An NBA in which everyone went ‘home’

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After four years in Miami, LeBron James decided in early July to return to Cleveland.

LeBron James warmed the hearts of Clevelanders, northeast Ohio residents and Moms everywhere when he announced his return to the Cavaliers and ‘fessed up to the lure of his Akron hometown, both for him and the young family he is raising.

Kevin Durant already has been identified by the Washington Wizards as a target in 2016 free agency, which provides context for the team’s recent decision to hire David Adkins, Durant’s old high school coach from Montrose Christian.

And naturally, it’s only a small leap – or click of some ruby-colored shoes – to go from the Wizards to “There’s no place like home,” Dorothy‘s mantra that eventually got her off the yellow-brick road and back to Kansas. That got some of us at the Hang Time HQ thinking about an NBA that tilted entirely toward hometowns and players’ roots.

Remember, in its infancy, the league conferred “territorial rights” on its teams so they could keep promising and already popular college players close to home, to piggyback on the local fame. Dick Garmaker, Tom Gola, Tom Heinsohn, Guy Rodgers, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry Lucas, Dave DeBusschere and others all entered the league as territorial picks.

What would the NBA look like if rosters were filled only with hometown players? Well, as you might expect, teams in the major population centers – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago – would be fine. Some in smaller markets would wind up scraping for talent, even if their “borders” were artificially extended by another state or three. Then again, there would be a vast talent pool of free agents who weren’t born in proximity to any particular NBA franchise, most obviously those from other nations.

Here’s a glimpse at the starting lineups of a thoroughly “hometown” NBA (based on birth cities & states, via basketball-reference.com):

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTA
G – Jodie Meeks
G – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
F – Derrick Favors
F – Josh Smith
C – Dwight Howard

Notes: Some help off the bench, too, from Georgia-born players, including Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Singleton, Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas.

BOSTON
G – Michael Carter-Williams
G – Ricky Ledo
F – Jeff Adrien
F – ?
C – ?

Notes: Spread the net across New England and you only add Ledo to Carter-Williams and Adrien. (If we’re missing somebody for the Celtics or any other team, post your suggestions in the Comments.)

BROOKLYN
G – Lance Stephenson
G – A.J. Price
F – Kenneth Faried
F – Jason Thompson
C – Taj Gibson

Notes: The Nets’ turf for our purposes was defined as Brooklyn and New Jersey. Decent subs here too, including MarShon Brooks, Earl Clark, Gerald Henderson, Andrew Bynum, J.R. Smith, Chris Copeland and Randy Foye.

CHARLOTTE
G – John Wall
G – Chris Paul
F – P.J. Tucker
F – John Henson
C –Jermaine O’Neal

Notes: Tough to beat a Carolinas backcourt, what with Wall and Paul and Raymond Felton in reserve.

CHICAGO
G – Derrick Rose
G – Dwyane Wade
F – Andre Iguodala
F – Shawn Marion
C – Anthony Davis

Notes: Help in the backcourt could come from Patrick Beverley, Tony Allen, Shaun Livingston, Iman Shumpert and Evan Turner.

CLEVELAND
G – Trey Burke
G – Stephen Curry
F – LeBron James
F – Jared Sullinger
C – Kosta Koufos

Notes: It’s true – Steph Curry was born in Akron. Imagine if he felt the same tug from northeast Ohio that LeBron does.

DETROIT
G – Chris Douglas-Roberts
G – Jordan Crawford
F – Wilson Chandler
F – Draymond Green
C – JaVale McGee

Notes: Chris Kaman comes off the bench among players born in Michigan, and Shane Battier just missed this great honor.

INDIANA
G – Jeff Teague
G – Mike Conley
F – Zach Randolph
F – Gordon Hayward
C – Cody Zeller

Notes: Basketball’s influence in Indiana is evident in the depth here, which includes Eric Gordon, Josh McRoberts, George Hill, Courtney Lee, Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee, Robbie Hummel and others.

MIAMI
G – Brandon Knight
G – Tim Hardaway Jr.
F – Trevor Ariza
F – Udonis Haslem
C – Larry Sanders

Notes: The Heat’s impact is apparent with Hardaway Jr. as well as Glen Rice Jr. We considered putting Dwyane Wade on this squad, based on his statement that “home is where the heart is” when he re-signed with Miami. But that wouldn’t have been fair to those who knew him when back in Robbins, Ill.

MILWAUKEE
G – Devin Harris
G – Dwight Buycks
F – Carl Landry
F – Caron Butler
C – Greg Stiemsma

Notes: This Wisconsin group is getting a little long in the tooth. It’s been a while since the Dairyland enjoyed its NBA sweet spot (Terry Porter, Latrell Sprewell, Nick Van Exel all debuting in the mid-1980s).

NEW YORK
G – Kemba Walker
G – Jimmer Fredette
F – Carmelo Anthony
F – Andre Drummond
C – Joakim Noah

Notes: Odd that most of the depth on a New York-born squad would be in the frontcourt (Tobias Harris, Ryan Kelly, Roy Hibbert, Andray Blatche, Charlie Villanueva, Channing Frye and so on). After all, the Big Apple was known for decades for the quality of its point guards.

ORLANDO
G – Nick Calathes
G – Chandler Parsons
F – Alonzo Gee
F – Amar’e Stoudemire
C – Marreese Speights

Notes: Florida required a split of the talent pool, with Miami drawing from South Florida and the Atlantic Coast and Orlando getting pretty much everything else.

PHILADELPHIA
G – Kyle Lowry
G – Kobe Bryant
F – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F – Tyrke Evans
C – DeJuan Blair

Notes: And this still leaves the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, on the bench, alongside Dion Waiters, Lavoy Allen and veteran influence Jameer Nelson.

TORONTO
G – Steve Nash
G – Andrew Wiggins
F – Anthony Bennett
F – Tristan Thompson
C – Kelly Olynyk

Notes: OK, so we need an asterisk on Nash, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. But he’s so identified with the game in Canada, it seemed like an acceptable exception. If you want to be a stickler, substitute Cory Joseph for him.

WASHINGTON
G – Ty Lawson
G – Victor Oladipo
F – Kevin Durant
F – Rudy Gay
C – Patrick Patterson

Notes: Opening this up to Maryland and Virginia brought out numbers at the guard and forward spots (Gary Neal, Jarrett Jack, Delonte West, John Lucas III, Michael Beasley, Ed Davis), though we’d still have to go small in the middle.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

DALLAS
G – Phil Pressey
G – C.J. Miles
F – Mike Dunleavy Jr.
F – LaMarcus Aldridge
C – Chris Bosh

Notes: Texas is a big state, but there are three NBA teams to stock and fewer than 40 of the state’s all-time 138 league alumni are active. For distribution purposes, the Mavericks got Dallas and Fort Worth products, the Rockets got their metro area and east from which to draw and the Spurs got dibs on most of the rest.

DENVER
G – Chauncey Billups
G – ?
F – James Johnson
F – Jason Smith
C – ?

Notes: There have been only two NBA players born in Colorado since Jimmy Carter was in the White House – and Billups isn’t one of them (Smith and Nick Fazekas). We had to go to Wyoming to get Johnson.

GOLDEN STATE
G – Damian Lillard
G – Orlando Johnson
F – Paul Pierce
F – ?
C – Drew Gooden

Notes: California is like Texas, only more so. The NBA has had 346 Californians participate through the years but only about a fifth of them are active – and there are four teams to account for.

HOUSTON
G – Gerald Green
G – Jimmy Butler
F – Emeka Okafor
F – DeAndre Jordan
C – Kendrick Perkins

Notes: We took the liberty of the non-specified position slots to go without a point guard here. Could have tabbed Ben Uzoh, if pressed.

L.A. CLIPPERS
G – Russell Westbrook
G – Arron Afflalo
F – Kevin Love
F – Tayshaun Prince
C – Tyson Chandler

Notes: See Lakers notes.

L.A. LAKERS
G – James Harden
G – Klay Thompson
F – Kawhi Leonard
F – DeMar DeRozan
C – Brook Lopez

Notes: Compared to most of the other states/markets, southern California offers an embarrassment of riches in terms of NBA talent. We plugged in these guys randomly and still have a bunch of quality players in reserve, including Amir Johnson, Nick Young, Chris Andersen, Andre Miller, Brandon Jennings and more.

MEMPHIS
G – Rajon Rondo
G – Lou Williams
F – Corey Brewer
F – J.J. Redick
C – Brandan Wright

Notes: Opening this up to include Kentucky as well as Tennessee didn’t yield the expected number of NBA regulars.

MINNESOTA
G – Kirk Hinrich
G – Mike Miller
F – Alan Anderson
F – Harrison Barnes
C – Nick Collison

Notes: Talk about embarrassing – Hang Time opened up Minnesota’s domain to include the Dakotas and Iowa … and four of the five starting spots arguably belong to products of those states. Among the native Minnesotans in reserve: Nate Wolters, Jon Leuer, Cole Aldrich, Kris Humphries and Royce White.

NEW ORLEANS
G – D.J. Augustin
G – Marcus Thornton
F – Thaddeus Young
F – Paul Millsap
C – Greg Monroe

Notes: Not bad depth from down on the bayou, with a second-unit crew that includes Perry Jones, Brandon Bass, Robert Sacre, Garrett Temple, Donald Sloan and old head Danny Granger.

OKLAHOMA CITY
G – Earl Watson
G – Archie Goodwin
F – Joe Johnson
F – Blake Griffin
C – Ekpe Udoh

Notes: It took a sweep of four states, including Kansas, Nebraska and Arkansas, to pull together this starting five. Sorry, Seattle and the state of Washington were off-limits, given how many players that area already donated to OKC.

PHOENIX
G – Jerryd Bayless
G – Carrick Felix
F – Damion James
F – Andre Roberson
C – ?

Notes: Slim pickings even with New Mexico in the mix, which can be explained in part by how many folks settle in the American Southwest past their child-bearing years.

PORTLAND
G – Isaiah Thomas
G – Jamal Crawford
F – Marvin Williams
F – Terrence Jones
C – Spencer Hawes

Notes: This roster took on an entirely reinvigorated look when it was opened up beyond Oregon products to include those from Washington. Now it has a bench including Avery Bradley, Martell Webster, Rodney Stuckey, Aaron Brooks, Nate Robinson and Terrence Ross, among others.

SACRAMENTO
G – Quincy Pondexter
G – Paul George
F – Matt Barnes
F – Ryan Anderson
C – Tyler Zeller

Notes: It’s not easy being fourth among California’s four NBA teams, even if your turf is considered to be everything outside of the Bay Area and the greater L.A. metroplex.

SAN ANTONIO
G – ?
G – Wes Johnson
F – Wesley Matthews
F – Quincy Acy
C – Ivan Johnson

Notes: So we fudged it on Johnson (Corsicana) and Acy (Tyler), who were born closer to Dallas. San Antonio had a run of NBA role players a while back (Michael Doleac, Bo Outlaw, Jeff Foster, David Wesley) but might need the offspring of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to grow up fast.

UTAH
G – Luke Ridnour
G – C.J. Watson
F – ?
F – ?
C – ?

Notes: Talk about some serious gerrymandering. Watson is from Nevada, Ridnour is from Idaho and we fought off the temptation to go pluck Mario Chalmers from Alaska. There hasn’t been a Utah-born player in the NBA since 2010 (Devin Brown), nor any born there since February 1981.

 

128 Comments

  1. Max says:

    Nash? Wrong side of Canada!!!~~~ LONG AWAY FROM HIS HOME!!!~~

  2. ohio says:

    Oj mayo is from Ohio and patrrick Patterson is closer to Ohio the Washington his actuly from right across the bridge

  3. Pat says:

    Jabari from Chicago too

  4. daniel says:

    You forgot deron williams on the mavericks. He’s from the colony, a Dallas suburb

  5. WhoGivesA.... says:

    Lakers would destroy all competition

  6. Cesar says:

    Is their any other centers born in Chicago

  7. Nick says:

    So last I checked dwill was from Dallas (actually the colony but same difference) but you replace him with CJ Miles?

  8. ant says:

    OH DAVID WEST… man you Cheated NC

  9. ant says:

    For charlotte

    Steph Curry?
    Anthony Morrow?
    JOsh Howard?

  10. Bernie LC says:

    Can you also make a list of the top foreign players as one team ? Think: Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan (?), Manu Ginobili, Peja, Luol Deng…this team would easily beat all the others..

  11. Pacers BLM says:

    What’s up with Tyler Zeller he’s from Southern Indiana not the Sacramento area. Lots of guys from a small market. All time team is fantastic.

  12. delusion101 says:

    team Spain
    g. jose calderon
    g. ricky rubio
    f.?
    f. pau gasol
    c.marc gasol

  13. Brian Thomas says:

    Add John Lucas lll to the Rockets. Played his High School ball at the same school Emeka Okafor did.

  14. Carlo says:

    Ok, all this maybe started from that bulls..t thing “coming home”.

    But it shows how hard it is to write something every day when the season is far away.

  15. Roger Gornichec says:

    This article is silly. It is fantasy. I am sorry that I wasted my time in opening it but I am glad that I stopped reading it after the first few lines.

    • harrythehawk says:

      I agree Roger. It’s off season so the writers are trying to keep our interest. NBATV is so dead right now.

  16. Trix says:

    What about my raptors. Toronto got a better team than most other american cities! Don’t forget about two other rookies this year, tyler ennis and nik stauskas. The future seems bright in Toronto/Canada basketball

  17. JLo says:

    Chicago is pretty stacked. Also if they had rooks Jabari could fill as another solid player in the line up. New York’s frontcourt aslo is loaded with Melo, Joakim, Drummond, and Hibbert.

  18. Ryan Smith says:

    I am just a little upset, you missed a few philly guys that are still active, John Salmons, Dionte Christmas, Hakim Warrick, Malik Wayns, Wayne Ellington, also Gerald Henderson played his highschool ball here in philly. This might be a stretch but Flip Murray was n the d league last season & I think Mardy Collins also

  19. Rick Kamla says:

    I could beat Shaq in a free throw contest he’s scared if he doesn’t accept my challenge

  20. Cuz says:

    Wait wait wait….umm…why would they want to put all those players on clippers? All those guys should be on the lakers squad. Com’On nba.com!

  21. S C says:

    MAAAN what about SEATTLE:
    G: isiah thomas
    G: jamal crawford
    F: martell webster
    F: Marvin williams
    C: Spencer Hawes

    and then u have a bunch of G like Nate robinson, Aaron Brooks, avery bradley, jason terry, tony wroten

    206 men 206…..

  22. eli says:

    Boston: Nerlens Noel = C

  23. liquidcobra says:

    NBA 2K14 PC Roster Editors. It won’t get any better than this. Change the opening from Lebron to the “I’m Coming Home” song and a new background to match.

  24. Eddy Griff says:

    Jabari parker should be on the chicago squad unless you arent counting rookies. and I believe nerlens noel would be on the boston squad as he was an AAU teammate of MCW

  25. calvin says:

    Don’t forget Danny Greene of the championship Spurs is a New York alumni also.

  26. TTKIN says:

    I know Paul Pierce was born in Oakland, but didn’t he spend most of his life in Inglewood? Wouldn’t that be considered his hometown? Which would be the Lakers bcuz they used to play at The Forum in Inglewood.

  27. Legend says:

    You forgot Kyrie Irving for Brooklyn. He is from New Jersey.

    • yeah right says:

      Kyrie irving is born in Australia.. (sighs)

      • harrythehawk says:

        His parents are American and both graduated from Boston University. His dad is from New York and his mom is from Seattle Washington. Used to work w his mom one summer at BU way before they married…..

  28. andrew says:

    For boston you could have use shabazz napier and nerlens noel

  29. Les says:

    Hmm, you probably could have put Jabari Parker under the chicago team!??

  30. Nick says:

    + Nash hometown is 25 000 miles away from Toronto…….

  31. Zachary Clifford says:

    Tyler Zeller is from Washington, Indiana. How is his homecoming team Sacramento?

  32. Brendan Armstrong says:

    Matt Bonner is from New Hampshire. So, add a top 3-point shooter to Boston’s bench.

  33. Arnold Pineda says:

    What’s the point of this article?

    • Lighten Up says:

      Fun. You should try it sometime. All work and no play makes Arnold Pineda a duuuuuuuulllllllllllllllllllll boy.

  34. RobbMcG01 says:

    Paul George is from Palmdale, Ca.. It’s in Los Angeles county. You can throw him on either the Lakers or the Clippers, preferably the Lakers., but not the Kings. That’s almost a 6 hour drive from Palmdale, compared to the hour drive to the Staples Center.

  35. mike jordan says:

    mike jones?..did you mean U.S. national team?..not Miami squad

  36. mike jordan says:

    mike jones. did you mean U.S.A. national team?..

  37. NOA says:

    according to this, Bulls is the strongest one but in reality it isn’t. so it shows the bad management of Bulls

  38. sam iam says:

    The dallas team would be nasty if dwill was added as PG. DWILL, Bosh and Aldridge would do damage to go along with the two shooters cj miles and dunleavy.

  39. Dan Cross says:

    For MKE drop Caron Butler and replace him w/ Steve Novak and Wesley Matthews as 6th man

  40. philner says:

    cody zeller and tyler zeller are not siblings? or cody is staying in Indiana and Tyler is staying in Sacramento?

  41. KingTuk says:

    Lou Williams is from Atlanta I thought????

  42. jujubabe says:

    New York solid line up

  43. Gwill says:

    an obvious miss is Kevin Love and kyle singler on Portland…c’mon man

    • Sedare says:

      Putting Love in LA is the worst reporting I have ever seen. He was born in SE portland. :o

  44. Innernet says:

    I think this idea’s stolen from reddit?

  45. Jack Pujols says:

    Carmelo Anthony is from Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn NY. Kyrie Urving is from West Orange NJ.
    Kyrie Irving
    Lance Stephenson
    Kenneth Faried
    Carmelo Anthony
    Taj Gibson

  46. Juols says:

    Not to sound completely like an asian stereotype, but Jeremy Lin was born/grew up in the San Francisco Bay area…if that area needs more guards…

  47. Fare says:

    How about the #2 pick Jabari Parker for Chicago? Born and raised here, went to the same high school as D.Rose

    KG played his highschool ball here I Chicago too

  48. Celtics Fan says:

    Alonzo Gee should be with the Heat. He was born and raised in Riviera Beach which is in Palm Beach County which anybody that lives down here knows is part of South Florida.

  49. Cory says:

    Deron Williams is a product of Dallas, TX, he attended The Colony HS, which is a suburb of the DFW area. He wasnt even listed.

  50. sachidesai says:

    If you are doing NJ for Brooklyn then add Kyrie who played in the state since moving back with his dad at age 4 and Al Harrington can be on that bench too. If we really get technical hten you can add Lance Thomas on the bench, and also Tristan Thompson and Michael Kidd Gilghrist. Jersey love kids

  51. T. Smith says:

    Deron Williians left off for Phil Pressy? My, how the mighty have fallen. RIP DWill…

  52. bigdaddy says:

    Deron williams is from Dallas

  53. Alex says:

    Channing Frye could be considered for the Suns since he went to high school here

  54. rapierman says:

    San Antonio could have borrowed T.J. Ford for a while (Houston)

  55. Nick says:

    Nerlens Noel is from boston

  56. squala96 says:

    Not a fan of Westbrook, Leonard and Chandler, but if they play with Harden and Love, man what a mega Lakers starting lineup that would have been! I can’t see any better combination of O and D than that.

  57. Greg Monroe says:

    Noel, Vonleh and Napier should be on the Celtics.

    If we’re counting coaches too, Jason Kidd should be coaching the Warriors.

    Reggie Jackson and Louis Amundson are both from Colorado, I think.

  58. Watson guillaume says:

    Nerlens Noel- Boston

  59. Mike says:

    What about an Aussie Team

    G – Kyrie Irving
    G – Patty Mills
    F – Dante Exum (lets run a three guard rotation here with Exum on the wing)
    F – Aron Baynes
    C – Andrew Bogart

  60. Miguel Santana says:

    You left off 3 big names for Boston. 1) Nerlens Noel who is from Everett, MA. 2) Noah Vonleh who is from Haverhill, MA. And 3) Shabbazz Napier who was born and raised in Boston

  61. marc greene says:

    Miami. Vince carter Florida but we dis it for Steve nash

  62. Emurph413 says:

    Chicago wins

  63. Leo says:

    Antawn Jamison, PJ Hairtson, Kent Bazemore, Josh Howard, Anthony Morrow, Ish Smith are also from North Carolina.

    Kevin Garnett, Ray Felton are from South Carolina.

  64. philner says:

    cody zeller and tyller seller are not siblings?

  65. Jim B says:

    Umm….no. Steph Curry = Charlotte. He was a ballboy for the Hornets while his dad played for the Hornets. Went to grade, middle and high school here and attended the local college here at Davidson. He is a Panthers and Hornets fan homer still also as he himself admitted on the Dan Patrick Show.

    • Dimitri says:

      Saying Steph Curry is from Ohio is like saying Jordan is from NY. I don’t understand their logic in this one.

  66. Nick says:

    Team Toronto selections make no sense. Steve Nash and Kelly Olynyk are both from BC which is about 2500 miles from Toronto…….Replace Nash with Joseph and Olynyck with Nicholson.

  67. Brandon shelvin says:

    Who tf wants Shawn Marion Chicago has jabari parker and Kevin garrnet

  68. johcoh says:

    Doug McDermott should be part of the Minnesota team. He was born in North Dakota and played H.S. ball in Iowa (with Harrison Barnes).

  69. RJ says:

    Terrence Williams and Peyton Siva to Portland (Washington). Seattle area is where it’s at for basketball, as far as I’m concerned.

  70. RJ says:

    For Golden State – Jeremy Lin grew up in the bay area. Aaron Gordon is from San Jose.

  71. Mike Jones says:

    Man everybody knows Love b from Miami, so is Curry, LeBron, Durant and M.Gasol. Dat lineup mad real:
    PG:S.Curry
    SG:K.Durant
    SF:L.James
    PF:K.Love
    C:M.Gasol

    Plus C.Paul, B.Beal, P.George, B.Griffin and J.Noah off the bench!!?!?

    Man. HEAT ALLLLL DAY

    • jc says:

      You really need to look it up cause lebron is not from miami or any part of florida.

      • Mike Jones says:

        He Got baptized in Miami’s crystal clear waters, therefore he b from Miami, if they would’ve baptized him in Cleveland waters he would’ve have cancer by now….
        Didn’t one of your rivers catch on fire n s***? I mean how do you set WATER on FIRE???

  72. Stanley Ashiegbu says:

    Steph Curry grew upon Charlotte. He identifies himself as from Charlotte. He went through most of his life in Charlotte. And why isn’t Aaron Gordon on the list but other picks like Wiggins are. Gordon is from San Jose so he should be on the Golden State team. I’m not sure if he is signed yet maybe that’s why.

  73. Jay says:

    Awesome how people on the internet don’t bother to read articles:

    “Here’s a glimpse at the starting lineups of a thoroughly “hometown” NBA (based on birth cities & states, via basketball-reference.com)”

    They’re simply going by birth places, not where a player grew up. At least they’re keeping it consistent. Not that hard to understand.

  74. shawn says:

    paul george from cali

  75. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    Isn’t the Toronto team basically the Cavs team now?

  76. aces says:

    Noel, Vonleh, and Napier should be on the Boston roster

  77. James Hart says:

    Wtf, Paul George is from Palmdale, Ca in Los Angeles County. Why isnt Paul George on the Lakers or Clippers instead of the Kings. .

    • James Hart says:

      He went to Pete Knight High School in Palmdale also and even has the area code tattoo’d on his wrist (661).

  78. jomo says:

    like some have said noel and vonleh plus lebron’s favorite shabazz for the Celts in 20014.

  79. Eric says:

    Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Napier, and Noah Vonleh are from Boston

  80. Eric says:

    Boston has Nerlens Noel

  81. Shake says:

    I would have added Steph Curry to Charlotte. That is where he grew up, has the accent.
    International players should go to San Antonio

  82. JayMillz says:

    You should post an all-time list for each team. So I’m from NYC, so I’m looking at guys like Lew Alcindor, Julius Erving, Gus Williams, Nate Archibald, etc. If we are talking about where players were born, Michael Jordan also.

  83. JPM says:

    Jeremy Lin was born in Los Angeles, CA, so I he could add to the benches of either the Lakers or the Clippers.

  84. Clarksville says:

    Shawn Marion is from Clarksville, Tennessee…he is not from Chicago…smh…he’s been noted as going on record to say Illinois, but we remember “Puff” playing for Clarksville High School

  85. Slash says:

    Shabazz Napier is from Boston.

  86. archeonix says:

    Steve Novak, Milwuakee

  87. dd def says:

    and how about wes mathews for milwaukie while we’re at it. i’m really baffled by love being on an LA team rather than portland.

  88. dd def says:

    i thought melo was from brooklyn… isn’t that why he went to NYK when the nets were still NJ?

  89. Hey says:

    Nerlens Noel = Boston

  90. RT says:

    The California section is pretty messed up. Paul Pierce is from Inglewood, where the Lakers played for years. He grew up with the Lakers, hating the Celtics. In this hypothetical, he’s a Laker. Period. As for the rest, the CA breakdown, IMHO, ought to go like this:
    Golden State gets territories within 100 miles of the Bay.
    LAL gets Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
    LAC gets OC and San Diego County with the Inland Empire/Riverside/San Bernardino being a bit of a toss up with LAL.
    And then Sacramento cleans up the rest, being the capital and all.

  91. romeo says:

    Why dont you play an imaginary tournament between these teams? Not that there’s anything better to do until November…

  92. Malik George says:

    The nba should extend allstar weekend and put a game like that into it. The best players from each city go head to head in a tournament

    • Kenneth Williams says:

      I would watch that bet it would be better than the all-star game in its self

  93. David Rodriguez says:

    Nerlens Noel Everett MA (Boston)

  94. Lui says:

    If this where true Brooklyn would need an anger management coach! Go Brooklyn Brawlers! lol

  95. SMH!! says:

    Nerlens Noel is not on celtics lineup!

  96. mholdzkom says:

    Now…what to do with all the Euros…..

  97. spaz says:

    I thought kevin love was from lake oswego :/

  98. Jhavon Phillips says:

    Nerlens Noel for Boston squad

  99. joel mead says:

    Kevin Love should be on Portland. He’s from Lake Oswego, Oregon. Not sure if you’re doing college or hometown saying he’s on the clippers since he went ucla.

    • JPM says:

      According to Wikipedia, Kevin Love was born in Santa Monica, CA. He went to Oswego High School. The lists are going off of their hometowns or birth towns (for the most part; see note on Steve Nash, LOL).

  100. A.J. says:

    All these media people fanning the inane flames of “home” being James’ motivation as opposed to what it really is, a PR decision. I wouldn’t even be all surprised if James’ wife, mother and kids didn’t even want to leave Miami, and they had to be sold on it as opposed to them selling James on it. With the worst owner in the NBA, bar none (including Sterling), being the biggest benefactor. It’s obscene.

  101. Ruben says:

    i’m pretty sure i saw this on other website, too bad NBA is stealing articles with little to less changes.

    • Ruben says:

      by the way, just Terry Porter debuted in the 80′s, Spree and Van Exel debuted in the mid 90′s

    • TTKIN says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I saw this exact posting on facebook like 3 days after James decided to go to CLE.