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Texas Named the Second-Best State for Basketball, New Study Finds 

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A new study has named Texas as the second-best state for basketball in the US, with the second-highest index score in a new ultimate ranking. Image for illustration purposes
A new study has named Texas as the second-best state for basketball in the US, with the second-highest index score in a new ultimate ranking. Image for illustration purposes
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A new study has named Texas as the second-best state for basketball in the US, with the second-highest index score in a new ultimate ranking. 

NBA experts at Fadeaway World analyzed multiple factors to create the ultimate basketball ranking todetermine the ‘best’ states for basketball. They looked at the birth places of NBA and WNBA players and Hall of Fame inductees, the number of NBA, WNBA, G League and NCAA Division 1 teams, and the number of NBA, WNBA, NCAA champions in each state. 

California has been named the best state for basketball in the US, scoring the highest in a new ultimate basketball ranking. 
Texas is second, while New York is third. 
The ranking analyzed several factors, such as the birth places of NBA and WNBAplayers and Hall of Fame inductees, the number of G League teams, and NBA and WNBA Champions. 

The 10 best states for basketball 

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California is revealed to be the best state for basketball, with the top score for the analyzed factors. A staggering 443 NBA players and 95 WNBA players were born in the state, which is the highest on the list. California is home to the most NBA and WNBA teams in the US, such as the Golden State Warriors and the new Golden State Valkyries, which are responsible for winning 25 NBA Championships and 4 WNBA Championships – also the highest numbers in the ranking.  

In second place is Texas, which has produced 211 NBA players and 66 WNBA players, of which sixare Hall of Fame inductees. The state is home to three NBA teams, including the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, as well as three G League teams and 25 NCAA Division 1 teams. 

Next is New York, which has produced the second highest number of male and female NBA players, as well as the most Hall of Fame inductees in the list, at 22 players. The state is home to the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, as well as the WNBA team, the New York Liberty. 

Fourth on the list is Illinois, with a total of 302 male NBA players and 31 female NBA players coming from the state, of which nine have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Illinois’ home NBA teams are the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Sky. 

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Indiana is in fifth place, producing 199 NBA and WNBA players, with three inducted into the Hall of Fame. The WNBA team, the Indiana Fever, won the championship in 2012, as well as a total of sixNCAA men’s and women’s championships.  

The sixth best state for basketball is Michigan, with 170 male NBA players and 31 female NBA players being born in the state, of which five are in the Hall of Fame. Michigan is home to the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Shock, with the latter winning three WNBA championships. 

North Carolina is in seventh position, with the state producing 180 NBA and WNBA players, where 4 have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The state is home to the NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets,as well as 19 NCAA Division 1 teams that have led to 14 championship wins – the second highest in the list. 

Following in eighth place is Pennsylvania, with 250 male NBA players and 33 WNBA players born in the state, of which 12 Hall of Fame inductees. The state is home to the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as14 NCAA Division 1 teams, including Bucknell University and Drexel University. 

Louisiana is ninth on the list, which has produced 152 NBA and WNBA players in total, with seveninducted into the Hall of Fame. Louisiana’s home NBA team are the New Orleans Pelicans, and the state is also home to 12 NCAA Division 1 teams, such as the men’s McNeese State University and Nicholls State University. 

Completing the list is Ohio, with 206 male and 38 female NBA players born in the state, of which fiveare Hall of Fame inductees. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the state’s NBA team, and the Cleveland Charge are the G League team, with the former winning the NBA championship in 2016. 

Nemanja Vukasinovic, CEO of Fadeaway World, commented on the findings:  

“Comparing each state’s contribution to American basketball is fascinating, with each state’s NBA, WNBA and collegiate teams demonstrating the successful and rich history of the sport. 

“It is unsurprising that the top three are comprised of California, Texas and New York, since these aresome of the most populated states in the US, so have contributed immensely to basketball throughtheir high numbers of teams and players.  

“However, all the states in the list illustrate the importance of all levels of professional basketball, from NBA and WNBA teams to G League and NCAA Division 1 teams, as they ultimately produce some of the most influential players in the world.” 

Information Source: : https://fadeawayworld.net  

Sources: Basketball ReferenceBasketball RealGMNCAA 

Methodology: Data from Basketball Reference, Basketball RealGM, and NCAA was used to create an ultimate basketball ranking of all 50 US states. The factors were weighted evenly for each state’s index score, apart from the birthplaces of Hall of Fame inductees, which held a higher weight. 

The best states for basketball 

Image courtesy of Fadeaway World 

  

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