Which State Could Construct The Best NBA Roster?

By Jonathan Hartzell, NBA.com

Just for fun, we decided to see which states produce the best NBA players. Then we created the best hypothetical teams that could be put together from players that were born in those states. Not surprisingly, the most populous states in sunny climes are well represented in our top 10, and a team full of All-Stars from a golden West Coast state runs away with the No. 1 spot. Here’s the rundown from 10th place up to No. 1:

 

10. Florida

New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

Amar’e Stoudemire leads team Florida.

PG – Brandon Knight – 13.1 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.2 rpg (career averages)

SG – Vince Carter - 20.8 ppg, 3.8 apg, 5.0 rpg

SF – Chandler Parsons - 12.8 ppg, 2.9 apg, 5.1 rpg

PF – Amar’e Stoudemire - 21.3 ppg, 1.4 apg, 8.6 rpg

C – Larry Sanders - 6.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg

Bench: Marreese Speights, Marquis Daniels, Reggie Evans, Trevor Ariza, Udonis Haslem, Keyon Dooling, Steve Blake

Overview: Team Florida is led by Stoudemire of the New York Knicks and Parsons of the Houston Rockets. They would be tough to score on in the paint, but guard depth would be a clear problem for this squad.

9. New Jersey

Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

J.R. Smith leads streaky team New Jersey.

PG – MarShon Brooks - 8.5 ppg, 1.6 apg, 2.4 rpg

SG – J.R. Smith – 13.2 ppg, 2.1 apg, 3.2 rpg

SF – Gerald Henderson - 11.3 ppg, 1.8 apg, 3.1 rpg

PF – Kenneth Faried - 11.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg

C – Andrew Bynum – 11.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg

Bench: David West, Earl Clark, Tyshawn Taylor, Jason Thompson, Chris Copeland, Randy Foye

Overview: New Jersey certainly would be an exciting team to watch. However, led by Smith of the Knicks and Bynum of the Cleveland Cavaliers, they would be an extremely streaky squad that could defeat or lose to any team on any given night.

8. Georgia

Dwight Howard and Josh Smith

Dwight Howard and Josh Smith finally would be able to play on the same team.

PG – Toney Douglas – 8.6 ppg, 2. apg, 2.3 rpg

SG – Jodie Meeks - 8.0 ppg, 0.9 apg, 2.2 rpg

SF – Al-Farouq Aminu - 6.3 ppg, 1.0 apg, 5.2 rpg

PF – Josh Smith - 15.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg

C – Dwight Howard - 18.3 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg

BenchDerrick Favors, , J.J. Hickson, Andrew Goudelock, Jae Crowder, Jordan Hill, Chris Singleton

Overview: Georgia is able to construct one of the best frontcourts in the United States with Smith and Howard. These two friends since high school would have their way around the rim, but the limited guard depth may prove to be too much to overcome.

7. Texas

LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh

LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh would create an extremely offensive frontcourt.

PG – Daniel Gibson – 7.8 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 rpg

SG – Wesley Matthews – 13.4 ppg, 1.2 spg, 2.9 rpg

SF – Jimmy Butler - 6.6 ppg, 1.0 apg, 3.1 rpg

PF – Chris Bosh – 19.5, 2.1 apg, 8.9 rpg

C – LaMarcus Aldridge – 18.3 ppg, 1.0 bpg, 7.8 rpg

BenchDeAndre Jordan, Quincy Acy, Mike Dunleavy, Kendrick Perkins, Emeka Okafor, Ronnie Price, Darrell Arthur

Overview: While Georgia may have a more dangerous starting frontcourt, the bench depth of Texas allows them to claim the seventh spot. Bosh, Aldridge, and Matthews would be able to handle most of the scoring with Jordan, Perkins, and Okafor being huge bodies to have come off the bench.

6. Pennsylvania

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant leads team Pennsylvania.

PG – Tyreke Evans – 17.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 4.8 rpg

SG – Kobe Bryant – 25.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 5.3 rpg

SF – Michael-Kidd Gilchrist – 9.0 ppg, 1.5 apg, 5.8 rpg

PF – Marcus Morris – 6.8 ppg, 0.7 apg, 3.1 rpg

C – Markieff Morris – 7.8 ppg, 1.2 apg, 4.7 rpg

BenchDion Waiters, Kyle Lowry, Dejuan Blair, Jameer Nelson, Lavoy Allen, Hakim Warrick, John Salmons

Overview: Pennsylvania is led by an intriguing backcourt of Evans and Bryant which would take some of the pressure off their tiny frontcourt. But Pennsylvania could be tough to beat if the Morris twins are able to hold their own and Dion Waiters provides a spark off the bench.

5. North Carolina

John Wall guards Chris Paul.

John Wall and Chris Paul would have their way with opposing defenses.

PG – Chris Paul – 18.6 ppg, 9.8 apg, 2.4 spg

SG – John Wall – 16.9 ppg, 8.0 apg, 1.5 spg

SF – Kent Bazemore – 2.0 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.4 apg

PF – John Henson – 6.0 ppg, 0.7 bpg, 4.7 rpg

C – Hassan Whiteside – 1.5 ppg, 0.8 bpg, 2.1 rpg

BenchIshmael Smith, Anthony Morrow, Eric Maynor, Darius Johnson-Odom

Overview: Yes. I know John Wall would be a weird, undersized shooting guard. But his and Paul’s speed would be nearly impossible to slow down and with the emerging Henson in the frontcourt, North Carolina could surprise some people. 

4. Ohio

LeBron James

LeBron James would be even more outstanding with Stephen Curry on his team.

PG – Stephen Curry - 19.2 ppg, 6.1 apg, 1.7 spg

SG – Kevin Martin - 17.8 ppg, 2.0 apg, 3.3 rpg

SF – LeBron James - 27.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.9 apg

PF – Jared Sullinger – 6.0 ppg, 0.8 apg, 5.9 rpg

C – Byron Mullens – 8.4 ppg, 1.0 apg, 4.8 rpg

BenchLuke Babbitt, Kosta Koufos, Norris Cole, Daequan Cook

Overview: James and Curry lead team Ohio and besides help from Kevin Martin, there wouldn’t be much more than those two scoring for this team. But those two are more than enough and James passing the ball out to Curry for countless 3-pointers would be beautiful to watch.

3. New York

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony leads team New York.

PG – Kemba Walker – 15.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 1.7 spg

SG – Danny Green – 8.7 ppg, 1.3 apg, 2.9 rpg

SF – Carmelo Anthony - 25.0 ppg, 3.1 apg, 6.4 rpg

PF – Joakim Noah – 9.4 ppf, 9.1 rpb, 1.5 bpg

C – Roy Hibbert - 11.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg

BenchAndre Drummond, Tobias Harris, Jimmer Fredette, Greg Oden, Andray Blatche, Taj Gibson, Channing Frye, Metta World Peace, Maurice Harkless

Overview: Team New York is loaded with talent at every position and they have some of the best depth in the nation. Noah and Hibbert would be an unmatched force inside and Anthony would be able to handle most of the scoring. The main problem would be a lack of 3-point shooters but with a starting lineup like theirs, it could be worked around.

2. Illinois

Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade

Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade would be nearly impossible to defend.

PG – Derrick Rose – 21.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.8 apg

SG – Dwyane Wade – 24.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 1.8 spg

SF – Iman Shumpert - 8.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 spg

PF – Andre Iguodala – 15.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 spg

C – Anthony Davis - 13.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg

BenchTony Allen, Steve Novak, Will Bynum, Evan Turner, Patrick Beverley, Luke Harangody, Jeremy Pargo, Will Bynum

Overview: Team Illinois and team New York are relatively equal talent wise with New York having much better depth. But the backcourt of Rose and Wade would have their way with New York and the frontcourt defense from Shumpert, Iguodala, and Davis would be incredibly difficult to defeat, no matter how undersized Iggy is at power forward.

1. California

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love lead team California.

PG – Russell Westbrook - 19.9 ppg, 6.9 apg, 4.8 rpg

SG – James Harden - 16.2 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.8 rpg

SF – Paul George - 12.9 ppg, 1.5 spg, 5.8 rpg

PF – Kevin Love - 17.3 ppg, 1.9 apg, 12.2 rpg

C – Tyson Chandler – 8.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg

BenchPaul Pierce, Andre Miller, Brook LopezJeremy Lin, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Klay Thompson, Jrue Holiday, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard

Overview: Is there any argument that California doesn’t have the best team? Led by the backcourt duo of Westbrook and Harden, the Golden State has All-Stars at every starting position and three on the bench. They’re an excess of talent who would be nearly impossible for any other state to defeat.

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And just for argument’s sake, here’s the best roster the rest of the world could assemble:

International

PG – Kyrie Irving (Australia) – 20.6 ppg, 5.7 apg, 1.3 spg

SG – Tony Parker (France) – 17.1 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.0 rpg

SF – Andrei Kirilenko (Russia) – 12.4 ppg, 1.4 spg, 1.9 bpg

PF – Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) – 22.6 ppg, 2.6 apg, 8.2 rpg

C – Marc Gasol  (Spain) – 13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg

BenchTim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Steve Nash (South Africa), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Pau Gasol (Spain), Ricky Rubio (Spain), Omer Asik (Turkey), Ersan Ilyasova (Turkey), Nikola Pekovic (Montenegro), Luol Deng (Great Britain), Nicolas Batum (France)

275 Comments

  1. TEAM MARYLAND?! says:

    TEAM MARYLAND?! STARTING 5: Ty Lawson, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Roy Hibbert… & Jeff Green as 6th man!

  2. TTKIN says:

    North Carolina being that high makes zero sense to me.

  3. Alfy says:

    Noah is totally french. He played in college but he is playing for French National Team.

  4. jef says:

    these stats are old. paul george averages 17points

  5. jef says:

    california+ matt barnes, baron davis, ray allen, craig smith, nick young, derrick williams past:bruce bowen, reggie miller, jason kidd, gilbert arena

  6. damien says:

    they forgot t-mac is from florida

  7. Cam says:

    maryland has KD, mike beasley, jeff green, ty lawson, roy hibbert, rudy gay and more!!! MARYLAND def should be on here!!

  8. Dave says:

    #1 California starting tyson chandler over Brook Lopez… wtf?

  9. Joe Bereta says:

    I think instead of an all star game, some kind of tournament should go down between these teams.

  10. Barry says:

    Shawn Marion is from Illinois.

  11. IIwII says:

    Just wait a few years…Illinois will add Jabari Parker, Cliff Alexander, and another big body in Okafor With Rose and Davis it is a historic run.

  12. Alb says:

    Isnt D Will from Dallas?

  13. Forget STATE how about 1 county in Maryland, Prince Georges County. From here we have
    PG – Ty Lawson
    SG – Jeff Green
    SF – Kevin Durant
    PF – Mike Beasley
    C- ROy Hibbert

    Salute to team PG!!

  14. David says:

    Where’s J.J. Barea????

  15. Louis says:

    Where’s Deron Williams? He was born in Dallas, TX and Brook Lopez was born in Los Angeles, CA.

    • Curt says:

      How could they not make Deron Williams the point guard for TEXAS!!! That alone would boosted them a could spots!!!

  16. Eeki says:

    The International Team would surely be the best…

  17. Athnasia Columbus says:

    How do you not know Stephen Curry is from Charlotte,North Carolina? LeBron used to come watch him play when he was in college at Davidson!

  18. brandonyale says:

    this is a terrible list super inaccurate.. oden is from the mid west n maryland should def be on this list!!! Kevin Durant – Carmelo Anthony – Rudy Gay – Mike Beasley – Delonte West – Jarret Jack- should I keep going??

  19. Anthony says:

    Aint Deron Williams from Texas?

  20. ivan says:

    Duncan is way better then nowitzki

  21. Seraphic says:

    I love this idea a lot! Although it might be better if each player represented the state in which they lived the longest before joining the NBA, rather than the state where they were born. In other words, representing the state where they truly learned and developed their game the most. It would also be fun to rank the top 10 cities (like they debated about on an episode of Open Court.) I would love to watch any of these teams play against each other. I would also love to watch the all-star international team play against the current USA team. Why hasn’t this been done yet?

  22. Youngindy21 says:

    How the heck is David West on the bench for New Jersey and Kenneth Faried is starting? Last time I checked pretty much everyone would agree that David West is way better than Kenneth Faried.

  23. Raymond says:

    PG- Tony Parker
    SG – K.Erving
    SF- Luol Deng
    PF – Tim Duncan
    C – Marc Gasol

    M.Ginobili
    D.Nowitzki
    S.Ibaka
    R.Rubio
    A.Kerilenko
    P.Gasol
    S.Nash

  24. rdeano7 says:

    I know Faried is a beast but i don’t think he should start ahead of David West for NJ? Not yet anyway.

  25. Mark Howell says:

    Thought they should have included Maryland with players like durant lawson and jeff green

  26. JoeCool says:

    I’m putting these rosters in my nba2k13 game. These are cool rosters to battle it out in the best realistic basketball game they ever made!

  27. adam ehrenzeller says:

    they should implement this on NBA LIVE OR NBA2K just an idea

  28. GMan says:

    I agree that MD Did get snubbed even without Mello or Hibbert. But the article did state birthplace not where they were raised. And why are folks so bent about K.Love. Oregon would wouldn’t even scratch a top 20 list. Cali has the best talent and most of the players are from L.A. or the L.A. area.
    CALI ALL DAY!

  29. Bryan says:

    Where is kevin durant???

  30. mrvnr says:

    thaught that steve nash is canadian not aouth african?

  31. john says:

    Kyrie is from NJ and Nash is from canada not south africa. many would argue that durant should have made the list as well.

  32. Darius little says:

    Totally accurate!!! Actually the Intl teamed might be the hardest, but go Illinois!!! Chiraq!!!

  33. Jeremy says:

    Greg Oden is more a product of Indiana than New York. He only lived in New York until the age of 9

  34. jsmalls says:

    we should do a “which college team can put together the best team”

  35. shenmui says:

    Steve Nash is from South Africa? ahahah!

  36. DMV Born and Raised says:

    How did Maryland not make this list? KD, Ty Lawson, Mike Beasley, Vic Oladipo, Rudy Gay, Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert just to name a few

  37. Noah says:

    Melo is from Maryland.

  38. Austin says:

    Um what about Kevin Durant? I know Texas isn’t that low.

  39. chris spann says:

    Team California vs the International Team would be a great matchup!

  40. Ron says:

    Washington????
    Avery Bradley
    Jamal Crawford
    Martell Webster
    Marvin Williams
    Spencer Hawes
    Bench:
    Nate Robinson
    Tony Wroten
    Isaiah Thomas
    Jon Brockman

  41. ericj says:

    obviously with this being just for fun, i don’t think this guy really did a whole lot of research.. i think he just looked up where the league’s superstars are from, and filled up the rest of the list with the other guys from their states. that being said, i love this kind of stuff, and think it merits a more serious list (some type of a summer national tourney would be something really fun that the league could do to keep fans involved).

    like others have said, Maryland should be on there, and being from Indiana, i feel like we could be one of the top five or six with the guys we have

    INDIANA
    Starters
    PG: Jeff Teague – 14.6 ppg, 7.2 apg, 2.3 reb, 1.5 stl
    SG: Eric Gordon – 17.0 ppg, 3.3 apg., 1.1 stl
    SF: Gordon Hayward – 14.1 ppg, 3.0 apg, 3.1 reb.
    PF: Zach Randolph – 15.4 ppg., 11.2 reb, 1.4 apg
    C: Tyler zeller – 7.9 ppg, 5.7 reb, 1.2 apg
    Bench
    Mike conley – 14.6 ppg, 6.1 apg., 2.2 stl., 2.8 reb.
    George hill – 14.2 ppg., 4.7 apg., 3.7 reb, 1.1 stl
    Courtney lee – 7.8 ppg., 2.4 reb, 1.8 apg, 1.1 stl
    Josh mcroberts – 9.3 ppg., 7.2 reb, 2.7 apg
    E’twaun moore – 7.8 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.2 reb

  42. Malik0423 says:

    Deron williams if from Dallas and Kevin Garnett is from Chicago

  43. me says:

    Steve nash is african american haha

  44. Reece says:

    Yeah, all my Spurs are in here! Kawhi, Tim, Tony, and Manu!
    Also, Cali is way too stacked to even be fair. Lol

  45. Ronny says:

    ahi falta Ginobili en los internacionales estan locos en no ponerlo

  46. Erik says:

    Where is the DMV? Durant, Melo, Rudy Gay, Ty Lawson, Micheal Beasley, Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green?

  47. jiovany says:

    T-mac could be part of the bench for florida

  48. kellogs says:

    wow markieff and marcus morris are both listed, but brook lopez is listed without robin. Man that’s mean. Somewhere out there robin lopez is stroking his cats while silently weeping

  49. joel guevara says:

    my washington state/seattle players/wplayers who went to high school in washington team
    a little overloaded at the guard position..
    f martell webster
    f marvin williams
    c spencer hawes
    g jamal crawford
    g luke ridnour
    nate robinson
    isaiah thomas
    rodney stuckey
    tony wroten
    jason terry
    aaron brooks
    avery bradley
    f terrance williams
    will conroy
    f jon brockman
    add some frontcourt depth with guys who attended the U of W/WSU/Gonzaga
    quincy pondexter- UW from cali
    klay thompson WSU from cali
    terrance ross-slam dunk champion- Uof W from portland oregon
    austin daye Gonzaga from cali

  50. Big Dog says:

    ILLINOIS!!! Shoulda Been No. 1… Everybody Knows That.

  51. chitotsu says:

    Come on people!!! Did you guys read what this article says? “Player that are BORN in those state” NOT player grow up …LOL

  52. Art says:

    Make a new list with EVERY player to ever play! Only the best. Cali will still win..

  53. Chris says:

    Stephen Curry should be listed with North Carolina! Come on now

  54. steve says:

    Kevin Love is from Oregon, he just played at ucla

  55. BOOOOMMM says:

    what about Indiana????
    Zach Randolph
    Carl Landry
    Gordon Hayward
    Eric Gordon
    Mike Conley
    Bench: George Hill, Jeff Teague, Greg Oden, Courtney Lee, Josh Mcroberts, E’Twaun Moore, and the Zeller brothers.
    That is a better rotation of guards than most of the teams listed and not a horrible frontcourt with Z-bo holding it down

  56. ALEXANDRE LESCO says:

    agora só falta falar q nikola e o omer são melhores que Nene e Varejão ?????

  57. Ken says:

    The International team is better than any other

  58. Randy Pearce says:

    Dude kyrie raised in west orange, NJ. Went all through middle school and high school in jersey! C’mon man, put kyrie in that jersey back court and they take atleast a top 3 spot. That’s the best starting 5 here if everyone’s healthy!!

  59. Chris Thomas says:

    How is Maryland not in the top five????

  60. alan says:

    Indiana should be on this list.

  61. Patrickmarc says:

    California or International, they have complete dream team on the bench

  62. SpursFan says:

    How are the US Virgin Island a foreign country if they’re considered a US territory?

  63. Mtl Baller says:

    Nash grew up in British Columbia and is now GM of Team Canada. If he’s to play for South Africa then Kobe should play for Team Italy…

  64. DiX says:

    Lets do this!!! :)

  65. Smdh says:

    Pls pls pls stop saying that melo was born in Balt md. This article is about where ppl were BORN. Melo was born in NY hence the coming home theme when he was traded to the Knicks he was raised in Balt and dats fine but for article sake it’s where he was born. And yeah they should do a all-tie list cause umm Jordan was born in NY too. Lol

  66. Elliot says:

    lol will Bynum get two metions for Illinois

  67. Darren J. says:

    Since its limited to places these players were born, I guess that takes out MD because some of these guys are born elsewhere but definitely were raised in MD/DC area. Our team would be

    PG: Ty Lawson
    SG: Jarrett Jack
    SF: Kevin Durant
    PF: Carmelo Anthony
    C: Roy Hibbert

    Bench: Victor Oladipo, Michael Beasley, Rudy Gay, Delonte West, Jeff Green, Gary Neal, and Roger Mason.

  68. Sam Jackson says:

    Steven Jackson and Deron Williams needs to be starters for Team Texas

  69. Fay says:

    Tim Duncan is from St. Croix, U. S (as in America) Virgin Islands, not international

  70. Okckd35 says:

    I could swear the announcers always say Steve Nash is Canadian

  71. raul says:

    barsa de pajaros en esa lista falta al horford de dominicana, en el team internacional

  72. sam30 says:

    People, most of this can be solved by a quick trip to Wikipedia.
    The specifications are birthplace, so it’s pointless trying to say “but he grew up here”. It’s irrelevant.

    Maybe an all-time roster of players by college would be a less contentious list to make? And you could have an international group, and a straight from high school group to make it interesting.

    • Juggernaut584 says:

      The straight from high school group would be a very tough out for any team. Tell me who can beat this squad!

      PG – Tracy McGrady (or LBJ can run point….it really doesn’t matter)
      SG – Kobe Bryant
      SF – Lebron James
      PF – Kevin Garnett
      C – Moses Malone

      Bench: Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, JR Smith, Monta Ellis, Jermaine O’Neal, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Daryl Dawkins, Rashard Lewis

  73. marco says:

    ehm, gallinari? :D

  74. alfred says:

    chicago #1
    new york #2
    clevland #3
    california # 4
    rest world # 5

  75. john paolo says:

    for me team new york is stronger than team illinois….just look at every position…they have center that can shoot from three…and a defender in taj gibson and metta world peace…peace can defend wade gibson can defend rose…and they have also danny green and greg oden if healthy…

  76. Colin says:

    Yeah…Maryland needs to be included, as others have stated.

    Per Freshouttabuck, the team listed below could also include Victor Oladipo and Jarrett Jack. I would put Grievus on the international team though.

    PG: Ty Lawson
    SG: Rudy Gay
    SF: Kevin Durant (yes he is from maryland, not Texas or Oklahoma smh)
    PF: Carmelo Anthony
    C: Roy Hibbert
    Bench: Jeff Green, Michael Beasley, Josh Selby, Delonte West, Grievus Vasquez

  77. KGanyone says:

    kg is from California too!

  78. J says:

    what a fantastic article!!!

  79. kurt says:

    isnt kd from texas?

  80. awesom says:

    NBA.com writers are amazing, they always post entertaining stuff. Especially for stat geeks.

  81. LummyLumz says:

    In Australia, we have a concept called “State Of Origin”. This is a Rugby League 3-match series against the 2 biggest rivals in the sport. In the AFL (Australian Footlball League), there has historically been a 4-5 team competition with the best from each state playing a tournament to see who the best state is. This would be a brilliant concept to bring to the NBA, as you would have state rivalries and fresh, different teams to watch and support. Think about the money and sponsorship opportunities. Plus the bragging rights. I would love to have a jersey from my favourite state.

  82. yd says:

    Well am I the only one that is thinking why griffin and kevin durrant aint even considered?

  83. JDuncan says:

    Kyrie Irving is from Australia??? What about Andrew Bogut??? He’s an Aussie and when Healthy a pretty darn good center????

  84. dandan says:

    international team could beat team california

  85. moe says:

    kevin love is from OREGON tho

  86. Aaron says:

    No love for Washington State?

    Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy, Isaiah Thomas, Spencer Hawes, Austin Daye, Adam Morrison, Jamal Crawford, Aaron Brooks, Quincy Pondexter, Jon Brockman, Tony Wroten, Terrance Ross, Terrance Williams, Will Conroy, Luke Ridnour, Robert Sacre, Bobby Jones, Martell Webster, Avery Bradley, Rodney Stucky, Jason Terry,

  87. Ant says:

    Kyrie went to St. Pats highschool in Elizabeth, New Jersey .. He should be part of NJ

  88. matthew says:

    Should Kevin Love really be on California? Sure, he was born there but moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon no more than a year after his birth.

  89. Team New York says:

    Team New York says “LACK OF 3 POINT SHOOTERS”. with Melo, Danny Green, Fredette on the roster? Considering MWP and Frye are also decent bombers from beyond the arc. You gotta be kidding me

  90. Rondell says:

    Where is team Maryland at?

    Pg: Ty Lawson
    Sg: Rudy Gay
    Sf: Kevin Duranr
    Pf: Jeff Green
    C: Michael Beasley

    Bench: donte green, delonte west, roger mason, Gary Neal!

    We may lack big man but the speed and quickness at each position would kill in transition!

  91. v says:

    Start Deng at sf and the international squad takes the cake. also 1-3 are amazing squads

  92. tjw says:

    How did Deron Williams no make the Texas team? The dude has the state tattooed on his arm and even though he struggled this season he is still a really goos player! I would choose D rose and CP3 over him any day, but Better than Gibson that is for sure! But I guess that is my own opinion, even though the numbers don’t lie

  93. adeesha j1 says:

    one problem how is tim duncan not starting for the international team!!!!!

  94. hamza says:

    How about d will for Dallas

  95. God of the Nba says:

    team ny should clearly be number 1

  96. Kobe bryant says:

    Dayumm Derrick rose and Dwayne wade. If that ever happened, wud be cool.

  97. Riverws says:

    There should be a all-time player roster comparison.

  98. renz_garnett says:

    garnett is from illinois.. why not put him in there

  99. J Schamp says:

    Kevin Love is from Lake Oswago, OR????

  100. Umdfan says:

    Carmelo lived in Maryland longer. This article loses all credibility when Maryland does not even make the list. IMO Maryland is better than Cali. Durant melo gay Lawson Hubert (only lived in ny for 2 yrs… The rest in md).

  101. Natediggy says:

    You took Daniel Gibson over D-Will?? WTF???

  102. Jayc3 says:

    Pg tony parker
    Sg Irving
    Sf dirk
    Pf Duncan
    C pau
    6th Marc

  103. Freddy says:

    Put Parker at 1 and kyrie at 2 and I’ll agree

  104. Andrew M says:

    For Texas, Deron Williams was snubbed. Also, for California, Paul Pierce should be in the starting lineup. (Pennsylvania wins because of Kobe!!!!!

  105. Will says:

    John Henson is from Tampa, I went to high school with that dude

  106. jake says:

    Kevin Love ain’t from California. ..

  107. Chandler says:

    Team Indiana
    PG: Mike Conley
    SG: Eric Gordon
    SF: Gordon Hayward
    PF: Zach Randolph
    C: Greg Oden

    Bench: George Hill, Carl Landry, Courtney Lee, Jeff Teauge, Josh McRoberts, E’Twaun Moore, Marquis Teague

  108. David says:

    Kevin Love shouldn’t count for California. Yes he was born there but he moved to Oregon when he was 1.

  109. Professional Misfit says:

    Team Indiana would have Mike Conley, Eric Gordon, Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Jared Jeffries, JaJuan Johnson, Courtney Lee, Josh McRoberts, E’Twaun Moore, Miles Plumlee, Zach Randolph, Jeff Teague, and Marquis Teague. That’s a decent lineup.

  110. Abdi Hared says:

    Washington state and Maryland need to be on this list!

  111. Kimmy says:

    I can’t wait for the season to start. Then the good articles will come…..

  112. terpsfan says:

    Maryland should have been up here. We have KD and Melo (Melo is from baltimore not NY)

  113. John says:

    Why not have off-season games composed of these teams? Just for fun! Wouldn’t it be nice?

  114. yoyoyoyo says:

    people get your facts right before commenting you look like fools

  115. jsking says:

    i think international is the number one, and also you forget al horford from dominican republic as an international player!!

  116. aarondg says:

    Why is Deron Williams NOT starting for Texas… he played in Dallas… dont cheat us by giving us Boobie as a starter..

  117. Just because we don’t have a basketball team, Maryland always gets forgotten. First I would protest that carmelo should be listed under Baltimore instead of new York because he moved to bmore when he was a child and made his name here. Here is the team, they would beat any of these
    PG: Ty Lawson
    SG: Rudy Gay
    SF: Kevin Durant (yes he is from maryland, not Texas or Oklahoma smh)
    PF: Carmelo Anthony
    C: Roy Hibbert
    Bench: Jeff Green, Michael Beasley, Josh Selby, Delonte West, Grievus Vasquez
    That starting lineup would actually beat any team today.

    • Rondell says:

      Roy Hibbert and Melo wasn’t born in Maryland they just played ball there. But I still agree we get over looked and we have and had amazing talent come from Maryland!

  118. Kyle says:

    Isnt Steph Curry from Charlotte???

  119. Jeremy says:

    You want to look at Indiana again sir..

    mike Conley Eric Gordon Gordon Hayward Zach Randolph Tyler zeller George hill courtney lee miles plumlee josh macRoberts Jeff Teague marquis Teague

  120. Alfred says:

    Did you really just start Dirk over Timmy Duncan? And Iggy at the 4 spot?

  121. Gio.B says:

    These rosters would be cool to mess around with on 2k man.

  122. GoMavs says:

    Uhh… I don’t think that California would be nearly impossible to beat. What about Ohio and Illinois?

  123. Evan says:

    Not only should Kyrie not be considered Australian, Steve Nash should be considered Canadian not South African. He moved from South Africa to Canada when he was 18 months and he is a big part of basketball Canada. On the Wikipedia page it even says he is a Canadian, not South Africain, basketball player.

    • topherwinn says:

      Dude… read the beginning again. BORN…not nationality. Sigh… getting tired of all this idiocy. Born born born born born born. For this article it doesn’t matter if he grew up somewhere else…doesn’t matter if you “knew” them…or “played” ball with/against them…or dated your neighbors cousin. Born born born. Where were they born?

      • Juggernaut584 says:

        Thank you so much for clarifying the obvious that everyone else seems to be ignoring! And everyone, Melo was born in Brooklyn, NY. He did grow up in Baltimore though.

  124. Habada says:

    Dude Ariza is from LA. He was born in fl…

  125. veeno says:

    Washington would probably be most fun to watch. Nate robinson, jamal crawford, martell webster, marvin williams, spencer hawes. Isaiah thomas jon brockman off the bench.

  126. Freemen says:

    Tim Duncan should be a starter

  127. Zeke Lemonberger says:

    Kyrie Irving should be in the NJ team. Easy bump from 9 to 7 the least.

  128. Danny Moffitt says:

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is from jersey dude from somerdale, nj

  129. g says:

    Where is deron Williams for Texas??

  130. Dale Snitterman says:

    Indiana produces more pro basketball players per capita than any other state, thanks for the love.

  131. Ismael says:

    Why isn’t Kevin Durant not on the list for team Texas he should be leading Texas.

  132. Tae says:

    eric gordan not on team Illinois?

  133. Mark says:

    @wakaloooka Kyrie has dual citizenship, smart one. So he is Australian.

  134. Van says:

    Interestingly enough, the comments section turned into a debate forum about NBA players’ real origins. It’s like the elections.

    On another subject, looks like Team International beats Team USA any time. Frontcourt leaders Tim and Dirk? Wonder brothers Pau and Marc? Statsheet fillers Batum and Kirilenko? And a backcourt duo of Nash AND Parker?

  135. Mark says:

    @QJ Durant’s not from Oklahoma? He’s from DC

  136. SB says:

    Shannon Brown is from Illinois

  137. 0BLAZER says:

    Kevin Love was born in California, but his parents moved to Oregon a year later.

  138. superD says:

    babbit is from Reno

  139. max033 says:

    there must be for sure team “americans born outside of america”
    very good article idea
    and suprisingly – NO trolls!

  140. richerthenrich says:

    Overview: Team New York is loaded with talent at every position and they have some of the best depth in the nation. The main problem would be a lack of 3-point shooters but with a starting lineup like theirs, it could be worked around.
    DID YOU REALLY SAY THE MAIN PROBLEM WOULD BE A LACK OF 3 PT SHOOTERS WITH MELO, DANNY GREEN and FREDETTE?? Lol THE KNICKS WOULD BE STILL BE THE SAME 3PT SHOOTING TEAM THEY WERE LAST YEAR!

  141. Team JumpShot says:

    What about Washington, there is a load of players in the league with jumpshots as wet as the climates. Jamal, Nate, Jason All great sixth men….nothing wrong with having a team full of 3 point shooters right?

  142. Neo says:

    Isn’t Stephen Curry from charlotte…… Why is he playing for Ohio?

  143. Indiana please? says:

    PG- Mike Conley, George HIll, Jeff teague
    SG- Eric Gordon, Courtney Lee
    SF- Gordon Hayward, Jared Jeffries
    PF- Zach Randolph, Zeller Brothers
    C- Greg Oden

    • Brian says:

      Thank You! Also left out was Marquis Teague (Bulls), E’Twaun Moore (Magic), and Josh McRoberts (Bobcats),

  144. oregon says:

    kevin love is frome oregon….!!!!

  145. Rick says:

    how do you have Danny Green and Melo and have a shortage of 3 pointers ??

    No team so undersize as Illinois would be able to do damage in a series.

  146. brandon ward says:

    Maryland – kevin Durant, rudy gay, Carmelo Anthony, ty Lawson, roy hibbert, Michael Beasley. I start throwing in Jeff Green, Roger Mason, Gary Neal, Henry Sims, Greivis Vasquez, Dante Cunningham, nolan smith, keith bogans, , The is easily the best group. Its not even close. Are yall serious?

  147. Kevin Durant says:

    Come on now, Did you really forget washington D.c???!!!

  148. Gorka says:

    Hey! And Washington D.C.? The District of Columbia.

    1-John Lucas
    2-Roger Mason, Delonte West
    3-Sam Young, James White
    4-KEVIN DURANT,
    5-Patrick Patterson, Ed Davis

    This state must be on this list!

  149. Edgar says:

    Where’s Al Horford??

  150. 2much says:

    boobie gibson over Deron Williams for the Texas squad?? That aint right.

  151. AO says:

    Illinois should be #1!!!

  152. Henrik Jensen says:

    even if Nash is Canadian more than South African, he will still be on the International Team, so end of story guys

  153. dont read this says:

    Then we created the best hypothetical teams that could be put together from players that were born in those states…players that were BORn..that were BORN..BORN. BORN.

  154. Danny says:

    California is so craaaazy! Look at that bench!!!

  155. okc1 says:

    interesting line up… can we not do an all star weekend with this kind of line up just a once off battle for a change….

  156. Alessandro says:

    as a T’wolves fan i’m good with this…but as an Italiam…I AM NOT!!…where’s GALLINARI in the international team?!?!?!??! at least on the bench…and even Belinelli may have deserved a spot on that bench!

  157. JeffX says:

    Nice idea for an article, no that good on delivery. Some of the benches are better that the starters.

  158. Ajjan says:

    C – Kelly Olynyk
    PF – Tristan Thompson
    SF – Anthony Bennett
    SG – Andrew Wiggins
    PG – Steve Nash

  159. NJ4Ever says:

    You are misinformed. Kyrie Irving & Mike Kidd-Gilchrist grew up playing basketball in NJ. I played against MKG in middle school. He’s never lived in Philly…

  160. Wall Ball says:

    ILLINOIS ALL TIME TEAM:

    PGS 2Gs SF PF C
    Isiah Thomas D Wade Mark Aguirre Mickey Johnson George Mikan
    Derrick Rose Jerry Sloan Shawn Marion Terry Cummings Eddie Curry
    Maurice Cheeks Jeff Hornacek Michael Finley Antoine Walker Steven Hunter
    Tim Hardaway Hersey Hawkins Andre Igoudala Juwan Howard Melvin Ely
    Doc Rivers Kendall Gill Eddie Johnson Anthony Davis

    Honorable Mention Players: Quentin Richardson, Corey Maggette, Will Bynum, Cazzie Russell, Evan Turner, Shannon Brown
    Bobby Simmons, Darrell Walker, Ricky Green, Quinn Buckner

    • Marcus A says:

      You just listed players from Illinois, not that they should be “all time”. I mean “Eddie Curry”? He was nice early on but but his star crashed quickly. Illinois all time would go more like this
      D. Rose PG (close with Thomas)
      D. Wade SG
      G. Mikan C
      M. Agiurre SF
      T. Cummings PF (close with Howard)

      Bench: I. Thomas, T. Hardaway, J. Sloan, M. Cheeks, J. Howard, C. Russell, A. Davis.
      Wanted to get Doc Rivers on the team but too many pg’s. Everyone else are honorable mentions. Hopefully, Anthony Davis earns his stay on this list.

  161. laf32 says:

    Kevin love is from OREGON. maybe he was born in cali but he played all his basketball in elementary and highschool in oregon. so the state of oregon developed him. not California.

    • QJ says:

      His game was developed by HIS FATHER (former NBA player), not Oregon. He has more California roots than anything. Born in Santa Monica, nephew of The Beach Boys’ lead singer, UCLA alumni, he bleeds CALI! Plus, Oregon doesn’t deserve him after how badly they treated him after he committed to UCLA instead of Oregon. Fans threw trash at his family during the versus games, sending him death threats and calls, silly! TEAM CALIFORNIA ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!!

      • Jake says:

        Hey, “QJ” guy… who he developed his game WITH is irrelevant to this topic. It’s about which state players are from… and Love grew up in Lake Oswego, OR. And in my opinion, if you’re a young man in your 20s then the place you grew up in is still “where you’re from” and you shouldn’t even try to say otherwise until you spend years and years living somewhere else. Just because he’s related to a Beach Boy doesn’t automatically make him from Cali. You’re being obnoxiously biased. Obviously, death threats to Basketball players is stupid but it’s not like all Cali fans are above being jerks themselves. You’re proof of that…

  162. Wiliam "Squib" Johnson-Deascen says:

    Nice Teams!!!… but…
    I say…

    #5 Illinois
    #4 Pennsylvania
    #3 Texas
    #2 California
    #1 International

    thats what i think… -William

  163. Drew says:

    MARYLAND :
    Ty Lawson , mike Beasley , Carmelo,Jeff green , Roy Hibbert, Kevin Durant , Rudy gay, jarret jack, josh Selby, greivis vasquez,

  164. jaoromero says:

    make a list for all-time players. Jordan’s team would be number one.

  165. jaoromero says:

    make a list for all-time players. i’m sure any team with Jordan will always be number one.

  166. sammmmmy says:

    Tim Duncan starter over Marc…… for sure! Patty Mills from Australia

  167. Heather Angel says:

    I know it’s a fantasy game, but..
    Tim Duncan was all-NBA first team this year. Benching him makes no sense. Certainly not when starting Tony Parker.

  168. h town representa says:

    deron Williams and Kevin Durant is from texas 2

  169. jon jon says:

    You should have added team DMV:

    PG: Ty Lawson
    SG: Kevin Durant
    SF: Jeff Green
    PF: Rudy Gay
    C: Roy Hibbert

    Bench: Donte Cunningham, Keith Bogans, Greivias Vazques, Sam Young, Roger Mason, Delonte West, Michael Beasley

    • Celtics man 09 says:

      the international team and the California team are the best on the list!!!

    • chefits says:

      Thank you!!! Oh yeah dont forget OJ Mayo, Demarcus Cousins and Grant Hill. Carmelo should have been on our list, he’s from Baltimore and went to OAK HILL. Even though he was born is Brooklyn, he played in school HERE…this list is way off. What a disgrace, whover wrote this article is clueless!!!

  170. Deni K says:

    You should make an article like this one only with all time players not just those who are active today! I believe it would be a great read!

  171. Edward says:

    #3 should of been #2. #3’s frontcourt would be unstoppable and would snag up all the rebounds and Noah is athletic so he could space the floor enough so that Melo could have enough lane room

  172. Jet says:

    Gotta Rep For My State Michigan:

    PG – Jordan Crawford

    SG – Jason Richardson

    SF – Wilson Chandler

    PF – Kenyon Martin

    C – Chris Kaman

    Bench – Draymond Green, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Shane Battier, JaVale McGee

  173. aaaaaa says:

    Rajon Rondo is also from Georgia, if he was actually on the list they’d be like 4 spots higher.

  174. jay says:

    No Steph Curry for North Carolina? He’s from Charlotte, right?

  175. jj says:

    lol for team texas they forgot deron williams

  176. D13 says:

    The international team’s starting five is whack. Did you see Tim Duncan play last year? Definitely better than Gasol, even at this age. He was all NBA first team, come on now. Also Deng is infinitely better than Kirilenko!

    • Symosky says:

      Marc gasol says hi. If you’re asking what’s in his other hand, it’s his defensive player of the year trophy.

  177. matthew mathis says:

    CALI ALL DAY

    • Darin says:

      They could make a team of players just from the LA area and it would be first on this list.

  178. johnashley27 says:

    Kirilenko over deng for 3 spot wow……

  179. Darin says:

    Nice article but they should have decided whether to use birthplace or where the players attended high school. They used a mixture of the two. For example, Meeks was born in Tennessee but attended high school in Georgia. They have Meeks on the Georgia team. Irving was born in Australia and attended high school in New Jersey. They have Irving on the international team.

  180. sun jack says:

    i say switch tony and kyrie move dirk down to SF(he has all the talents of a SF but 7ft tall)and put Pau Gasol at PF:

    PG:Tony Parker
    SG:Kyrie Irving
    SF:Dirk Nowitzki
    PF: Pau Gasol
    C:Marc Gasol

    • JeffX says:

      I Doubt Dirk could guard a small forward or should we put him on LeBron. Where the hell is Timmy Duncan?

      • Dayvon says:

        He is there just look

      • joe says:

        Why the hell is Andrei kerelienko ( don’t know how to spell his name ) starting over luol Deng a 2 time all star and great defender. He also is a better scorer. ” You must be on drugs!!!!” *said in Stephen a smith voice*

      • anonymous says:

        Do you know who Kirilenko is??! In his prime he was monster defensively. He led the league in blocks one season

  181. wakaloooka says:

    If an American Kid was Born in China does that make him Chinese?? Kyre Irving is not Australian thats for sure.

    • kellogs says:

      Chinese can refer to both citizenship and race. He’d be PRC by citizenship but caucasian/african/latino/wtv by race.

  182. ahmed says:

    where is durant?

  183. Michael McBride says:

    Andrea Bargnani italy

  184. wrong says:

    WRONG, Greg Oden is from Indiana, Kevin Love is from Oregon, Wesley Matthews is from Milwakee.

    This is a joke

  185. WHAT says:

    illinois is good, but having two of the same players is not fair, and im not talking about D-Wade and D-Rose( Will BynumX2)

  186. Hmm says:

    I belive that autor got hit on his head and forgot about Marcin Goretat(Poland), Andrew Bogut(Australia), Serge Ibaka(Spain),
    Tiago Spliter(Argentina), Leonardo Barbosa(Brazil), Nene(Brazil), Jonas Valanciunas(Lithuenia), Donatas MotjeJunas(Lithuenia), …

  187. Inamo says:

    Kobe and Lebron fans… time to troll this article :)

  188. Lola says:

    Oh, I feel that Steve Nash is more Canadian then South African and I believe that is what he considers to be more than South African and he really only lived there for a year after birth. I get that this is based on where they were born, but I don’t consider someone like Kyrie an international player, but I do believe Nash is, but more for Canada than South Africa.

  189. Lola says:

    Um, wouldn’t Kyrie be considered more for New Jersey? I mean he was only born in Australia because his father was playing professionally and lived there for like a year or two. I mean I don’t consider him international player. It’s just like someone being born in China because there parent was stationed there while serving in the military; they are still considered American because of their parents are American. Again this is just my opinion.