How do Atlanta’s NBA players stack up? MaxPreps rates ATL at No. 8

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.

Let’s compare:


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

10 comments Add your comment


April 25th, 2013
9:35 am

prep hater

April 25th, 2013
9:47 am

This guys rankings are worthless. If you’re going by the last high school attended, then where is Mouth of Wilson, VA, home of Oak Hill, the orginal prep bball factory? Do a little research Askeland. Just b/c a player attended a hs for one year doesn’t mean that city “produced” him. It’s like this guy thinks all the bball ability a guy has was developed in that last year of hs and not the 16-17 years prior. Kevin Garrnett is from SC. Josh Smith is from ATL. Get it right. Sloppy journalism.

Todd Holcomb

April 25th, 2013
10:22 am

Good points, Hater. In MaxPreps’ defense, it’s a high school website, so tying things to the players’ high schools made sense to them. But you are correct, that any assessment of how cities stack up against one another needs a closer inspection of those players’ roots.

Also, I guess I should’ve noted that Lou Williams played at South Gwinnett, in case anyone was wondering.

So what guards are we missing? Jodie Meeks?

Max Sizemore

April 25th, 2013
12:41 pm

In a related note, awhile back I saw a ranking of which states produced the most NFL players per capita (as a percentage of population). I believe Georgia was third, behind Alabama and Louisiana. Texas and California were something like 12th and 17th.

Da Coach

April 25th, 2013
3:43 pm

Marshon Brooks, Drew Gouldelock, Howard Thompkins (may not be in league any more), Kevin Murphy, Travis Leslie, Dequan Jones. The list goes on and on…


April 26th, 2013
9:04 am

what about Tony Douglas, and jodi Meeks, ?

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April 26th, 2013
10:42 am

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April 26th, 2013
12:12 pm

This fact makes it even more perplexing that UGA has a consistently mediocre hoops program.


April 26th, 2013
12:47 pm



April 28th, 2013
6:39 pm

Atlanta, Georgia is a great basketball town that produces some of the best players in the country !!!

Good luck Atlanta Hawks.

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