California’s got the most players in the NBA right now at right around 60. And the epicenter of that undoubtedly sits in Los Angeles. Related side note, we could use a hookup on some Will and Carlton Bel Air Academy jerseys.
Homegrown Talent Rating: A-
The quantity’s overwhelming, and it’s hard to understand who’s from Los Angeles and who’s from 80 miles south and just claims it. Surprisingly only two Hall of Famers born in the city of Los Angeles, and you’ve never heard of either of them. But there’s some on their way. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love were born and raised in Los Angeles, and played at UCLA. James Harden, Baron Davis, Brook and Robin Lopez, Tayshaun Prince, Andre Miller, Swaggy P, Brandon Jennings, Demar Derozan, and Paul Pierce are just a few of the notable people from Los Angeles. Very high marks.
Pro Talent Rating: A+
Our first A+ rating of the top cities. Kareem, Magic, Shaq, Kobe, and Wilt Chamberlain are all top 12 all-time. Shouldn’t that be enough? Throw in Elgin Baylor, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich, and the logo himself Jerry West! Phil Jackson helped put together some of the best rosters all the way through in history, with role players like Lamar Odom, Derek Fischer, and possible Hall of Famer Pau Gasol. The Lakers best 5 would beat any other team’s 5.
Fan Base Rating: B+
It’s easy to get people in when you’re good. But they’re not very good now. And things seem to be trending down for them. For yet another article, I question the commitment of any fans in warm weather, and even more of fans who live on the beach. ON THE BEACH.
*The Clippers play in Los Angeles too, but they lack a certain…ability to win a playoff series*