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Cities That Should Have a Basketball Team

Updated May 21, 2020 67.2k votes 7.9k voters 109.7k views50 items

List RulesU.S. cities who do not have an NBA team, but should

Does your city deserve a professional NBA team? Here is a list of cities that should have a professional basketball team, but for one reason or another, don't. These cities are either big enough to have a team or have many sports fans who live there who want a team. From metropolises like Seattle that had a franchise but lost it, to strongholds of other sports franchises like St. Louis and Pittsburgh, there are plenty of cities in America that don't have NBA teams that should.

What cities don't have NBA teams? What cities should get NBA expansion teams? It's possible that some of the county's best basketball cities are toiling way without a professional team! If you have an opinion, you can add to this list of cities that should have NBA teams and share it with your friends. Who knows, maybe one of these cities without NBA teams will get one because of you.
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  • 1
    Seattle
    3,677
    681

    Seattle

    Washington, USA

    Area (km sq)369.2

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  • 2
    Las Vegas
    2,122
    1,164

    Las Vegas

    Nevada, USA

    Area (km sq)352.0

  • 3
    St. Louis
    2,030
    1,172

    St. Louis

    Missouri, USA

    Area (km sq)171.46

  • 4
    Kansas City
    1,729
    1,064

    Kansas City

    Missouri, USA

    Area (km sq)826.28

  • 5
    Pittsburgh
    1,981
    1,391

    Pittsburgh

    Pennsylvania, USA

    Area (km sq)151.0

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  • 6
    San Diego
    1,394
    931

    San Diego

    California, USA

    Area (km sq)964.51

  • 7
    Louisville
    1,531
    1,040

    Louisville

    Kentucky, USA

    Area (km sq)1033.41

  • 8
    Baltimore
    1,429
    1,036

    Baltimore

    Maryland, USA

    Area (km sq)238.4

  • 9
    Cincinnati
    1,101
    1,124

    Cincinnati

    Ohio, USA

    Area (km sq)206.01

  • 10
    Nashville
    891
    914

    Nashville

    Tennessee, USA

    Area (km sq)1362.59

  • 11
    San Francisco
    1,972
    2,538

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    San Francisco

    California, USA

    Area (km sq)600.6

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  • 12
    Austin
    641
    573

    Austin

    Texas, USA

    Area (km sq)704.0

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  • 13
    Tampa
    682
    897

    Tampa

    Florida, USA

    Area (km sq)441.85

  • 14
    Honolulu
    798
    1,199

    Honolulu

    Hawaii, USA

    Area (km sq)177.2

  • 15
    Raleigh
    423
    564

    Raleigh

    North Carolina, USA

    Area (km sq)375.0

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  • 16
    Jacksonville
    497
    618

    Jacksonville

    Florida, USA

    Area (km sq)2292.14

  • 17
    Virginia Beach
    520
    732

    Virginia Beach

    Virginia, USA

    Area (km sq)1288.0

  • 18
    Columbus
    514
    915

    Columbus

    Ohio, USA

    Area (km sq)577.85

  • 19
    Omaha
    458
    845

    Omaha

    Nebraska, USA

    Area (km sq)307.95

  • 20
    Buffalo
    533
    1,085

    Buffalo

    New York, USA

    Area (km sq)136.0

  • 21
    San Jose
    420
    901

    San Jose

    California, USA

    Area (km sq)466.11

  • 22
    Richmond
    7
    18

    Richmond

    Virginia, USA

    Area (km sq)161.87

  • 23
    Greater Sudbury
    12
    31

    Greater Sudbury

    Ontario, Canada

    Area (km sq)3200.0

  • 24
    San Juan
    252
    396

    San Juan

    Puerto Rico

    Area (km sq)199.25

  • 25
    Albuquerque
    460
    1,020

    Albuquerque

    New Mexico, USA

    Area (km sq)469.56