An agricultural breakdown of the NBA Finals

Jun 02, 2016

Series features a rematch of last year’s participants

By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content

The NBA takes center stage Thursday night as the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors who represent the Western Conference in game one of the NBA Finals.

The two teams battled for the Larry O’Brien trophy last year, with Golden State emerging victorious. did an agricultural comparison of Ohio and California last year and the data showed Golden State winning the championship.

Basketball insiders have spent time dissecting whether LeBron James can bring a championship to Cleveland or if Steph Curry can help the Warriors cement their legacy after they won 73 games during the regular season and repeat as champions.

Once again will use data from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service to determine the winner of the NBA championship.

? signals advantage for each team

NBA TeamCleveland CavaliersGolden State Warriors
Number of farm operations74,40077,500 ?
Average acres per operation188329 ?
Total acres operated14,000,00025,500,000 ?
Milk production (lbs)5,493,000,00040,898,000,000 ?
Top commodity value ($)Soybeans - $2,097,450,000 ?Strawberries - $1,855,326,000
Total value of ag products sold ($)$10,064,085,000$42,627,472,000 ?
Aquaculture ($)$3,875,000$103,016,000 ?
Average farmer age56.1 ?60.1

Judging by the data, the Golden State Warriors will repeat as NBA champions. 

Be sure to visit the breakdown of the Stanley Cup Final.

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