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Top NBA Teams: #10 Oklahoma City Thunder

The time has come! The #10 of FanWide’s very own Top Ten NBA Teams has been announced. Since its creation, FanWide has gathered data regarding fan clubs and fan engagement, which is used in ranking the Top Ten NBA Teams is unique to FanWide and has produced a ranking like no other. The metrics used to list the teams from first to last were based on both their on and off court success. This balance ultimately creates a broader and more balanced field to judge teams in the fairest way possible. Without further ado, coming at #10 on FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams is the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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OKC fans at a watch party in Norman, OK. Photo courtesy of the OKC Thunder.

FanWide’s #10 Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

In 2008, the Seattle Supersonics made one of the most drastic moves in NBA history to relocate to Oklahoma City. Moreover, they rebranded themselves as the Thunder. This relocation and rebranded shocked fans even more as the previously known Supersonics had drafted Kevin Durant the year before and Russell Westbrook the summer of 2008. Nevertheless, in their 11 years as the Thunder, nothing but success has blessed the franchise. The strong core of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and James Harden along with key role players such as Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka carried the Thunder to a Western Conference title and a very competitive finals against LeBron and the Miami Heat in 2012. Additionally, the Thunder have always been one of the top teams not only in the Western Conference, but throughout the whole NBA. Despite the loss of James Harden in 2012 and Kevin Durant in 2016, the Thunder have always to managed to keep a strong team. They were able to trade for all stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in 2017 and many others. Lastly, their strength on the court is matched by an intense nationwide fanbase that gives them nothing but support in FanWide’s rankings. Read below to learn more about how the Thunder were able to make the Top Ten NBA Teams.

Here’s the list of teams which have been announced so far:

10) Oklahoma City Thunder

Methodology

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.

OKC Thunder Rankings

Category Count NBA Rank
Fan Clubs on Fanwide 0 28 (tie)
NBA Championships since 1977 1 (as Seattle Supersonics) 9
All-Stars (last 5 years) 9 2
National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV) 36 6
Wins (last 5 years) 254 6
Attendance (Average) 18,203 13
Value (in billions) 1.25 18
Total Followers (in millions) 13.47 8

Fan Clubs on FanWide: 0 (tied for 28th)

There are currently 0 fan clubs listed on FanWide for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although it is somewhat odd as to why such a strong team has no fan clubs, it is explainable. Originally, the team was located in Seattle which is a strong market and populated city, yet they moved to Oklahoma City which is the opposite. Thunder fans are dispersed all across the country and have no strong core to gather and have watch parties. Nevertheless, if you are a Thunder fan looking to register a fan club in your city let us know and you could be first!

NBA Championships Since 1977: 1 (9th)

Shortly after the merger between the NBA and ABA in 1977, the Seattle Supersonics took home a title in 1979 after taking down the Washington Bullets. This collaborative effort was led by Dennis Johnson who was the Finals MVP award. Although they have not been able to win another championship, they have made an appearance in the 2012 yet were not able to capitalize. Having one championship under their belt does greatly help in FanWide’s rankings as most teams have not won a single championship yet.

All-Star (last 5 years): 9 (2nd)

As mentioned in the introduction, the Thunder have always had a strong roster in comparison to other teams across the league. Almost every of the past 5 years Russell Westbrook has been voted in to being all-stars. In addition, Paul George and Kevin Durant appear frequently. Hence, it is not surprising that OKC ranks 2nd across the league in all-stars.

National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV): 36 (6th)

Frequently, TV broadcasters televise teams who have strong rosters and lots of potential to excite views in addition to how dispersed their fanbase is. Since the Thunder have one of the so many popular players, it is no surprise that they have the 6th most nationally televised games this season.

Wins (last 5 years): 254 (6th)

With Russell Westbrook always putting the team on his back with other stars such as Paul George, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony making strong impacts as well, the Thunder have been able to reel in 254 wins in the past years. This puts them at 6th across the league and is a strong reason as to fans love watching the team.

Attendance (average): 18,203 (13th)

Oklahoma City is at a disadvantage in this category due to the fact that their city is such a small market in relation to bigger cities. Nevertheless, they are still able to place 13th in the category of attendance. However, it is almost impossible to have more fans attend home games in comparison to teams in more densely populated cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, etc.

Value (in billions): 1.25 (18th)

According to Forbes, the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise is worth $1.25 billion. This number is a solid representation as jersey sales and many other forms or revenue are very popular among Thunder fans. However, what holds them back is their location. Maybe Seattle would have been a better option.

Total Followers (in millions): 13.47 (8th)

The numbers of followers on the Instagram (4 million followers), Twitter (2.68 million followers), and Facebook (7 million of followers) accounts of OKC were used to measure this. This number is not very surprising as such a strong and young on and off court team typically has a lot of social media followers, and this is the case.

The Oklahoma City Thunder sit at #10 in FanWide’s very own Top Ten NBA Teams ranking. Their success on the court and their widespread fan base will keep their name in the conversations of many NBA fans. Look out for this team in the future as they are going to make a statement across the league soon.

Stay tuned for the release of FanWide’s Top 10 NBA Teams, and make sure to check out our ranking for the Top 10 MLB and European Soccer Clubs!

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