Young NBA Stars Too Big for Their Markets

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Young NBA Stars Too Big for Their Markets
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Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook would shine bright in New York City. Is OKC too small a stage?

There's nothing wrong with getting paid big bucks to play NBA basketball.

It's basically the dream of every kid that picks up the orange ball as a youth and swishes it through a hoop. Ask anyone if they would take a job as a player in the NBA and the answer will be "yes" 99 percent of the time. 

The biggest stars are in a position to possibly be a little more choosy. It's not necessarily about the money the team is paying the individual players. In this day and age of self-promotion, players are thinking about their images and marketability off the court as well as on it.

LeBron left Cleveland for "South Beach," not Miami, if you remember correctly. That's because South Beach is the hot spot; Miami is just the name of the city. 

Carmelo Anthony was in Denver; now he's in New York City. Same player, putting up the same—actually, worse—numbers on a team no better than the ones he played on in Denver, but now with more visibility. 

The following list is one comprised of players who are unquestionably among the league's best players and playing in small markets. 

That's good for the league and for those teams, but not always good for those individual players. 

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