NBA Players by Country 2022

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National Basketball Association (NBA) players are classified as those born in the U.S. and players born outside of the United States, also known as international players. Players from overseas territories are as well classed international.

What Is National Basketball Association (NBA)?

The NBA is a premier men’s professional basketball league in North America. The league comprises 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is one of the top professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

The NBA is a diverse league featuring players from many backgrounds and nationalities. Most players are from the U.S., and within the U.S., there are 50 states or more if you include territories. NBA players come from all over the country: some are born in cities and others in small towns.

US-Born NBA Players

California produces 52 NBA players, which is more than any other state. Furthermore, 18 Californians are active on WNBA rosters, more than any other state. But when population size is taken into consideration, California ranks 20th.

Columbia has more NBA players per capita than any state in the U.S. Though it's not yet officially considered a state, debates are ongoing, and it seems inevitable. Other states that produce the most NBA players per capita include: DC, Delaware, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Arkansas.

In the NBA rankings below, tie-breakers go to the state with the least overall population.

NBA Players by State

  1. California — 52
  2. Texas — 30
  3. New York — 26
  4. North Carolina — 30
  5. Illinois — 25
  6. Florida — 20
  7. Georgia — 21
  8. Pennsylvania — 16
  9. Indiana — 16
  10. Louisiana — 14
  11. Washington — 14
  12. Maryland — 10
  13. Missouri — 13
  14. New Jersey — 9
  15. Michigan — 11
  16. Ohio — 11
  17. Minnesota — 10
  18. South Carolina — 8
  19. Virginia — 7
  20. Arkansas — 8
  21. Oregon — 7
  22. Tennessee — 6
  23. Massachusetts — 8
  24. Oklahoma — 5
  25. Alabama — 6
  26. Wisconsin — 6
  27. Mississippi — 6
  28. Kentucky — 7
  29. District of Columbia — 4
  30. Delaware — 2
  31. Arizona — 3
  32. Nebraska — 2
  33. Kansas — 3
  34. Nevada — 3
  35. Connecticut — 2
  36. Colorado — 1
  37. North Dakota — 2
  38. Iowa — 2
  39. Utah — 2
  40. Wyoming — 1
  41. Maine — 1
  42. New Hampshire — 1

NBA Players Born Outside the United States

NBA players born outside of the U.S. are often known as international players. Players born in U.S. overseas territories, like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are considered international players even though they are U.S. citizens.

In some borderline scenarios, the NBA considers whether a player wants to be identified as international or not.

As of the 2021–22 season, Canada produced 57 NBA players—the most foreign NBA players. The list below shows how other foreign countries fared in NBA players by country.

Countries that Have Produced the Most International NBA Players:

From North America: Canada — 57 players

From European countries: France — 40 players, Serbia — 30 players.

From Oceania: Australia — 30 players, New Zealand — 3 players.

From African countries: Nigeria- — 29 players, Senegal — 12 players

From Latin American countries: Brazil — 18 players, Argentina — 15 players, Puerto Rico — 15 players.

From Asian countries: China — 6 players, Japan — 5 players, Lebanon — 4 players

From transcontinental countries: Turkey — 14 players, Russia — 13 players, Georgia — 11 players in total, 83 players have come

From the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia): 83 players in total

From the former Soviet Union (Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine): 54 players in total

NBA Players by Country 2022

NBA Players by Country 2022