Where Guys Are From, Part One - Heat Maps

Where Guys Are From, Part One - Heat Maps

I’ve at some point described every place I’ve ever lived as “a good town/city/region/state for basketball”. As clearly as this judgment is tainted by a sort of home-spun narcissism rootless tribalism goodhearted loyalty, it’s also clear that some places are better than others. Which are those places? To begin answering this question, I pick from Basketball Reference’s extraordinary stock of information, scraping their Birth Places page to get the country/state and city of birth for every player in NBA history.