Welcome to Naismith International Park. Created by Kirk Goldsberry this topographic map features statistical insight, basketball legends, and decades of hoops history.
Now in new large format, no title bar, framed map of Naismith International. Gaze out upon the ranges, peaks and valleys of Naismith International Park during halftime and commercial breaks.
From Kirk: "This map blends two of my passions: cartography and hoops. The elevation surface on the map is derived from the most common scoring areas in the NBA during the 2019-20 season. Higher places indicate the areas where NBA scorers scored the most from. Naturally this includes the areas near the rim and the areas just outside the 3-point line.
The original plan was to make a fun map poster emphasizing the best scorers from the 2019-20 season, but the project quickly spiraled out of control as I started to label more and more historic places.
The inspiration for the cartographic style here comes from the beautiful map series designed and distributed by the US National Park Service, which is also why I named this project the Naismith International Park map.
My goal was to honor as many of the legends of the game as possible in appropriate ways. It was an impossible goal, and I know I missed some huge names - for that I’m sorry. Still, I’m really happy with how the project turned out and hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it!"