In the NBA, some teams completely rely on home-court in the regular season. The Denver Nuggets have a good home crowd, but are below average at 19-22 on the road. If they didn’t have that home court in Denver, they wouldn’t be in the position that they’re in right now. Other teams that haven’t had as much success as the Nuggets, like non-playoff teams, may not be winning, but they always have an excited crowd to look forward to.
The crowd, in fact, is some of the reason why players like to return to teams, not even for them money! LeBron James just wanted to win a championship, as the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ fans would beat Miami Heat fans in a shouting match any day. Here is a list of the best home crowds for non-playoff teams.
1. Portland Trailblazers:
Year after year, critics and analysts have predicted that the Blazers would make the playoffs. Since the Brandon Roy era, however, the Blazers have continually failed to do that despite a talented roster. Do their fans care? Not at all. They love their team unconditionally and have always been that way, just like Golden State Warriors fans. Their fan base will continue to stay loyal even if the Blazers have three more losing seasons. A playoff trip and perhaps a deep run is just what these fans are deserving of, and that’s going to be coming pretty soon.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers:
After the whole LeBron James fiasco, the Cavaliers were left dead in the water, and had the longest losing streak in NBA history. You would think that that’s enough to drive away fans, especially after many years of success, but it’s not. The Cavalier fans stayed faithful and getting a player like Kyrie Irving was a treat. Now that their whole starting lineup will be lottery picks, they’re bound to make the playoffs at some point, and those Cavs fans will be hoping to encounter the Miami Heat.
3. Toronto Raptors:
The Raptors are a non-playoff team just like these other two. They were also “screwed” by Chris Bosh, who left them to join the Heat in their quest for a championship. The Raptors fans were stunned, and some didn’t come back. Midway through the season after Bosh left, the fans started to show up again. Now with Demar DeRozan and Rudy Gay, they’re ready to start a new future, and hopefully bring in some fortunes to their team.
4. Sacramento Kings:
The Kings have had it tough. The last time they were in the playoffs, they were “bested” by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conferenceginals. They deserved to be in the Finals, but never made it there. The Kings fans weren’t as loud and excited after that. Despite the horrible seasons, they continued to come back, eventually becoming more and more passionate. Nobody really gave their fans any credit till they signed a petition to keep the Kings in Sacramento and stuck to their guns.