Surely the NBA league is the biggest basketball championship out there with thousands of fans all over the globe.
But with the great level of competency that comes with playing in such a big league, have you ever wondered which NBA team has the most loyal fans?
Mirror mirror, on the wall, who is the most loyal of them all?
There is a famous saying that “No one is more loyal than a true sports fan”. Most NBA team fans have proven this saying to be a true one by showing their love, passion, and support for their teams.
All the NBA teams have a legion of fans where the number is larger for some teams whereas smaller for others. They say that NBA fans come in all shapes and sizes. Some are low-lying ones whereas others may be very loud, lively, and reckless. For the Americans, having the title of the best team and the best fans is a matter of pride.
The real question is that which team fans win the title of being called the loyal ones? In this article, we’ll get to know the answer to that.
First of all, let’s get to know a bit about the teams in the league.
What are the different teams of the league and how are they categorized?
The National basketball association NBA has a total of 30 teams in which 29 are from the United States of America while one is from Canada. The teams are then sub divided into east and west conferences.
Most of the teams are from the eastern half of the country which is divided by means of time zones with 13 teams in the Eastern Time zone, 9 in the Central, 3 in the Mountain and 5 in the Pacific Time Zone.
The names of the teams are:
- Atlanta Hawks
- Boston Celtics
- Charlotte Hornets
- Brooklyn Nets
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Dallas Mavericks
- Denver Nuggets
- Detroit Pistons
- Golden State Warriors
- Houston Rockets
- Indiana Pacers
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- New Orleans Pelicans
- New York Nicks
- Oklahoma City thunder
- Orlando Magic
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Phoenix suns
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Sacramento kings
- San Antonio Spurs
- Utah Jazz
- Washington Wizards
- Toronto Raptors
- Miami Heat
The Toronto Raptors team represents Canada. There are also multiple teams representing the states of California, Florida, New York and Texas.
Now with such a big number of teams, there is also a very tough competition among the fans. Each team’s fans want to support their teams by shouting out slogans, wearing jerseys of their respective teams, putting up banners and also fighting with anti fans (which sometimes is fun to watch) to show their loyalty.
Many times, different celebrities such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, the Kardashians, and Rihanna have also been spotted in the arenas showing their love for the game and for their team.
NBA fans standings and stats:
The loyalty of fans is determined according to different factors by experts including:
- How much they know about the team that they support
- The number of people that attend a tournament representing certain teams
- How quickly the tickets get sold out
- The number of followers on social media
Looking up these few factors, the top 10 teams with the best fans are:
1- San Antonio Spurs:
The San Antonio Spurs were one of the first teams from the state of Texas. They are members of the Western conference’s Southwest division. Their official mascot is the Coyote since the ’80s. One of the interesting things is that the team has two uniforms. They wear white ones at home and black ones on the road.
The Spurs have earned their name in the top NBA teams owing to their dedication and hard work in the past years, they have a record of winning at least 50 matches each season and have also been the oldest team selected for the playoffs (i.e. for the 22nd time)
At the beginning, the team didn’t have many fans but in the past couple of years, due to the hard work of the players, they’ve finally got honest and loyal fans. The fans have recently increased in the market and they show their loyalty by filling up the arena wearing black or white jerseys and cheering for the players. Selena Gomez has also been quite a die-hard fan and has shown her loyalty by turning up in the team’s jersey at multiple games.
The team has about more than 10 million followers on social media as well.
2- Utah Jazz:
The team representing South Lake City is not the best team in the NBA and it has had a few wins in the past couple of years however their fans have still shown their loyalty by always cheering them on and by filling up the stadium in tournaments at home.
The Utah Jazz fans in their loyalty sometimes even cross lines like when they burned Derek Fischer’s Jerseys when he left the team due to his personal reasons and shouted rude comments at him too.
Other than that, they are pretty fun too. Many times it has been noticed that the fans try to distract the opponent team by putting up performances in the middle of the game so that their team might win.
3- Los Angeles Lakers:
Even if you are not a basketball fanatic, you must have heard about the Lakers. Los Angeles Lakers is one of the best teams in the NBA games and also has a huge number of earnest and loyal fans.
What makes the fans stand out is that they not only support the team by attending games at home but they also turn up at games on the road and also outnumber the opponent team’s fans. In recent years, the number has increased tremendously and the performance of players like James LeBron and Davis is also a reason for that. The team pleases its people through their wins and the people show up for them. Now that’s what we call real team and fan support.
Lakers also happen to have an amazing record of social media fans with a total of about 39.7 million followers and their jerseys are also on record for being sold out in the shortest time.
4- Toronto Raptors:
The Raptors are also quite ahead in terms of popularity since they were included and that is the main reason for it having such a big number of fans.
Well, obviously that was expected since there is only one team representing Canada and every basketball fan from the country is there to support them and to cheer them on.
The team has been gaining much popularity among the Canadians and its live broadcast has earned the record of the most-watched NBA game and also the most-watched broadcast in all of Canada. In the recent records, the raptor’s popularity in 2018 increased by 82 % as compared to 2015-16.
In most of their games, the arena is seen to be filled with Raptor supporters and celebrity fans that enjoy the game and cheer hard for their team.
5- Chicago Bulls:
Now let’s talk about one of the most famous and not to mention the most patient ones of all fan bases, the Bulls.
As everyone expected from them, the team has not been performing well and is ranked in the bottom for a couple of years, but still their people show up and shout for them and never fail to fill up the arena in no time. Some people even say that the Bulls supporters are crazy to support the team even after such horrible performances but hey that’s what loyalty is all about right?
The team has such a huge number of fans since Michael Jordan played for it but the number keeps increasing by the time. On its social media account, it has a total of 17.5 million which also includes international fans.
6- Oklahoma City Thunders:
The OKC started playing the game in 2008 and at that time, the fans were so happy to have a team of their own. They didn’t care if they won in the first few years or not as the team was a fresh start for them but their fans still sat down in the arena to cheer them on. In the first 30 minutes of the announcement of the tournament at home all the tickets were sold.
The huge support of the Oklahomans encouraged the team to work hard and in their second season, the team was selected for the playoffs and won the hearts of many people, increasing the number of their fans.
The OKC fans are known as the loudest, proud, and rowdy fans of all times as most of them are Cowboy fans too. It was also recorded that just after playing 55 matches, the team got its 1 million followers on social media.
7- Boston Celtics:
The Celtics team has had a few ups and downs in term of rankings since the beginning but what remains the same is the energy, support and enthusiasm of their fans.
Even in their hard times, the team continued to have brilliant fans who stuck with the team through thick and thin. In 2012 when the team had a home game with Miami’s team, the defeat was quite embarrassing, but still the crowd kept on with the chants of “Let’s go Celtics, Let’s go Celtics” till the very last second proving that they are proud of their team no matter what.
8- New York Knicks:
The Knicks supporters have been through many tough times because the team manages to do something wrong one way or another and have never had many successes in the games. Nevertheless, the fans keep their cool and are always there to shout for their team and encourage them to try better the next time.
Some people claim that the Knicks have their fame mostly because it represents “New York”, I mean how can they not have a place in the market with the fact that they are from the famous rich city. However, the team has improved a lot in the recent years and is not disappointing its fans, making them come for more.
9- Golden State warriors:
In the past decades, the warriors were never that good at the game and would hardly manage to get into the playoffs but their fans continued to support them by staying in touch with their social platforms, sitting down for them in home based as well as on tour games. From a few years, the number of fans has also increased in huge numbers due to the improved performance and hard work of the players especially Steph Curry and Kevin Durrant.
The team jerseys are in the top 5 to be sold out in the shortest time and the team has a total of 11. 59 million followers.
10- Miami Heat:
The Miami team used to be dynamic a few years ago but not as much in the recent years however their fans keep up with their teachings of “supporting each other back to back” and keep on cheering for the team.
The team’s at home games have been recorded to have an attendance of more than 99% even though the tickets were in the list of being the most expensive ones. The fans haven’t lost hope of their players and will continue to support them as a part of their culture.
Even though all the above teams have such brilliant fans who respect their teams immensely however for me the team which comes to the top definitely has to be the Lakers.
The Lakers being one of the top NBA teams also have a great fan base and by measuring all records including fan equity, social media followers, and on tour attendance it was seen that the fans have been with the team through thick and thin and will be continuing their great sportsmanship and high spirit for many years.