Popular. Scary. Legendary. Historic. These are only some of the many words that can be used to describe the Los Angeles Lakers. This past offseason changed a lot for the Lakers. LeBron James chose to sign with them and that reignited the fire within the fans. Along with many young stars such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and of course Kyle Kuzma, this team has an absurd amount of potential carried by one of the best leaders to ever play the game. Nevertheless, one season good season is not the only reason they place in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking.
The Lakers have always been one of the most exciting teams to watch. The organization was founded in 1947, the second year of the NBA, which ultimately gives them an advantage over almost all teams as their franchise timeline goes back further. Kobe Bryant, easily one of the best and by far the most competitive player to set foot on an NBA court, spent his whole career with LA and recently retired in 2016. Other legends such as Shaquille O’Neal, the whole Showtime Lakers (Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Wilt Chamberlain, and many more have all put on a Lakers jersey. You will never be disappointed watching a Lakeshow…trust me. No wonder why the Lakers were able to place 8th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking.
Here’s the list of teams which have been announced so far:
8) Los Angeles Lakers
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.
Los Angeles Lakers Rankings
|Fan Clubs on FanWide||7||13|
|NBA Championships since 1977||10||1|
|All-Stars(last 5 years)||3||22|
|National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)||43||1|
|Wins (last 5 years)||126||30|
|Value (in billions)||3.3||2|
|Total Followers (in millions)||35.97||1|
Fan Clubs on FanWide: 7 (13th)
The Lakers are within the top half of the league with fan clubs registered on FanWide. Both old and new fans gather at watch parties to support their team and create a stadium away from the stadium. Yet, this number can definitely be much higher. Lakers fans! Make sure to register your club on FanWide and continue to help support your team!