“With the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select LeBron James”. This statement, delivered by David Stern (commissioner of the NBA at the time), changed everything for not only the Cavaliers, but the city of Cleveland as a whole. All the way up until 2010, LeBron was committed to the Cavs and made them into a team that was not only well respected, but also feared across the league. After the (first) departure of LeBron, the Cavs no longer seemed to hold the same amount of strength as they had in previous season; however, they hit the jackpot with the #1 pick in the 2011 draft with future All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. Although Irving struggled to bring the Cavs success in his first few years, he reignited the team’s spirits and potential. When LeBron returned in 2014, the city was joyous and the passion to win was back. During all of LeBron’s next four years as a Cavalier, he carried them to 4 straight NBA Finals appearances. Their most notable performance was coming back from being down 3-1 in the Finals and winning. The city of Cleveland was then branded as “The Land” as it was the center of focus across the league. This season, the team is fresh and young and is led by young guard Collin Sexton who has nothing but success in his future. With all of this going on for the Cavs, it is clear as to why they rank 5th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking.
Here’s the list of teams which have been announced so far:
7) Miami Heat
5) Cleveland Cavaliers
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.
Cleveland Cavaliers Rankings
|Fan Clubs on FanWide||79||2|
|NBA Championships since 1977||1||9|
|All-Stars (last 5 years)||9||5|
|National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)||7||23|
|Wins (last 5 years)||244||7|
|Value (in billions)||1.3||15|
|Total Followers (in millions)||18.79||5|
Fan Clubs on FanWide: 79 (2nd)
Cleveland is a very small city, yet that does not correlate with the support that Cleveland fans across the nation give towards the Cavaliers. Being second across the league for the number of fan clubs on FanWide is no joke. This is obviously a result of the success the organization has had with stars such as LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin Love, and many more. Additionally, they were able to make 5 NBA Finals appearances in the since 2007.