Your 2018 Tortured NBA Fanbase Rankings

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For the past five seasons, after the college basketball season ended, I did a ranking of the 25 Most Tortured NBA Fanbase rankings for Sports On Earth. (Here’s last year’s.) Obviously there is no Sports On Earth anymore, but I liked doing them, and I feel like there’s some historical continuity to hang onto here, so here this is year’s.

(Though we’re just doing a list here. If you want the usual 2,000-word piece full of the typically illuminating commentary, I insist on a modest pittance.)
(Or, knowing me, you’ll just have to ask.)

30. Golden State Warriors
29. Boston Celtics
28. Los Angeles Lakers
27. San Antonio Spurs
26. Miami Heat
25. Houston Rockets
24. Dallas Mavericks
23. Chicago Bulls
22. Detroit Pistons
21. Cleveland Cavaliers
20. Brooklyn Nets
19. New Orleans Pelicans
18. Portland Trail Blazers
17. Charlotte Hornets
16. Orlando Magic
15. Philadelphia 76ers
14. Milwaukee Bucks
13. Denver Nuggets
12. Atlanta Hawks
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Memphis Grizzlies
9. Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Phoenix Suns
7. Utah Jazz
6. Indiana Pacers
5. Washington Wizards
4. New York Knicks
3. Los Angeles Clippers
2. Toronto Raptors
1. Sacramento Kings

I am sure I got this all wrong. Email me if you want to tell me why.

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Writer, New York, NYT, MLB, WaPo, others. Founder, Deadspin. Author of four books, with fifth, “How Lucky,” coming May 2021. https://williamfleitch.substack.com

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