From the perspective of fans across all sports leagues, Boston is the common enemy. Not only does this opinion exist because of the constant success most of all the Boston teams have, but also because their fans are some of the most supportive and rowdy fans. In the NBA, the Boston Celtics have had extreme levels of success recently and historically. Legends such as Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and many more have steeped the Celtics with historical moments. Additionally, Boston has not only the oldest active NBA team, but also the oldest overall NBA franchise, along with the New York Knicks, founded in 1946. Currently, under the guidance of head coach Brad Stevens, stars such as Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, and Jayson Tatum lead the team to success. Let’s look at how the Celtics placed 6th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Team Rankings.
CelticsCon in Valencia, Spain. Photo courtesy of SB Nation.
Here’s the list of teams which have been announced so far:
7) Miami Heat
6) Boston Celtics
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.
Boston Celtics Rankings
|Fan Clubs on FanWide||11||11|
|NBA Championships since 1977||4||4|
|All-Stars(last 5 years)||5||7|
|National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)||39||3|
|Wins (last 5 years)||221||13|
|Value (in billions)||2.5||5|
|Total Followers (in millions)||15.56||7|
Fan Clubs on FanWide: 11 (11th)
Boston fans are dedicated, passionate, and excitement when it comes to their sports teams. This is directly translated in the ranking of fan clubs on FanWide. What holds them back though, is the small size of Boston. The city is very populated, but their large population is very condensed within the small area that the city has. Nevertheless, they hold their ground against bigger cities across the league.
NBA Championships Since 1977: 4 (4th)
Founded as the first NBA team with the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics have a lot of history. They have won 4 NBA championships after the merger with the ABA in 1977 and countless amounts of championships before that. Due to this, and the very strong roster that they have that will continue to mature and strengthen, it is without a doubt that the Celtics will make more NBA Finals appearance and bring home some championships. Perhaps, this might even be their year.
All-Stars (last 5 years): 5 (7th)
This statistic stands as strong as it does due to the collaborative effort between Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, and Isaiah Thomas. They combine for a total of 5 all-star appearances in the last five years. Also, newer members of the Celtics such as Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum will likely increase this number in the next few years. Get ready for a Celtics packed All-Star Game.
National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV): 39 (3rd)
The recent success of the team has put them in the spotlight of the league. The addition of Gordon Hayward to the squad and the outstanding and shocking performance by the younger members of the team last post-season has allowed the Celtics to be broadcasted nationally 39 times this year, placing them third out of all 30 NBA teams. Also, who doesn’t love watching another Boston team win on national television? Am I right?
Wins (last 5 years): 221 (13th)
Before Isaiah Thomas took over in the 2014-2015 season, the C’s struggled a lot in the regular season in the 2013-2014 season. They totalled only 25 wins and finished at 12th in the East. This is what holds them down in wins in the past five years. After that, they made a strong push and now sit towards the top of the Eastern Conference like they usually do. Their rebuilding process has truly been a thing of beauty.
Attendance (average): 18,624 (11th)
The city of Boston is very small but mighty. Additionally, TD Garden has a maximum capacity of less than 20,000. This means that each home game is nearly at capacity as there is an average attendance of 18,624 people.
Value (in billions): 2.5 (5th)
Boston is by far one of the biggest sports cities across the United States. Within the 30-team league, it is not surprising how influential and powerful such a small city is. What also adds to the team value is its historical presence. From its founding in 1946, the Celtics have been creating a legacy with all their achievements and success. Lastly, many NBA fans love to buy Boston gear and support the young and rising stars that come out of the organization. Being valued at $2.5 billion by Forbes is no joke and the C’s definitely embrace that.
Total Followers (in millions): 15.56 (7th)
Aggregate Instagram– 3.7 million, Twitter– 3.36 million, and Facebook– 8.72 million followers were measured in this metric. The Celtics easily clear the top ten of this ranking at 7th place with 15.56 million total followers. The young and invigorating team has been very fun to follow and has caused a spike in recent follows. On top of that, the longtime Celtics fans have always been in support of their team and always look to stay posted on the most recent Celtics updates.
The Celtics are easily one of the most historically significant teams in the NBA. Being the first founded team with the New York Knicks has definitely given them an advantage in this ranking. Moreover, they have made a strong presence across the league every year. With their very young and over talented team this season, there is a strong chance that the Boston Celtics will make a finals appearance, and perhaps win it all. Thus, they place 6th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking.
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