Ranking the NBA's 10 Most Spoiled Fanbases
Some NBA fans have it too good.
While many fans have to hope that their team has what it takes to make the playoffs, others expect a title run. There are teams in this league that have a second round exit as the worst case scenario.
I'm here to break down some of those lucky fans, whether they are lifelong supporters or just picked up a hat last week.
10. Phoenix Suns
As a fan, even I have to admit I have been a little spoiled over the past few years. The Suns hold the NBA's fourth highest winning percentage, but have only made the Finals twice.
Steve Nash won consecutive MVP awards in front of us, and Charles Barkley won his sole MVP while in Phoenix.
Fans rarely had nothing to watch come the postseason and had very few abysmal seasons to live through. Overall, the Suns are always a team that will compete for a playoff spot, and that goes right in line with their history.
9. Portland Trailblazers
Talk about success: Between 1977 and 2003, the Trailblazers only missed the playoffs one time. That includes three Finals appearances and one championship.
The team has seen some bad luck recently, but fans of all ages still remember how good the Blazers used to be.
Brandon Roy (pictured) was a fan favorite and one of the most exciting players in the league when healthy.
There is a reason Portland is known for loyal fans, and that is because of the history of this team.
8. Detroit Pistons
The current slump of the Detroit Pistons is not indicative of their history.
Fans in their 30s and above will remember the back-to-back titles won by Detroit in the late '80s, and the younger generation has their 2004 title.
In 2009, Detroit ended their streak of six consecutive trips to the Conference Finals and their slump began. The franchise has three titles to their name and five finals appearances.
There have also been some great players the fans have had the honor of watching, including Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace.
Overall, while the Pistons don't look like a great franchise now, their fans remember their success, which only makes the current stretch feel worse.
7. Utah Jazz
The two men depicted as statues in the picture are a big reason Utah fans are the way they are. Both men set multiple records playing in that building and took the Jazz to the Finals twice.
Another interesting fact is that the Jazz made the playoffs every single year from 1984 to 2003. While they didn't make the playoffs for another three years, they only had one season below .500 during that span.
The Utah fans have only seen a handful of bad seasons, and while they never won a title, they always managed to put themselves in position to compete.
Much like the Pistons, they are not currently in an enviable position, and in the same way, that does not in any way reflect their history.
The fans have a reputation for being extremely loud and not holding anything back from the opposing team. That is very likely a reflection from all the years of success without a title.
Title or not, the Jazz have been one of the top teams in the league for most of their history.
6. Miami Heat
Some will want the Heat to be higher, but success has not been a common theme for the franchise. Currently, the Heat have a huge fan base, in large part made up of bandwagon fans, but a huge fan base nonetheless.
This is not to say that the Heat were boring to watch before. Alonzo Mourning won back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year trophies with the team, and the team has a regular season record above .500.
Miami fans are hoping that this year's title is the first of many, but as of now, they still remain some of the luckiest fans in the league.
5. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas fans have definitely gotten spoiled as of late since they haven't missed the playoffs since 2000. Since that point, they have made the Finals twice and have one title.
They have also watched Dirk Nowitzki win the MVP award in front of them and lead them to 11 straight seasons of at least 50 wins. The Mavericks have absolutely dominated the league in the past ten years, but only have one title to show for it.
While the fans are used to success in the regular season, they have had many disappointments in the post season. This, combined with their spotty success before, keeps them at number five.
4. Chicago Bulls
Six NBA titles alone will get a fan base spoiled, but to also watch Michael Jordan play in his prime?
Chicago fans have watched six MVP seasons, three Rookie of the Year seasons and countless deep playoff runs. It's one thing to watch a team win, but it's another to also watch multiple legends play.
I have yet to mention Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, two of the best defensive players in league history who also played some amazing years in Chicago.
Since Michael Jordan's retirement, the fans have had some rough years, but then Derrick Rose was drafted, and now Chicago is right back in the Championship hunt.
What's more, I don't expect them to be out of it for a long while.
3. Boston Celtics
This is a team I knew right away would be in my top five.Their 17 Championships rank number one in NBA history, and they were won by legends like Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Bob Cousy, and many others.
Their most recent title came in 2008, and the Celtics have made it past the first round of the playoffs every year since, including two Conference Finals appearances.
The Celtics also hold the distinction of having the longest streak of Championships out of any professional sports team in North America, with eight.
It's almost ridiculous how much the Celtics have won throughout their history, and I wonder what the fans would take another stretch of lottery appearances.
2. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have only missed the playoffs four times in their entire history. That's right, out of 35 seasons, the Spurs have managed to miss the playoffs just four times.
This is a very nice number, as the Spurs have won four NBA Championships, seemingly one for every postseason they miss.
Looking at the players they have had, it's easy to see why. George Gervin, David Robinson, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are just a few of the great players that have played in San Antonio.
In 2013, the Spurs will attempt to put up their 14th consecutive year of at least 50 wins. That streak includes the lockout-shortened season, where they only dropped 16 games
The only thing you ever hear a Spurs fan complain about is their failure to win back-to-back titles.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
This should be of no surprise to anyone reading this article.
The Lakers hold records for highest winning percentage in NBA history (.620) as well as a the record for most Finals appearances (31).
LA has inducted more than 20 players into the Hall of Fame and has had legends like Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West all win championships there.
Since their founding in 1949, the Lakers have only missed the postseason five times. There have been eight MVP seasons played in front of the LA crowd.
I could go on and on about this franchise, but you get the idea.
All of these accomplishments as well as others have led to the Lakers having some of the most spoiled and arrogant fans in the league.
It's not their fault, really; losing is not something that's okay for LA. It looks like the fans won't have to wait long to play in the Finals, as they picked up Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this offseason.
The Lakers are back in the Championship hunt; in other words, business as usual.
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