When one envisions a raucous atmosphere in the NBA, thoughts immediately shift to Madison Square Garden, Boston's TD Garden or even Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
However, winning teams don't necessarily have fans turning out in droves to support their team, even in the playoffs. In the past few seasons, teams have had empty seats turn up even through the second round—we'll get to them later.
For other teams, like the Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings, we can't really blame them for sitting out the games. With ownership running things so poorly to create a horrible team, the blame definitely does not lie with the fans.
Most good-to-great teams in the NBA have good turnout attendance, including the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.
I tend to rate the bad teams on a different scale because when the team is worse off without a basketball culture or rich history, it's tough for fans to just come out. Why would fans watch the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets if they never win?
With that being said, there are seven solid franchises that fit the criteria with underwhelming attendance rates. We all know how a crazy atmosphere in the playoffs mean (see Golden State Warriors in 2007), and these playoff contenders could use a bit more noise.