The Sixers aren’t the NBA’s worst team, at least record-wise, as some expected them to be, but they are getting the least support from fans. The Sixers, who boast the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams, have the lowest home attendance in the league.
Apparently even MCW can’t help the Sixers sell seats this season.
In 15 home games so far this season, the Wells Fargo Center has averaged 13,266 attendees per game, and at times it feels, and looks like much less than that. The Sixers are the only team in the league that have drawn less than 200,000 total fans at this point in the season, and with the team out of the playoff picture the trend is likely to continue.
A drop-off in support was expected this season after it was clear the team couldn’t contend, but last in the league? Yikes.
You would like to think that even though the Sixers are struggling they could draw more interest than say the Bucks or the Bobcats, especially considering market size and the fact that they have their first true Rookie of the Year candidate since Allen Iverson. But Philly fans, ever desperate for a winner, don’t want to shell out for a team that is not contending in the now, no matter how bright the franchise’s future may be.
Things get slightly better for the Sixers away from the Wells Fargo Center, as they at least aren’t last in away attendance, as the Kings, Trail Blazers, and Magic all draw less away from home than the Sixers.
Sam Hinkie and the rest of the organization know what it needs to do. If all goes according to plan, the Sixers will be building a young contender in the coming years, and once the wins start coming, fans will follow.
NBA attendance figures can be found here: http://espn.go.com/nba/attendance