PHOTO: NBA Fan Map Shows Los Angeles Lakers Are America’s Team

PHOTO: NBA Fan Map Shows Los Angeles Lakers Are America’s Team



It should come as no surprise that the Lakers have one of the largest fan bases in America. The team has appeared in The Finals 31 times, winning 16 NBA Championships. The franchise has also had the privilege of having stars such as Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, and Kobe Bryant take the court representing the purple and gold.

The map via the New York Times, ┬áis based upon each team’s number of likes on the social media website. Facebook. The map shows how the premier teams in the league — the Thunder, Spurs, Celtics, and Heat — dominate their respective areas in terms of fan base.

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What’s most interesting about the map is how many fans the Lakers have according to the Facebook Data. The Lakers dominate Southern California, and are prominent in most states that boast no professional basketball team such as Nevada, Montana, and New Mexico.

For all the talk that the Clippers are becoming America’s team, this map proves that theory wrong. The Clippers name is not even mentioned on the map as the Lakers completely dominate the Los Angeles area.

For all those who thought fans would jump ship as the Lakers struggled are mistaken. Despite the Lakers enduring one of their worst seasons in franchise history, this map only proves that the team has one of the most loyal fan bases in America.
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  • Maalik

    Yeah Lakers are always the most popular team in the NBA.That never changes.

  • James Jones

    That’s why everyone hates us so much!

  • comrade24

    i’m surprised the Bucks are even on that map. they have fans?

    • $20509373

      They have fans, but they only come out if the Bucks make the playoffs.

    • Jim213

      More surprising is the Knick’s given that for being the #1 most valued franchise (Lakers next) they don’t have a true following.

  • Chris Park

    Thats right no clippers bitches

  • Rick Mathews

    Keep in mind that lots of people are now saying the Clippers are now kings of LA with their two little itty bitty Pacific Division banners.

  • SpursNation

    This isn’t a very good map – the warriors, spurs and the heat are all the same color. Go Spurs Go! :)

  • vdogg

    is this a shock? the lakers are the best NBA franchise EVER!!!!

  • ra

    um, most popular NBA team in the ‘World’. Go ask Kobe at the Beijing Olympics years back, when the fans mobbed him instead of LeBron (the ‘alleged’ and self-proclaimed King).

    Lakers brand is world renowned. LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY.

  • SwaggyBryant

    #Lakers cant beat us

  • $20509373

    The Lakers are probably the most popular team in the world.

    • Anthony

      3rd most popular behind 2 soccer teams. i forget which

  • e3bonz

    Nice to see my home state with a solid Laker fan base.

  • ersliva

    I live in mike millers town and I even know him…but im still a die hard los angeles born laker fan till the end even when jimmy screws things up like he has….