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PostPosted: 01/19/20 5:30 am    ::: Closest Active Franchise to Active US Players’ Hometowns Reply Reply with quote

CONNECTICUT – Uncasville, CT:
Blake Dietrick (Wellesley, MA)
Bria Holmes (Hamden, CT)
Carolyn Swords (Sudbury, MA)

CONNECTICUT and NEW YORK:
Stefanie Dolson (Port Jervis, NY)
Shenise Johnson (Henrietta, NY)
Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse, NY)

NEW YORK – Brooklyn, NY:
Sue Bird (Syosset, NY)
Essence Carson (Paterson, NJ)
Tina Charles (Jamaica, NY)
Bria Hartley (North Babylon, NY)
Myisha Hines-Allen (Montclair, NJ)
Crystal Langhorne (Willingboro, NJ)
Marina Mabrey (Belmar, NJ)
Cheyenne Parker (Queens, NY)
Epiphanny Prince (Brooklyn, NY)
Brittney Sykes (Newark, NJ)

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON:
Natasha Cloud (Broomall, PA)
Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, PA)
Elena Delle Donne (Wilmington, DE)
Alyssa Thomas (Harrisburg, PA)
Betnijah Laney (Clayton, DE)

WASHINGTON – Washington, DC:
Tianna Hawkins (Clinton, MD)
Brionna Jones (Havre De Grace, MD)
Jonquel Jones (Ellicott City, MD | BAH)
Kiara Leslie (Holly Springs, NC)
Angel McCoughtry (Baltimore, MD)
Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, VA)
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt (Alexandria, VA)
Azurá Stevens (Raleigh, NC)
Jasmine Thomas (Fairfax, VA)
Kristi Toliver (Harrisonburg, VA)
Elizabeth Williams (Virginia Beach, VA)

ATLANTA and WASHINGTON:
Paris Kea (Greensboro, NC)
LaToya Sanders (Fayetteville, NC)
Tamera Young (Wilmington, NC)

ATLANTA – College Park, GA:
DeWanna Bonner (Fairfield, AL)
Jessica Breland (Kelford, NC)
Kalani Brown (Slidell, LA)
Lexie Brown (Suwanee, GA)
Alaina Coates (Irmo, SC)
Kaela Davis (Suwanee, GA)
Diamond DeShields (Norcross, GA)
Candice Dupree (Tampa, FL)
Asia Durr (Douglasville, GA)
Sylvia Fowles (Miami, FL)
Allisha Gray (Sandersville, GA)
Dearica Hamby (Marietta, GA)
Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, FL)
Glory Johnson (Knoxville, TN)
Tiffany Mitchell (Charlotte, NC)
Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, GA)
Victoria Vivians (Carthage, MS)
Erica Wheeler (Miramar, FL)
Courtney Williams (Folkston, GA)
Riquna Williams (Pahokee, FL)
A’ja Wilson (Hopkins, SC)
Shavonte Zellous (Orlando, FL)

ATLANTA and DALLAS:
Seimone Augustus (Baton Rouge, LA)
Theresa Plaisance (Houma, LA)

DALLAS – Arlington, TX:
Ariel Atkins (Duncanville, TX)
Karima Christmas-Kelly (Houston, TX)
Sydney Colson (Houston, TX)
Brittney Griner (Houston, TX)
Moriah Jefferson (Glenn Heights, TX)
Alexis Jones (Irving, TX)
Brooke McCarty-Williams (League City, TX)
Teaira McCowan (Brenham, TX)
Chiney Ogwumike (Cypress, TX)
Nneka Ogwumike (Cypress, TX)
Odyssey Sims (Irving, TX)
Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, AR)
Brianna Turner (Pearland, TX)

ATLANTA and INDIANA:
Alysha Clark (Mt. Juliet, TN)
Isabelle Harrison (Nashville, TN)

INDIANA and WASHINGTON:
Kayla McBride (Erie, PA)
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Aliquippa, PA)

INDIANA – Indianapolis, IN:
Alex Bentley (Indianapolis, IN)
Kelsey Mitchell (Cincinnati, OH)
Renee Montgomery (St. Albans, WV)
Stephanie Mavunga (Brownsburg, IN)
Jackie Young (Princeton, IN)

CHICAGO and INDIANA:
Napheesa Collier (O’Fallon, MO)
Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, MO)
Skylar Diggins-Smith (South Bend, IN)
Natasha Howard (Toledo, OH)
Jantel Lavender (Cleveland, OH)
Aerial Powers (Detroit, MI)

CHICAGO – Chicago, IL:
Jewell Loyd (Lincolnwood, IL)
Arike Ogunbowale (Milwaukee, WI)
Candace Parker (Naperville, IL)
Allie Quigley (Joliet, IL)
Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook, IL)

CHICAGO and MINNESOTA:
Natisha Hiedeman (Green Bay, WI)
Kiah Stokes (Marion, IA)

MINNESOTA – Minneapolis, MN:
Rachel Banham (Lakeville, MN)
Nia Coffey (Minneapolis, MN)
Megan Gustafson (Port Wing, WI)
Tayler Hill (Minneapolis, MN)
Jessica Shepard (Fremont, NE)
Yvonne Turner (Omaha, NE)

PHOENIX – Phoenix, AZ:
Kristine Anigwe (Phoenix, AZ)
Sydney Wiese (Phoenix, AZ)
Kayla Thornton (El Paso, TX)

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas, NV:
Gabby Williams (Sparks, NV)

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles, CA:
Monique Billings (Corona, CA)
Brittany Boyd (Berkeley, CA)
Kennedy Burke (Northridge, CA)
Jordin Canada (Los Angeles, CA)
Layshia Clarendon (San Bernardino, CA)
Chelsea Gray (Manteca, CA)
Reshanda Gray (Los Angeles, CA)
Erica McCall (Bakersfield, CA)
Imani McGee-Stafford (Los Angeles, CA)
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim Hills, CA)
Kelsey Plum (Poway, CA)
Danielle Robinson (San Jose, CA)
Karlie Samuelson (Huntington Beach, CA)
Katie Lou Samuelson (Huntington Beach, CA)
Diana Taurasi (Chino, CA)
Sami Whitcomb (Ventura, CA)

SEATTLE – Seattle, WA:
Briann January (Spokane, WA)
Leilani Mitchell (Kennewick, WA)
Mercedes Russell (Springfield, OR)
Courtney Vandersloot (Kent, WA)

Non-USA Players:
Natalie Achonwa (CAN)
Kayla Alexander (CAN)
Rebecca Allen (AUS)
Liz Cambage (AUS)
Bridget Carleton (CAN)
Maite Cazorla (ESP)
Damiris Dantas (BRA)
Temi Fagbenle (GBR/NGR)
Marie Gülich (GER)
Marine Johannès (FRA)
Emma Meesseman (BEL)
Kim Mestdagh (BEL)
Astou Ndour (SEN/ESP)
Kia Nurse (CAN)
Ji-Su Park (KOR)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (CAN)
Alanna Smith (AUS)
Stephanie Talbot (AUS)
Ramu Tokashiki (JPN)
Maria Vadeeva (RUS)
Han Xu (CHN)
Amanda Zahui B. (SWE)

Notable college players due to be in the next draft:
Bella Alarie (Bethesda, MD) – Washington
Kaila Charles (Glenn Dale, MD) – Washington
Lauren Cox (Flower Mound, TX) – Dallas
Crystal Dangerfield (Murfreesboro, TN) – Atlanta
Ruthy Hebard (Fairbanks, AK) – Seattle
Joyner Holmes (Cedar Hill, TX) – Dallas
Sabrina Ionescu (Walnut Creek, CA) – Los Angeles
Beatrice Mompremier (Miami, FL) – Atlanta
Mikayla Pivec (Lynnwood, WA) – Seattle




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PostPosted: 01/19/20 5:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

This list aims to be as functional as it is interesting – interesting in that players’ hometowns are more tidbits for us fans to pride ourselves on knowing; but functional in that if we wanted to speculate trades and signings for players that might want to play for a franchise “closer to home”, this is where we could look up where their “home” might be. Here, “hometown” is generally defined as what is listed on their college/WNBA profile, and/or the town where the player’s final high school was.

Everything is relative to driving distance; if a list is of two franchises, that means the franchises are of approximately equal driving distance from the player’s hometown. I used this parameter since generally when a player plays for or in the closest franchise to their hometown, any friends & family in attendance are able to be there via ground vehicle and not necessarily by airplane.

To find said driving distances, I utilized map apps (Google Maps, etc.), which are typically updated to reflect current traffic, so the quickest possible driving time from one location to another isn’t always the same given real-time traffic estimates. But of course, actual distance from one location to another can’t to my knowledge be utilized, given that driving path is typically not a straight line. It’s a very imperfect method, but it’s the best I could think of. Better ideas to better capture driving time accuracy are welcome.

A couple examples: Theresa Plaisance’s hometown is nearly 8 hours away from Arlington, TX (where Dallas’ arena is), as well as nearly 8 hours away from College Park, GA (where Atlanta’s arena is); thus, she is listed under the "Dallas and Atlanta" list. And obviously neither Dallas nor Atlanta is close to her Louisiana hometown and therefore particularly drive-able, but they’re the closest. Some players don't really have a "hometown team" in that sense, but I still chose to classify everyone instead of just those that appeared to have one in order to retain objectivity (versus going through whose hometowns have a franchise "close" to them, under some sort of definition of "close", and whose don't).
Stefanie Dolson’s hometown of Port Jervis, NY is geographically much closer to Brooklyn, NY than it is to Uncasville, CT, but there’s only about an hour difference between driving to either location at any given time (~2 hours to get to Brooklyn, ~3 hours to get to Uncasville). So, I chose to put her on the list with both those franchises, even though one could reasonably argue she should be on the New York list instead. Full disclosure, when I was in doubt, I erred on the side of putting a player in a two-franchise list rather than a one-franchise list. Players listed in bold currently play for the hometown franchise they are listed under. When a player was close/the closest to more than two franchises, then the player was simply listed on the list with their two closest franchises – by my count, no one was equally close to three or more franchise locations.

For players that have never had any sort of documented hometown in the US, such as having played high school basketball at a school in the US, they are listed under “Non-USA Players”. Possibly amongst others listed inaccurately, Bahamian Jonquel Jones was not on that list simply because she had a documented US “hometown” (she played high school basketball in Maryland), thus she is listed accordingly.

I realize some of this info is purely trivial as it pertains to where players’ families are now. For example, I believe Crystal Langhorne’s family is largely based in the DC area and she might still own a house there, so her "home" franchise would really be Washington and not New York. But I knew it would be too difficult, unrealistic, and maybe even a little weird to keep track of every player’s current city (if some of them even have one). If anyone wants to make that list, good luck. The cities we live in can always change; the cities we're from in a general sense don't.

If one of the mods is ever able to open up access to this to everyone so that anyone can take it upon themself to make corrections or updates whenever they see fit, I hereby grant it. Otherwise, if this list has any glaring omissions or mistakes, in which either someone’s hometown is simply incorrect or my judgment was completely off in which list I put someone, let me know and it’ll get corrected.

If a franchise relocates, an expansion franchise is born, or (god forbid) a franchise folds, the lists will be reconfigured accordingly.

At the very least, I will try to keep this updated after rosters are first finalized at the start of the season and then after the season ends.




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PostPosted: 01/19/20 7:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Stormeo wrote:
If one of the mods can open up access to this to everyone so that anyone can take it upon themself to make corrections or updates whenever they see fit, I hereby grant it.

Nice idea, but not possible unfortunately (at least not while we're stuck with this 15 year old version of the message board software)



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Nice list there Stormeo - looks like a lot of work. Thanks for doing it.



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I'm not sure playing close to "home" matters that much, as parents move, people change, etc. (And for those who came out as lesbians after leaving home, even in these semi-woke times, that might be an issue as well.)

What I find interesting about the list -- and thanks much for doing it -- is where the talent has come from. Texas, Georgia and SoCal lead the list, which echoes the high school rankings of the past. Right now, the scene has shifted a bit, and the DMV has had most of the talent while Georgia has faded. Texas and SoCal are down a bit, and NYC has really fallen off the charts.

Great stuff ...



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PostPosted: 01/19/20 12:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Stormeo wrote:
If one of the mods can open up access to this to everyone so that anyone can take it upon themself to make corrections or updates whenever they see fit, I hereby grant it.

Nice idea, but not possible unfortunately (at least not while we're stuck with this 15 year old version of the message board software)


Nooooo Crying or Very sad Then I'll just have to be on top of it for the time being!

Randy wrote:
Nice list there Stormeo - looks like a lot of work. Thanks for doing it.


ClayK wrote:
Great stuff ...


Thank you/You're welcome!! Very Happy Most of the research was done throughout last fall, but I didn't want to post it until the time felt right - and also until I had time to check and re-check everyone's towns as well as internally debate where I felt some of them should be haha.


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PostPosted: 01/21/20 8:04 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
I'm not sure playing close to "home" matters that much, as parents move, people change, etc. (And for those who came out as lesbians after leaving home, even in these semi-woke times, that might be an issue as well.)

What I find interesting about the list -- and thanks much for doing it -- is where the talent has come from. Texas, Georgia and SoCal lead the list, which echoes the high school rankings of the past. Right now, the scene has shifted a bit, and the DMV has had most of the talent while Georgia has faded. Texas and SoCal are down a bit, and NYC has really fallen off the charts.

Great stuff ...


Great stuff, Stormeo!

Clay, I was surprised by the lack of players (in terms of raw numbers) on the list from the Oregon/Washington areas. The Pacific Northwest has produced a large number of Division I players in recent years and the college teams there have all had moments of tremendous success in the past few years.


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CamrnCrz1974 wrote:
ClayK wrote:
I'm not sure playing close to "home" matters that much, as parents move, people change, etc. (And for those who came out as lesbians after leaving home, even in these semi-woke times, that might be an issue as well.)

What I find interesting about the list -- and thanks much for doing it -- is where the talent has come from. Texas, Georgia and SoCal lead the list, which echoes the high school rankings of the past. Right now, the scene has shifted a bit, and the DMV has had most of the talent while Georgia has faded. Texas and SoCal are down a bit, and NYC has really fallen off the charts.

Great stuff ...


Great stuff, Stormeo!

Clay, I was surprised by the lack of players (in terms of raw numbers) on the list from the Oregon/Washington areas. The Pacific Northwest has produced a large number of Division I players in recent years and the college teams there have all had moments of tremendous success in the past few years.


It goes in cycles, especially in the smaller states. There was a time Oregon especially was a girls' basketball power but this year, for example, not a single team is a candidate for the MacPreps top 25. Washington is also down, and even its best recent grads (the Hull twins) don't appear to be WNBA stars.

Bigger populations cushion some of the natural cycles, but even so, there are obvious shifts over time.



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So few professional athletes in any sport get to play for their "hometown team" that I have to wonder how big a factor that motivation is.

We've been lucky here in Seattle that Sue Bird adopted this as her home and didn't bolt back to New York at the first opportunity.

Many of our other sports stars have kept a home here even after they move to other teams or retire.


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It is interesting that the supply of local talent in an area seems to have nothing to do with how successful the WNBA franchises are. Atlanta and Dallas produce the most local talent but both WNBA teams struggle with attendance.



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Randy wrote:
It is interesting that the supply of local talent in an area seems to have nothing to do with how successful the WNBA franchises are. Atlanta and Dallas produce the most local talent but both WNBA teams struggle with attendance.


Atlanta looks good on the list by having all of Florida. I would guess very few Floridians actually travel to Atlanta to see the Dream.



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Randy wrote:
It is interesting that the supply of local talent in an area seems to have nothing to do with how successful the WNBA franchises are. Atlanta and Dallas produce the most local talent but both WNBA teams struggle with attendance.


Sadly, girls aren't sports fan in the same way boys are. And many male girls' coaches (club and high school) pay minimal attention to the WNBA.



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Just for fun, mostly as a way to get a perspective on geography, I tried to figure out the closest team for the international players. I wasn't always able to find their hometown, so in those cases I defaulted to their place of birth. Also, measured by distance, all the European players were closest to Uncasville. There are two international airports listed in Connecticut (New Haven and Windsor Locks), but I don't know how practical it is in terms of available flights. I suspect most people would fly into New York first, which makes it the functional closest city. I hedged by listing both NY and CT.

Non-USA Players:
Natalie Achonwa (Guelph, CAN) NYL (483 mi) IND (528) CT (536)
Kayla Alexander (Milton, CAN) NYL (472 mi) IND (498) CT (518)
Rebecca Allen (Melbourne, AUS) LA (12,766 km)
Liz Cambage (Melbourne, AUS) LA (12,766 km)
Bridget Carleton (Chatham, CAN) CHI (334 mi) IND (338)
Maite Cazorla (Las Palmas, ESP) CT (5,282 km) NYL (5,445)
Damiris Dantas (São Paulo, BRA) ATL (7,515 km) DC (7,627) NYL (7,681) CT (7,683)
Temi Fagbenle (London, GBR) CT (3,351 km) NYL (3,459)
Marie Gülich (Leverkusen, GER) CT (5,876 km) NYL (6,049)
Marine Johannès (Lisieux, FRA) CT (5,502 km) NYL (5,678)
Emma Meesseman (Ypres, BEL) CT (5,614 km) NYL (5,789)
Kim Mestdagh (Ypres, BEL) CT (5,614 km) NYL (5,789)
Astou Ndour (Las Palmas, ESP) CT (5,282 km) NYL (5,445)
Kia Nurse (Hamilton, CAN) NYL (466 mi) IND (488) CT (512)
Ji-Su Park (Seongnam, KOR) SEA (8,318 km)
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (Toronto, CAN) NYL (491 mi) IND (528) CT (537)
Alanna Smith (Hobart, AUS) LA (12,817 km)
Stephanie Talbot (Katherine, AUS) SEA (12,330 km)
Ramu Tokashiki (Kashiwa, JPN) SEA (7,659 km)
Maria Vadeeva (Moscow, RUS) CT (7,349 km) NYL (7,506)
Han Xu (Shijiazhuang, CHN) SEA (8,948 km)
Amanda Zahui B. (Stockholm, SWE) CT (6,155 km) NYL (6,316)



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pilight wrote:
Randy wrote:
It is interesting that the supply of local talent in an area seems to have nothing to do with how successful the WNBA franchises are. Atlanta and Dallas produce the most local talent but both WNBA teams struggle with attendance.


Atlanta looks good on the list by having all of Florida. I would guess very few Floridians actually travel to Atlanta to see the Dream.


Apparently, very few Floridians went to WNBA games in Miami and Orlando when they had teams either.



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Randy wrote:
pilight wrote:
Randy wrote:
It is interesting that the supply of local talent in an area seems to have nothing to do with how successful the WNBA franchises are. Atlanta and Dallas produce the most local talent but both WNBA teams struggle with attendance.


Atlanta looks good on the list by having all of Florida. I would guess very few Floridians actually travel to Atlanta to see the Dream.


Apparently, very few Floridians went to WNBA games in Miami and Orlando when they had teams either.


They did OK. Orlando even did well enough to bid on an All Star Game.



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In the hierarchy of a professional athlete's needs and wants I would put:

1. Money
2. Winning
3. Work environment/culture/organization
4. Relationships with coaches and teammates
5. Geography/hometown


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root_thing wrote:
. . There are two international airports listed in Connecticut (New Haven and Windsor Locks), but I don't know how practical it is in terms of available flights. I suspect most people would fly into New York first, which makes it the functional closest city. I hedged by listing both NY and CT. . .


Tweed (New Haven) is a commuter airport with flights to Charlotte, DC, etc. I don't think there's any direct international flights. Bradley (Windsor Locks) does have direct flights, but I think the main route is Aer Lingus to Dublin.

I know a lot of CT people fly international out of Boston, but I think in general, the Liberty have the edge over the Sun in ease of travel for overseas players.

And thanks for doing all this work!


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craigmont wrote:
In the hierarchy of a professional athlete's needs and wants I would put:

1. Money
2. Winning
3. Work environment/culture/organization
4. Relationships with coaches and teammates
5. Geography/hometown


I think geography is much more important than home town -- and by that I mean adults choose where to live based on a variety of factors, and since most WNBA players lived away from home during their college years, and have done so as pros, their connection to their home town may be very fragile, especially if their parents have moved.

I'm sure some players would like to be near where they went to high school, but how many people on this board choose where to live based on where they grew up? Now I still live close to my high school, but it's because my career is here, and because I've lived here pretty much all my life. But if I had lived somewhere else during college and in my 20s, I don't know that I would have been inspired to come back.



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