Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Is Seattle A Basketball Hotbed?

At some point when I'm watching an NBA game on TNT this season analyst Kenny Smith will make a comment about how many hoopers come out of New York.  Inevitably someone will chime in talking about how Chicago has more talent then someone from Detroit, DC, and LA.  I definitely have respect for those cities and the players they've sent to the league, but as I check the current NBA rosters the 206 is well represented.

At present 14 players hail from South Alaska.  Avery Bradley, Jason Terry (Boston), Spencer Hawes (Philadelphia), Nate Robinson (Chicago), Rodney Stuckey (Detroit), Martell Webster (Washington), Jamal Crawford (Los Angeles Clippers), Isaiah Thomas, Aaron Brooks (Sacramento), Tony Wroten Jr (Memphis), Will Conroy, Luke Ridnour, Brandon Roy (Minnesota), and Marvin Williams (Utah).  Given the size of the area and the geographic distance from other big cities that's pretty impressive.

The list doesn't have a lot of superstars however.  Only Brandon Roy has been a perennial all star (before his injury) and only Jason Terry has won a championship.  The list is also surprisingly guard oriented with ten players that can run the point.  Perhaps Isaiah Thomas can turn the corner and it's still too early to tell about Tony Wroten Jr., but for the most part 206 hoopers are journeyman guys that can come off the bench and add a spark when needed.

As a native of South Alaska I can't put my finger on why the area turns out so many NBA caliber players.  Is it because it rains all the time so guys stay indoors and work on their game?  Is it because crime is relatively low and young men aren't lost to the streets as often?  Is it because 206 natives eat more seafood and drink water from the tap?  Whatever the case may be those players have definitely made an impact on the league.


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