Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Magic Are Sort of Popular
Nate Silver who heads the statistical haven of a website that is FiveThirtyEight has taken 10 years of search data from Google Trends to come up with popularity search scores for all thirty NBA franchises. No one should be shocked at the top 5.
Your Orlando Magic over this ten years of data is ranked 21st in this fandom ranking. That's not bad considering how awful the Magic were in 2004. Yeah, they had the 4-5 years of the Stan Van Gundy era that peaked with the 2009 Finals appearance, but the past few seasons have been brutal to endure as Orlando rebuilds. I'll take that #21 spot considering Orlando is only the 19th largest TV market. Expect Orlando to rise in the coming years in both Google searches and television market.