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Can you imagine a list of professional basketball’s greatest scorers and the list does not include Michael Jordan? Well, here’s that list. Jordan was born in New York state, but he is not the player born in the state of New York who scored the most points in their professional career. Jordan ranks second behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most points scored by players born in the state of New York.
Following are the 50 states and the player born in that state who scored the most points in their professional basketball career.
ALABAMA: Charles Barkley… ALASKA: Mario Chalmers… ARIZONA: Paul Silas… ARKANSAS: Scottie Pippen… CALIFORNIA: Reggie Miller
GEORGIA: Dale Ellis… HAWAII: Cedric Ceballos… IDAHO: Luke Ridnour… ILLINOIS: Dan Issel… INDIANA: Larry Bird
IOWA: Kirk Hinrich… KANSAS: Alvan Adams… KENTUCKY: Cliff Hagen… LOUISIANA: Karl Malone… MAINE: Jeff Turner
MARYLAND: Sam Cassell… MASSACHUSETTS: Bill Laimbeer… MICHIGAN: George Gervin… MINNESOTA: Kevin McHale… MISSISSIPPI: Spencer Haywood
MISSOURI: Jo Jo White… MONTANA: Phil Jackson… NEBRASKA: Bob Boozer… NEVADA: Ricky Davis…. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Matt Bonner
OHIO: John Havlicek… OKLAHOMA: Ron Boone… OREGON: Mike Newlin… PENNSYLVANIA: Wilt Chamberlain… RHODE ISLAND: Marvin Barnes
SOUTH CAROLINA: Alex English… SOUTH DAKOTA: Mike Miller… TENNESSEE: Oscar Robertson…. TEXAS: Grant Hill… UTAH: Tom Chambers
VIRGINIA: Moses Malone… WASHINGTON: John Stockton… WEST VIRGINIA: Jerry West… WISCONSIN: Latrell Sprewell… WYOMING: Kenny Sailors
Of the players on the above list, six were active during the 2010-2011 season: Joey Graham, Luke Ridnour, Kirk Hinrich, Shaquille O’Neal (although he has since officially announced his retirement), Mike Miller and Grant Hill.
A pair of current Celtic players are within 3,000 career points of overtaking players from their birth state: Ray Allen is 2,993 behind Reggie Miller for players born in California; Kevin Garnett is 2,290 career points behind Alex English for most points by a player born in South Carolina.