The 6. Home of the Toronto Raptors. Canada’s Team. The Raptors have always had a strong presence across the league with previous stars such as Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, and DeMar DeRozan. It is to no one’s surprise that they are able to break into FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking at the #9 spot. Despite always having Kyle Lowry to help lead their team, the Raptors acquired all-star forward Kawhi Leonard and shooting guard Danny Green in a recent exchange for DeMar DeRozan. Although this trade stunned the league as the Raptors did not think twice about trading away their star, it has paid off for them as Kawhi has helped Toronto maintain its position as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference rankings. Additionally, the recent signing of Jeremy Lin will for sure boost fan support from the Asian Canadian and Asian American community as many other previous Chinese players have done for organizations. For sure we cannot forget about the fact that the Raptors are music superstar Drake’s favorite sports team. Enough of the summary, let’s get right into how the Toronto Raptors were able to rank 9th in FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams rankings.
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9) Toronto Raptors
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.
Toronto Raptors Rankings
|Fan Clubs on FanWide||0||28 (tie)|
|NBA Championships since 1977||0||12 (tie)|
|All-Stars(last 5 years)||8||3|
|National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV)||27||7|
|Wins (last 5 years)||263||4|
|Value (in billions)||1.4||12|
|Total Followers (in millions)||5.71||15|
Fan Clubs on FanWide: 0 (tied for 28th)
This is the most surprising number in the rankings for Toronto. With such a big market city and being Canada’s only NBA team seems to make no sense as to why the there are no fan clubs listed on FanWide. The explanation to such a statistic is that FanWide is currently only tracking fan clubs which exist in America. Yet, a team from Canada stands little chance in having a strong fan base in America as it is from a different country and has not yet won a championship. Whether you fan club is in the US or Canada, let us know so that we can help your team!
NBA Championships Since 1977: 0 (tied for 12th)
The Toronto Raptors were founded in 1995. This makes them the435 3rd newest franchise in the league behind the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans. With such little history behind them, it is hard for them to have already won a championship against other organizations that have much more experience then them. But, eventually, the Raptors will be able to pull through and win a championship for The 6.
All-Stars (last 5 years): 8 (3rd)
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have either been voted in as a starter together or separate in the past five years creating a total of 8 all-star appearances. This number strongly corresponds to the fan support behind not only the players but also the organization as a whole. With Kawhi Leonard on the team now, there is no reason to suspect that this number will not go up.
National Games Televised Last Year (ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV): 27 (7th)
Despite being located in Canada, the Raptors are still able to place 7th on the list for nationally televised games. This is solely due to the fact that on the court, they are near unstoppable. As a matter of fact, they are powerful that they are nationally broadcasted in the 27 times in the United States. Broadcasts in Canada were not factored into this calculation.
Wins (last 5 years): 263 (4th)
This number is a pure testament to their dominance on the court. Not only does their success on the court cause them to rank higher going into the playoffs, but it strongly increases fan support, and boosts their popularity all across the league. Any NBA fan will definitely say that the Raptors are one of the top teams across the league.
Attendance (average): 19,839 (4th)
In such a big city, with such a successful sports team, and such a proud fan base, there will almost always be a packed arena during home games. This is clearly the case for the Raptors. The city of Toronto is one of the best markets and most densely populated cities across. Thus, it is almost expected that the Raptors would place high in this metric.
Value (in billions): 1.4 (12th)
Toronto is a very big city, as well as a very popular and spirited city. There is one problem though that stunts the value of the franchise. It is that the franchise was established recently in comparison to many other teams and the sureness and stability of the not only the city of Toronto but the team as a whole has not been secure yet. Nevertheless, the Raptors are worth 1.4 billion dollars and rank 12th across the league according to Forbes. What is impressive though is how the two other teams who are younger than Toronto rank 29th (team) and 30th (team) in value. Be sure to watch out for the Toronto Raptors as they will most definitely climb to the very top of this ranking soon.
Total Followers (in millions): 5.71 (15th)
It seems to be that being such a young franchise has justified all of the strong but not strong enough rankings for the Raptors. You guessed it, that same reason will explain this one. Although the social media era has only taken over recently, the Raptors name has not been in the conversations of many yet as they do not have much historical value. With that comes the fact that their demographic of fans outside of Toronto is limited to younger fans which makes up for a lot but not all of social media users. In the next few years though, the Raptors will definitely climb in social media strength. They currently have 1.7 million followers on Instagram, 1.77 million followers Twitter, and 2.26 followers on Facebook.
Founded in 1995, it is nothing but impressive that the Raptors can place at the #9 spot on FanWide’s Top Ten NBA Teams ranking. The scary part about this is that they will definitely continue to push towards the top of this ranking as everything about them will get even better. Start buying your Raptors gear because whether you like it or not, they will take over the league soon.
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