In this installment, we’ll look at which schools do the best job of getting the best players. We're on a nationwide campus tour with the 404 current NBA players that actually went to college in the U.S. and the 126 colleges they went to.
You may not have noticed -- as you are likely not 80 years old -- but basketball, like the rest of the country, has slowly moved west over the past 50 years. And it's not just the West that's producing more players, as the football producing states of the South now seem to be exporting more cagers than ever before. What does this all mean and where does it all end? We're sure we'll figure it out.
In January of 1955, a then-fledgling Sports Illustrated sent William Faulkner to a Rangers/Canadiens game at the old Madison Square Garden. The resulting essay is brief, great, and exactly as Faulkner At A Hockey Game as you'd expect.
Like college football players and cowboys, basketball players have a tendency to come from very specific places at very high rates for reasons that go beyond demographics. In this installment of Maps on Maps on Maps, we'll look at most of the wheres and some of the whys of player development in the United States.
It may be uncomfortable to think about, but professional basketball players -- like any entertainers -- are essentially commodities; shipped from here to there like very tall stalks of televised corn for us to watch. But comparative advantage has taught us that sometimes, some places are just better than others at making certain products and basketball is no different. Over the few days, we'll look at where basketball players come from and where they go from there.