Top 10 Cities Without an NBA Team

Top 10 Cities Without an NBA Team

 
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10. San Diego

Metro Population: 3.3 million

Arena: Valley View Casino Center (1966) *too old and too small for NBA basketball

Market Served By: MLB

Pro Basketball History: NBA: Rockets (1967-71), Clippers (1978-84), ABA: Conquistadors/Sails (1972-75)

Natural Rivals: 4 California rivals including the nearby Lakers and Clippers

 

 

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9. Montreal

Metro Population: 4 million

Arena: Bell Centre (1996)

Market Served By: NHL, MLS

Pro Basketball History: None (NBA or old ABA)

Natural Rivals: Toronto, Boston

 

 

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8. Pittsburgh

Metro Population: 2.4 million

Arena: PPG Paints Arena (2010)

Market Served By: NFL, MLB, NHL

Pro Basketball History: ABA: Pipers (1967-68, 69-70), Condors (1970-72)

Natural Rivals: Philadelphia, Cleveland

 

 

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7. Kansas City

Metro Population: 2.1 million

Arena: Sprint Center (2007)

Market Served By: NFL, MLB, MLS

Pro Basketball History: NBA: Kings (1972-75)

Natural Rivals: OKC

 

 

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6. Tampa

Metro Population: 2.8 million

Arena: Amalie Arena (1996)

Market Served By: NFL, MLB, NHL

Pro Basketball History: None (NBA or old ABA)

Natural Rivals: Orlando, Miami

 

 

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5. St. Louis

Metro Population: 2.8 million

Arena: Enterprise Center (1994) *major renovations in 2018

Market Served By: MLB, NHL

Pro Basketball History: NBA: Bombers (1946-50), Hawks (1955-68), ABA: Spirits (1974-76)

Natural Rivals: Chicago, Memphis

 

 

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4. Louisville

Metro Population: 1.3 million

Arena: KFC Yum! Center (2010)

Market Served By: None

Pro Basketball History: ABA: Kentucky Colonels (1967-76)

Natural Rivals: Cleveland, Washington , Philadelphia

 

 

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3. Vancouver

Metro Population: 2.4 million

Arena: Rogers Arena (1995)

Market Served By: NHL, MLS

Pro Basketball History: NBA: Grizzlies (1995-2001)

Natural Rivals: Toronto, Portland

 

 

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2. Las Vegas

Metro Population: 2.2 million

Arena: T-Mobile Arena (2016)

Market Served By: NHL, NFL (2020)

Pro Basketball History: Hosted the 2007 NBA all-star game

Natural Rivals: Desert rivalry with the Phoenix Suns

 

 

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1. Seattle

Metro Population: 3.7 million

Arena: Key Arena (1962) *major renovations starting in 2018

Market Served By: NFL, MLB, MLS

Pro Basketball History: NBA: Sonics (1967-2008)

Natural Rivals: Portland, OKC

 

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