If these NBA teams were high-school students, they'd be the most popular prom kings of the Facebook world. While popularity may not always breed championships, these next five teams are guaranteed to have plenty of people at their victory parades if/when they bring home the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Here are The 5 2015 NBA Playoff Teams With The Largest Facebook Followings.
(All totals current as of 4:05 EST on 4/17/2015)
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (3,444,521 likes)
We're not sure how many of these fans have burned a LeBron jersey or two in their lifetimes and how many have hitched themselves to the "Return of the King" bandwagon, but the Cavs have one of the fastest-growing social media presences in all of the NBA. Cavs diehards have always been a fiercely loyal sort, but they have plenty of new company nowadays.
4. Dallas Mavericks (4,136,241 likes)
Mark Cuban eats, sleeps, and breathes social media, so this really shouldn't be a surprise. The Mavs are like the mid-2000s run-and-gun Phoenix Suns, except with a much better marketing staff and the ageless awesomeness of Dirk Nowitzki draining bananas jumpers in exasperated defenders' grills.
3. San Antonio Spurs (5,654,302 fans)
As John Cena would say -- the champ(s) is here! A decade and a half of pure unadulterated success courtesy of the most likable Big Three of the modern era will get you some damn followers on Facebook. They may have completed their metamorphosis into the New York Yankees of basketball (only, perhaps better), but that's only going to help their social media reach, not hinder it.
2. Boston Celtics (8,439,176 fans)
The Celtics traffic in unparalleled tradition, boasting an all-time best 17 NBA championships -- one more than their eternal rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Boston has a diverse fan base of supporters new and old, and they've all got a "ride or die" mentality when it comes to cheering on their boys in green.
1. Chicago Bulls (17,430,508 fans)
The Chicago Bulls' on-court product has been dang impressive as of late, but the Bulls' insane amount of Facebook followers can likely be more attributed to the fact that the most marketable star in sports history -- Michael F$%#ing Jordan -- made the Windy City his castle and kingdom.
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