Basketball truly has transformed into a worldwide sport. Once thought to be reserved for American’s only, the game has rapidly expanded to each and every corner of the globe, and even if the US still dominate every Olympic and World Cup tournament, it’s no secret that nations such as Serbia, Australia and Canada are slowly but surely catching up the Americans.

If this is coming as a shock to you, you better sit down for this next part, because it’s only going to confirm that basketball is becoming a world game. A Reddit user going by the screen name of LukeMellow has listed every city in the world with at least three players playing in the NBA, either past or present, and the results may surprise you, with not one single US city on the list. His findings are as follows:

  • TORONTO, Canada (10) … 2,731,571 (population)
  • Anthony Bennett
  • Sim Bhullar
  • Rick Fox
  • Cory Joseph
  • Jamaal Magloire
  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Dwight Powell
  • Leo Rautins
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Andrew Wiggins

 

  • MELBOURNE, Australia (9) … 4,725,316
  • David Andersen
  • Chris Anstey
  • Andrew Bogut
  • Dante Exum
  • Andrew Gaze
  • Shane Heal
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Luc Longley
  • Ben Simmons

 

  • SPLIT, Croatia (7) … 178,102
  • Duje Dukan
  • Toni Kukoč
  • Dino Radja
  • Bruno Šundov
  • Žan Tabak
  • Roko Ukić
  • Ante Žižić

 

  • KAUNAS, Lithuania (7) … 290,068
  • Martynas Andriuškevičius
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas
  • Šarunas Jasikevičius
  • Linas Kleiza
  • Šarunas Marčiulionis
  • Donatas Motiejunas
  • Arvydas Sabonis

 

  • MONTREAL, Canada (7) … 1,704,694
  • Joel Anthony
  • Khem Birch
  • Ron Crevier
  • Stewart Granger
  • Kris Joseph
  • Ernie Vandeweghe
  • Bill Wennington

 

  • BELGRADE, Serbia (6) … 1,166,763
  • Nemanja Bjelica
  • Bogdan Bogdanović
  • Rastko Cvetković
  • Sasha Djordjević
  • Marko Jarić
  • Igor Rakočević

 

  • LONDON, Great Britain (6) … 8,787,892
  • OG Anunoby
  • Kelenna Azubuike
  • Steve Bucknall
  • Ndudi Ebi
  • Ben Gordon
  • Pops Mensah-Bonsu

 

  • DAKAR, Senegal (5) … 1,146,053
  • DeSagana Diop
  • Hamady N’Diaye
  • Mamadou N’Diaye
  • Cheikh Samb
  • Pape Sow

 

  • PARIS, France (5) … 2,229,621
  • Yakhouba Diawara
  • Cozell McQueen
  • Jérôme Moiso
  • Johan Petro
  • Dominique Wilkins

 

  • MOSTAR, Bosnia-Herzegovina (4) … 113,169
  • Bojan Bogdanović
  • Zoran Planinić
  • Mirza Teletović
  • Ivica Zubac

 

  • LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (4) … 279,756
  • Goran Dragić
  • Zoran Dragić
  • Rasho Nesterović
  • Uroš Slokar

 

  • TBILISI, Georgia (4) … 1,118,035
  • Zaza Pachulia
  • Tornike Shengelia
  • Vladimir Stepania
  • Nikoloz Tskitishvili

 

  • MADRID, Spain (4) … 3,141,991
  • Juancho Hernangómez
  • Willy Hernangómez
  • Fernando Martín
  • Wally Szczerbiak

 

  • WüRZBURG, Germany (3) … 124,873
  • Maxi Kleber
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Anthony Randolph

 

  • WAU, South Sudan (3) … 232,910
  • Luol Deng
  • Deng Gai
  • Thon Maker

 

  • KINGSTON, Jamaica (3) … 662,426
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Jerome Jordan
  • Wayne Sappleton

 

  • MISSISSAUGA, Canada (3) … 721,599
  • Dillon Brooks
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Nik Stauskas

 

  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (3) … 987,310
  • Samuel Dalembert
  • Skal Labissiere
  • Olden Polynice

 

  • LAGOS, Nigeria (3) … 8,048,430
  • Peter Aluma
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Michael Olowokandi

 

  • KINSHASA, DR Congo (3) … 11,855,000
  • Christian Eyenga
  • DJ Mbenga
  • Emmanuel Mudiay

 

  • ISTANBUL, Turkey (3) … 14,100,000
  • Semih Erden
  • Furkan Korkmaz
  • Hedo Türkoğlu

As you can see, North America still leads the way with Toronto, Canada being the top city to produce NBA talent, with names such as Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson and Kelly Olynyk, and that number is set to increase as the years go on.

Following Toronto is Melbourne, Australia, who actually lay claim to three number one overall picks in the NBA draft, including Andrew Bogut in 2005, Kyrie Irving in 2011, and Ben Simmons in 2016. Australia’s basketball future is extremely bright, and it’s set to only get brighter as the game grows in popularity down under.

After the top 2, a lot of European cities make the list, including Belgrade, London, Split and Paris, as well as a few African countries like Wau, Dakar and Lagos.

Whether your home city or even country made the list or not, it’s very promising to see the sheer amount of talent coming into the NBA from overseas lately.

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