Your 2019 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 2017'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. Toronto Raptors
29. Golden State Warriors
28. Los Angeles Lakers
27. Boston Celtics
26. Miami Heat
25. San Antonio Spurs
24. Dallas Mavericks
23. Cleveland Cavaliers
22. Brooklyn Nets
21. New Orleans Pelicans
20. Detroit Pistons
19. Chicago Bulls
18. Charlotte Hornets
17. Orlando Magic
16. Denver Nuggets
15. Houston Rockets
14. Portland Trail Blazers
13. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Atlanta Hawks
11. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Milwaukee Bucks
8. Utah Jazz
7. Los Angeles Clippers
6. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Indiana Pacers
4. Phoenix Suns
3. Washington Wizards
2. Sacramento Kings
1. New York Knicks

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.

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