It’s been quite a while since the National Basketball Association last went through an expansion.
In fact, most fans and analysts would agree that it’s been way too long already, and it feels like another expansion is long-overdue at this point.
In fact, NBA insider Josh Eberley recently pointed out how many talented players aren’t even setting foot on the floor right now, which is why the expansion should be more viable now than ever:
“So much talent sitting on benches in the NBA. Expansion seems very viable to me right now,” Eberley tweeted.
So much talent sitting on benches in the NBA. Expansion seems very viable to me right now.
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) January 13, 2023
Fans have daydreamed about this scenario for decades now.
We hadn’t seen a new team in the league since 2004 when the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) became the league’s 30th franchise.
But the league keeps expanding and targeting a broader audience worldwide, not to mention how much money they could make off the ever-expanding gambling industry.
Cities like Las Vegas, Seattle, Kentucky, and even Mexico City have been mentioned as potential destinations for expansion teams.
Las Vegas is the ultimate sports town, Seattle had one of the strongest fanbases in the league during the Sonics era, Kentucky holds a long tradition in college hoops, and the NBA has already tested the waters in Mexico with international games.
There’s no denying that wherever the league chooses as a potential host city for an NBA team, fans will welcome it with open arms, and there will be sold-out seats night in and night out.
It’s been too long already.
Make it happen, Adam Silver!