10 Most Popular NBA Teams in 2023
Who loves the NBA??? I do! What are the most popular NBA teams and who is your team?
The NBA is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world, and its teams have millions of fans across the globe. Here are the ten most popular NBA teams, ranked by their current popularity:
10. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most popular NBA teams for several reasons. The Nets ownership hasn't been afraid to bring in superstars on their payroll and players like Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving has attracted many fans.
Since relocating in 2012 from New Jersey to Brooklyn, the team has created a strong identity with ongoing commitments to social justice and community outreach. It's helped to attract fans well beyond Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
"Coming out and warmups, everybody had goosebumps. Just the energy in this building, we've got some of the best fans in the NBA and this is what it's all about." pic.twitter.com/rJBsmaanmg— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 26, 2021
9. New York Knicks
It certainly helps to be in the biggest city in America with a massive fan base and huge media market. It means the Knicks are one of the most recognisable teams in the world. Past superstars like Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Charles Oakley helped to build a generation of fans for a team that was already popular.
The Knicks are known for emphasizing commitment, hard work, and a physical style of play. Playing at one of the most iconic arenas in the world, Madison Square Gardens, in front of some of the most vocal fans only adds to the aura around the team.
Knicks fans SCREAMING 'F*ck Trae Young!'*Trae Young looks on and smiles* What a scene... 😲pic.twitter.com/GqIFeI1y4a — ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 27, 2021
8. Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks have a charismatic owner in Mark Cuban who is known for his passionate approach to team management and his willingness to invest in the team. It has helped to elevate the profile of the Dallas Mavericks into one of the most popular NBA teams.
Dallas already has a strong basketball culture with passionate and engaged fans. Having a superstar like Luka Doncic on the payroll has been a major factor in boosting the Mavericks popularity worldwide and they'll be hoping for a second NBA title.
Tony Romo of the Dallas Mavericks makes his first pre-game layup and the crowd goes wild. Lots of laughs happening right now. @NBCDFWSports pic.twitter.com/9avyOAUaep— Mercedes Owens (@MercedesMOwens) April 12, 2017
7. San Antonio Spurs
From 1999 to 2014 the San Antonio Spurs created a dynasty by winning five NBA championships in 15 years led by the best power forward of all time Tim Duncan, and legendary supercoach Gregg Popovich. A supporting cast including Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili spurred on a legion of new fans.
The team has done well to build strong connections with the San Antonio community. A culture of teamwork and selflessness was what created a legacy of success over a sustained period of time, which has led to the Spurs being one of the most popular NBA teams to this day.
ON THIS DAY: June 15, 2014The San Antonio Spurs won their 5th NBA championship with a a104-87 win over the Miami Heat. pic.twitter.com/NKkzvLPUId — Spurs Nation (@SpursNationCP) June 15, 2022
6. Cleveland Cavaliers
In 2006 the Cavaliers won Cleveland's first major sports championship in 52 years. Led by one of the greatest players of all time LeBron James, their championship captured the hearts of fans in the city and boosted their status worldwide.
Cavaliers fans have remained one of the most dedicated and passionate fan bases in the league through decades of ups and downs. Owner Dan Gilbert has also been heavily involved in the community including helping the redevelopment of downtown Cleveland.
23) Greatest Accomplishment🐐(2016)Game 7 in Golden State vs the 73 win Warriors. Lebron dominates Game 7, including 11 4th Qt points. He also had the greatest block in NBA history & completed the first ever 3-1 comeback in the finals to win the🏆 27PTS/11RBS/11AST/3BLKS/2STLS pic.twitter.com/x35nKuM8X1 — Coach James 🇭🇹 (@JamesEdrick3) July 30, 2022
5. Miami Heat
Overall, the Miami Heat's recent championship success, iconic players, and strong fan base have helped make them one of the most popular NBA teams. The Heat have won three NBA championships, with two of those involving the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.
Their back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 gained the Heat worldwide attention and many new fans. Their domination during this period and the "Heat Culture" that developed from the days of Tim Hardaway
The Heat is the second-most popular team in the world behind only the Golden State Warriors, according to a study released on Monday by https://t.co/nBNbI3FATwVia The Miami Herald pic.twitter.com/E6ZqPX6mAn — Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) December 21, 2021
4. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls became one of the most popular NBA teams on the back of their success in the 1990s led by the best player of all time Michael Jordan. Jordan's dominance on the court, combined with his larger-than-life personality and marketing appeal, turned the Bulls into a global phenomenon.
Six NBA championships for Michael Jordan and the Bulls built a culture of winning, and the iconic bull logo and team colors of red and black have built one of the strongest brands in sport worldwide. The Bulls continue to be a source of pride for the city and represents the city's resilience and determination.
Chicago Bulls Introduction 🎙Chicago Bulls vs Seattle SuperSonics 1996 NBA Finals Game 6 📍 United Center, Chicago Illinois #NBA #BullsNation pic.twitter.com/0B0pqpn8UJ — The Jordan Rules (@Rules23Jordan) February 26, 2023
3. Boston Celtics
Boston is one of the greatest sports cities in America and the Celtics are a major reason why. The team's toughness and resilience has become a symbol of Boston itself. Success on the backs of legends like Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Paul Pierce, have all contributed to the Celtics' winning tradition and fans have got behind them and the record 17 championships.
TD Garden is always packed with a lively and exciting atmosphere, and the Celtics brand, featuring a leprechaun, is one of the most recognizable and iconic sports brands worldwide. Their rivalry with the Lakers is the biggest in the NBA making them an exciting team to watch.
15x All-Star 2008 NBA ChampionKevin Garnett: Immortalized forever in the Hall of Fame ☘️ pic.twitter.com/WKhqmWnhCr — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 15, 2021
2. Golden State Warriors
In recent years the star power, on-court success, and electrifying style of play of the Golden State Warriors has seen them skyrocket into one of the most popular NBA teams. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have led their dynasty which also featured Kevin Durant once upon a time.
They've been able to draw in fans from across the globe with their entertaining style of play. Curry and Klay have led the Warriors on-court success and they've earned four titles in eight years. Their 73-win season in 2016 has also won over an army of fans.
No Parade like The Golden State Warriors Parades 🟡🔵🌉🏆 pic.twitter.com/RNsuc3ZGFi— 𝕮𝕵 😈🇲🇽 (32-30) 🌁🔥 GSW (@CJ2SC) June 20, 2022
1. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are the most popular team in the NBA and even have a large and dedicated fan base across the world that are known as "Laker Nation". Players like Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have captured imaginations and they've created fans for life.
Lakers games are almost always sold out and fans are attracted to their winning culture, having won a record 17 NBA championships along with the Celtics. Many Hollywood celebrities also appear courtside at Lakers games adding to the fame and international recognition of the Lakers.
The NBA and NBPA today jointly announced that the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists, respectively.More ➡️ https://t.co/8IfWKoZ2jS pic.twitter.com/EZFuJxdmbH — NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 20, 2023
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Very interesting, good to have watch few of these NBA players PLAY
It's the Memphis Grizzlies for me all day long. I've watched every single one of their games this season. I hope they get their franchise's first championship this year.
I absolutely have loved Ja Morant from the day he got drafted. Always rated him over Zion. What about the strip club and gat dramas though ... damnnnnn!
I'm sure the Pels have had thoughts about whether Ja would have been a better first pick. Too bad both players are currently sidelined. I honestly just can't believe Ja is that stupid to be doing what he's been doing here lately. I wish they'd just drop it all and let him play.
I thought the MAvericks would be higher since Dallas is such a metropole. But its just interesting to see what teams are actually very popular :D
I think it shows how much people love a winner. Everyone gets on board and it builds a bigger fan base.