Where do I even start with this franchise? Do I cover the Michael Jordan era? Do I talk about Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler? Do I talk about the untapped potential they have on their team? The Chicago Bulls have been one of the most historically powerful franchises in the NBA. Let’s start at the beginning of the major success. In 1984, the Chicago Bulls decided to use their number 3 pick on a kid from UNC. This kid was Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan went on to lead the Bulls to his historic 6 rings. With other strong teammates such as Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, and of course Scottie Pippen, the Bulls seemed unstoppable with Michael Jordan. After this streak of success faded, Derrick Rose was drafted in 2008 with the first overall pick. He carried the Bulls to a lot of success and even managed to win MVP in the 2011 season, making him the youngest player to win the MVP award. Currently, the Chicago Bulls are rebuilding and waiting for their next spark, yet their historical dominance allows them to place 4th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking.
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7) Miami Heat
4) Chicago Bulls
The NBA is unique in many aspects of fan support. It is very difficult to rank a team based solely off of their on or off court success. Therefore, FanWide chose to use data from both categories to create a ranking that is one of a kind. All the metrics used in this ranking were weighted equally in order to ensure there was a balance between the different factors. Additionally, all of the metrics were applicable to all 30 of the NBA teams. As a result, our top ten ranking is the most balanced and unique ranking for NBA teams. More information about our methodology can be found here. FanWide will be releasing the top ten NBA fan clubs in the next few weeks.
Chicago Bulls Rankings
|Fan Clubs on FanWide||210||1|
|NBA Championships since 1977||6||2|
|All-Stars (last 5 years)||6||7|
|National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)||6||25|
|Wins (last 5 years)||208||15|
|Value (in billions)||2.6||4|
|Total Followers (in millions)||25.64||3|
Fan Clubs on FanWide: 210 (1st)
The Chicago Bulls have a total of 210 fan clubs listed on FanWide. The Cleveland Cavaliers placed second in this metric with a total of 79 fan clubs, yet the gap between the first and second place in this metric is drastic. It is clear that through times of glory and times of pain, Bulls fans are always willing to gather for a watch party.