In the NBA, the teams in the big markets always get the headlines. Even if the teams in those respective cities aren't doing great, they somehow always make their way to the forefront.
A classic example is the Los Angeles Lakers. They are star-studded and full of intrigue, but the team is barely above .500. Put them in a smaller city like Portland and they wouldn't get nearly as many headlines.
Another example is Linsanity from last season. Had he emerged in Milwaukee, not many would pick up that story. But since he was a New York Knick, everyone ate it up. Yes, it helped that he was a rare Asian-American in the NBA, but it wouldn't get as much run if he helped the Bucks win seven straight games instead of the Knicks.
Which brings us to the smaller-market teams. They don't get as much publicity as the Lakers, Knicks or Bulls, but what if those franchises were in the big markets?
The following slideshow will have the top five teams that everyone would love had they played in big markets.