Remember last year when we took Frank Kaminsky to task for not understanding 1) how many people actually attend NBA games and 2) How few of Wisconsin's road games actually sell out?
Well, with his college eligibility exhausted, Kaminsky was reluctantly entered into the eligibilty for the NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets. Say, Frank, do you have anything to say about the Hornets franchise, which was the Bobcats up until the summer of 2014?
"I am at the pinnacle of my basketball career, at least in my eyes," he wrote. "I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but ... there are games when teams like the Bobcats get hardly any fans, and it looks flat-out boring."
Ooooo, awkward. Well, at least you edited that out of your blog post, so I guess we'll just have to remember that you wrote that originally.
ANYWAY, let's expand that quote out a bit.
I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but if you look at all of their games, there are games when teams get hardly any fans, and it looks flat out boring. At the Kohl Center, we play in front of nearly 17,000 fans every single time we step onto the court. When we travel, we play in front of sell out crowds who absolutely hate us. Not because of who is on the team, but because of where we go to school. Who could leave that?
As I mentioned earlier, last year we pointed out that the wide majority of NBA teams announce attendance numbers for each game that is well above the sellouts that the Badgers announce at the Kohl Center. That's merely the circumstance of more people being willing to pay to watch NBA basketball than pay to watch Wisconsin basketball, though, and as a result, the arenas are generally larger. We also pointed out that a number of Wisconsin's road games do not sell out, regardless of what Kaminsky claims about them.
I thought it would be fun to take a gander to see how things are going in that regard for Frank these days now that he's playing (well, for certain values of playing) for the franchise and fanbase that he badmouthed nearly 20 months ago.
TO THE HORNETS HOME ATTENDANCE NUMBERS!
Oh, no. Oh, no, Frank. That's no good at all. Your home crowds are now smaller than they were with the Badgers and you're nowhere near filling the building unless a good team comes to town! Although y'all drew 94% capacity for the Sixers. THE SIXERS, FRANK. No one wants to watch the Sixers, Frank. Except maybe Jerry Colangelo.
Wait a minute. 17,926 is more people than the number that saw the Badgers night in and night out last year. FRANK. Y'ALL GOT OUTDRAWN BY THE SIXERS, FRANK. And 16,517 on average is roughly 700 people less than the Badgers drew. To draw from a very absurd criticism of last year's post: It's not like Frank would be able to tell the difference between the two crowds from his position on the court.
Well, Frank was kind of right about how many people attend Hornets games, and if you look at it as a percentage of capacity, he's more right than wrong. Credit where credit's due, I guess. He's probably right about the rest of the league, too, right?
TO THE HORNETS ROAD ATTENDANCE NUMBERS!
Oh, no! Frank! YOU WERE WRONG ABOUT THE REST OF THE LEAGUE, FRANK. See, that's what it looks like when you have sold out road crowds.
You know what's weird about this? The Hornets have the second best record in the Eastern Conference and the fourth best record in the NBA right now. It's almost as if people in North Carolina care more about a team that's not the Hornets, which would explain their attendance issues.
Anyway, there you have it. We already knew that Frank Kaminsky didn't have any idea what he was talking about when it came to college basketball attendance data, and now we know that he's clueless about the NBA's attendance issues, too.