Who are the top NBA players in the states each presidential candidate won?

Today we continue our examination of the 2020 United States presidential election through the lens of the current NBA landscape. In this article, let’s compare the states each candidate won, and choose the top 10 players from the available player pool.

First we’ll have to divy up the states based off the official electoral map. For states that haven’t officially been called, we’ll give those to the candidate that is currently in the lead as of November 11th.

Once that is determined, we seek out which NBA teams reside within the states each candidate won. Doing so will give us the following distribution of franchises:

Boston CelticsCleveland Cavaliers
Brooklyn NetsIndiana Pacers
New York KnicksCharlotte Hornets
Philadelphia 76ersMiami Heat
Chicago BullsOrlando Magic
Detroit PistonsDallas Mavericks
Milwaukee BucksHouston Rockets
Atlanta HawksMemphis Grizzlies
Washington WizardsNew Orleans Pelicans
Denver NuggetsSan Antonio Spurs
Minnesota TimberwolvesOklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail BlazersUtah Jazz
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings

With the conferences decided, it’s time to find the best of the best from each side. I used mostly end-of-season awards (both full-season and for seeding games) and playoff performance to determine which players made the cut. Here is my top 10 for the Blue State and Red State All-Star Teams:

Damian Lillard, Trail BlazersChris Paul, Thunder
Devin Booker, SunsDonovan Mitchell, Jazz
Khris Middleton, BucksRussell Westbrook, Rockets
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers James Harden, Rockets
Jayson Tatum, CelticsLuka Doncic, Mavericks
LeBron James, LakersJimmy Butler, Heat
Anthony Davis, LakersT.J. Warren, Pacers
Giannis Antetokounmpo, BucksBam Adebayo, Heat
Joel Embiid, 76ersRudy Gobert, Jazz
Nikola Jokic, NuggetsKristaps Porzingis, Mavericks

Which squad do you think is better? Let me know in the comments!

But of course, you know I’m going to take these teams out for a spin in NBA 2K! Check out the Crucial Baskets YouTube Channel on Friday to see the Blue State and Red State All-Star Teams really go at it! Will it be as hotly contested as the real election, or will one team dominate over the other? Stay tuned to find out!