top of the list of NBA player-producing states? California, with 355; New York, with 309; Illinois, with 218; and Pennsylvania, with 176. Ohio, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Louisiana, and New Jersey have also produced over 100 NBA players through the years.

In terms of cities, New York City is at the top with 169 players produced, followed by Chicago with 118 players, Los Angeles with 98 players, and Philadelphia with 95 players. Detroit and Washington, D.C. have also produced over 50 players so far.

Top high schools in terms of producing players who have played in the NBA include Oak Hill Academy in Virginia at 21, DeWitt Clinton in the Bronx at 17, and DeMatha Catholic in Maryland with 16. Other top New York schools include Thomas Jefferson in Brooklyn, which has produced 10 NBA players, and Mount Vernon in Manhattan, which has produced 8 players.

The list of colleges producing the most NBA players is topped by the University of Kentucky and University of California, Los Angeles which have both produced 85 players so far. The University of North Carolina, with 82; the University of Kansas, with 64; and Duke, with 63, are next.

Going outside the U.S., hundreds of players from dozens of countries have entered the NBA. At the top is Canada, with 23 players produced so far; France, with 17; Germany and Serbia, with 16 each; Australia with 15; and Brazil, Croatia, and Spain with 13 each.



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