NBA fans love underdogs. For some reason or another, we love watching scrappy young teams overcome the odds to take out some of the giants and thus establish themselves as a force in the league. Just how fans embraced the Lob City Los Angeles Clippers last season, the same can be said for a handful of teams this year.
For example, the Golden State Warriors have finally come together to make a lot of noise in the Western Conference. Their offense is clicking and their work under the basket has been phenomenal. They may be young, but fans will be excited to see how far the team can go come playoff time.
That's the nature of being the underdog. Nobody expects you to do well and thrive, but everyone has your back and wants to see you finish on top. This support turns into momentum and serves as fuel, at which point the possibilities are endless.
Certain NBA teams this year have definitely emerged as underdogs, and the support of their fans and front office will help them flourish in such a role over the remainder of the season.