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# What percent of Americans watch or play basketball?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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15y ago

0.0015% (of the men in the 20 - 35 age group) U.S. Population -- 300,000,000 (about) Men in U.S. population aged 20 - 35 -- 10% or 30,000,000 Number of players with NBA contracts now -- 450 (30 teams, 15 per team) 30,000,000 / 450 = 0.000015 = 0.0015 % (1 man in 66,667 men aged 20 - 35) If you want the percent of all Americans who make it, divide that percentage by 20 to account for the women and for the rest of the age groups that were left out of the first calculation. 0.0015 % divided by 20 = 0.00075 %, or 1 man in 1,333,333 Americans. All we can do is make estimates. That is all that have been supplied here, and they are rough ones. There are a good handful NBA players under 20, and only a few in the 30 to 35 age group. If your desire is for more accuracy, please consult the NBA and the U.S. Census Bureau's web sites where you can get all the statistics you can do. It's a small percentage, is it not? And if anyone is going to even have a shot at going to the NBA, that person is identified in high school - if not sooner. There are few slots and many, many, many desiring and talented players who want them. Additionally, the NBA has a habit of importing players from abroad if they have the skill and ability necessary to make the cut. (Basketball isn't confined to the U.S. any more.) If you have plans to go to the NBA, be sure to complete course work (doing a good job) in a field you like and obtain a degree. With that and a modestly developed back up plan you will find success if you cannot get an NBA contract. Good luck.

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only 0.111115 percent

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37%

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