When all-things-basketball guru Alan Stein (@AlanStein) tweeted last week, "Rank, in order, the Top 10 cities that currently produce the best youth and high school basketball talent," it generated a lot of interest.
It also provided an opportunity for some in-depth, scientific analysis regarding which metropolitan areas have created the greatest basketball talent in this country over the past 10 years.
We all know about New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. But Boston? Raleigh-Durham? San Diego? Las Vegas? How legitimate are these claims to hoops prominence?
In creating lists such as this, it's sometimes difficult to separate the quality from the quantity. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scored the most points in NBA history, but very few would consider him the greatest basketball player of all time.
The same goes with this list. Sure, the cities of Miami and Milwaukee have created many excellent NCAA basketball players, but you won't find those metro areas on this list. This is for the elite—those cities that can be relied upon every year to find an All-American at the high school level, have produced an NCAA All-American or a lottery pick in the NBA draft.
To be considered for this list, the player had to have spent most of his high school years in his hometown. This is why the metropolitan area of Baltimore-Washington D.C. can lay claim to Carmelo Anthony—not Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, which is where you will find Oak Hill Academy.
The key ingredients for consideration as an elite player include: USA Today All-USA team, McDonald's All-American, AP NCAA first and second teams and where the player landed in the NBA draft—if at all.
Oh, and the player had to have been in high school for the 2000-01 season.
Many of the cities will not surprise you. The order in which they rank, however, may raise some eyebrows.
*Note: There are hundreds of players not mentioned in this article who were used for statistical purposes. Only the higher-profile names are mentioned.