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.
Road Watch Party at Real Time Sports Bar and Grill. Photo courtesy of NBA.com
Here’s the list of teams which have been announced so far:
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.
NBA Championships Since 1977: 6 (2nd)
All six of these NBA championships were won under the lead of Michael Jordan. This number is so prominent that Jordan Brand released a shoe line named “6 Rings”. With six titles, the Bulls are easily 2nd in the league for this metric. What does not factor into this is how epic these championships were. I suggest you go and watch some film on how the GOAT won his titles.
All-Stars (last 5 years): 6 (7th)
Jimmy Butler has played a significant role in the Bulls franchise during his time there. He was named all-star several times which directly gives a boost to this statistic. Additionally, Pau Gasol has contributed some all-star seasons on the Bulls. Ultimately, they were able to place 10th across the league, even though they are rebuilding.
National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV): 6 (25th)
Similar to the Cavs in the last post, the Bulls are currently rebuilding. Although they have lots of good young talent such as Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and others, national television networks only want to broadcast the cream of the crop. Don’t forget about the Chicago Bulls though, because this number with grow exponentially in the next few years.
Wins (last 5 years): 208 (15th)
The Bulls have not been at their peak in the past 5 years, yet they still manage to stand their ground. With a total of 208 wins and placing within the top half of the league with this statistic, it is impressive and scary to imagine what the Bulls will be able to do when they are done rebuilding and ready to stun the league once again. Don’t let it catch you off guard.
Attendance (average): 20,776 (1st)
The city of Chicago is the third largest in not only the NBA, but also the United States. It is no surprise that many Chi-town fans are able to pack the United Center and place first in the NBA for average home game attendance. Also, Chicago is a very spirited city with many other sports teams such as the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks.
Value (in billions): 2.6 (4th)
Continuing the discussion regarding the strength of the city of Chicago, being the third largest city in the United States creates many market opportunities, hence Forbes gives the Bulls a value of $2.6 billion. What also contributes to this number is the history of the organization. Who does not like the Bulls? Who has not owned some sort of Michael Jordan memorabilia? A very small number of sports fans.
Total Followers (in millions): 25.64 (3rd)
By breaking down this statistic, everything makes more sense. The Chicago Bulls have 4.2 million followers on Instagram, 4.06 million followers on Twitter, and 17.4 million followers on Facebook. The drastic difference between Facebook followers and the other social media platforms clearly shows that majority of Bulls fans are from older times, since Instagram and Twitter are newer. Bulls fans are dedicated, although they have not had the most success in recent years, their fans exemplify the idea of longevity.
Just the fact that the Bulls had Michael Jordan is enough to explain how they placed 4th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Team rankings. Yet, there is a lot more to the picture. Instead of repeating everything I said, let me just warn you to stay alert because when the Bulls are ready to shock the league, they will.
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