Atlanta is the eighth-best city for producing current NBA talent, according to MaxPreps writer Kevin Askeland.
Lakers center Dwight Howard, a graduate of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, is the marquee Atlanta-produced player.
The No. 1 ranking went to Los Angeles, which Russell Westbrook of the Thunder and Paul Pierce of the Celtics.
Atlanta’s ranking would be higher if Josh Smith and Lou Williams, both of the Hawks, were included.
Smith played at McEachern as a sophomore and junior but spent his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Askeland used the players’ last high school.
Williams was not counted because of a season-ending injury. The players were rated based on their NBA Total Player Rating for this season.
Which brings me to this –
With Smith and Williams added, would Atlanta beat L.A.? Atlanta needs more guards, but L.A. doesn’t have the size to match up with Howard, Smith and J.J. Hickson.
C Dwight Howard (17.1 ppg, 12.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks) – 6-11
F Josh Smith (17.5 ppg, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks) – 6-9
G Lou Williams (14.1 ppg, 3.6 assists) – 6-2
F J.J. Hickson (12.7 ppg, 10.4 rebounds) – 6-9
F Al-Farouq Aminu (7.3 ppg, 7.7 rebounds) – 6-9
F Derrick Favors (9.4 points, 7.1 rebounds) – 6-10
Here is a list of Georgia players in the NBA if you’re looking for more guards.
G Russell Westbrook (23.2 ppg, 7.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds) – 6-3
F Paul Pierce (18.6 ppg, 6.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists) – 6-6
G Jrue Holiday (17.0 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists) – 6-3
G Brandon Jennings (17.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds) – 6-1
G DeMar DeRozan (18.1 ppg, 3.9 rebounds. 2.5 assists) – 6-7