If I had to rank the fans of the four major North American pro sports leagues from most awesome to least awesome—and I don’t—I’d probably put NBA fans at the top of the list.
They’re still not in the same league as college basketball and football fans, who are mostly college students and therefore expected to get drunk and party. And NBA fans also can’t really hold a flame to European and Latin American soccer fans, who are pretty much just insane. But again, among the major prosports leagues in North America, I’d say NBA fans are the top.
Of course, as you probably know, the 2015 NBA Playoffs are chugging along at full speed now. And that means it’s peak season for NBA fanwatching. Which is kind of like birdwatching, only you don’t have to leave your couch, and there’s a lot more dancing.
So sit back, kick off your shoes (unless you’re on a bus, in which case that’s weird), and check out these GIFs of NBA fans at their best…and their worst…which is still pretty entertaining.
No, that's not John Travolta. Just some random Rockets fan doing his thing.
35. Dancing Rockets Guy
Don't take it personally, Joakim. He's just mad he missed the Limp Bizkit concert.
34. Fred Durst/Lakers Fan Gives Joakim the Double Bird
The longer I look at these guys, the more I get the feeling they might be serial killers. So I'm just going to stop looking now.
33. Creepy Knicks Guys
Dear Raptors Bro,
We regret to inform you that your request for a public display of affection has been denied. You did not fill out the requisite in-game smooch authorization forms.
Hot Blonde Girl
32. Raptros Fan Gets Rejected
Haha sad Lakers fans, you have to sit next to this guy.
31. Thunder Caveman Bro
Come on, Cleveland, I know you thought Taj Gibson had kicked your boy Matt Dellavedova. (He really didn't, and Dellavedova was just as guilty as Gibson, but that's another story.) You still shouldn't throw stuff at the guy as he's walking off the court. Grow up already.
30. Cavs Fans No Like Taj Gibson
See, that's better. Why can't all Cavaliers fans be dope like this cat?
29. Dancing Cavs Homie
Almost makes you want to have a kid just so you can bring him to a basketball game and be adorable, doesn't it?
28. Adorable Warriors Kid
Yes, I did put this one and the last one together on purpose. For juxtaposition.
27. Not-Adorable Heat Douche
Let this be a lesson to every sports fan: if you're sitting in the first few rows, always keep your eye on the ball.
26. Head in the Game, Lady
I've seen a lot of internet commentators assume this lady a Celtics fans because she's doing a happy dance, and because the score shows the Celtics are ahead by four with 17 seconds left.
But look closely, everybody. That's a Bulls jersey she has on—a green, sleeved, St. Patrick's Day-edition Joakim Noah Bulls jersey. Not a Celtics jersey.
So this lady isn't a happy Celtics fan. She's an oblivious Bulls fan.
25. What Game Is She Watching?
Hey sure, just help yourself to LeBron's headband, Bulls fan.
24. Headband Larceny
Come on, ref, how you gonna do Spike Lee like that?
23. Spike Can't Believe This Sh*t
I always assumed everyone in Miami was really good at dancing. Maybe I've just listened to too many Pitbull songs.
22. Dancing Heat Idiots
I'm sure there's some logical explanation for this other than this guy just really enjoying LaVoy Allen's natural musk.
21. Creepy LaVoy Allen Fan
This guy is a Cavs fan now.
20. Mr. White Hot
Is this guy doing a Bollywood happy dance?
No really. Is he?
19. Dancing Spurs Fan
This kid is way, way cooler than me.
18. Cool-As-Hell Nets Kid
I don't blame you, kid, but you need to work on being a bit more subtle.
17. Thirsty Hawks Kid
You know how you can tell she's a raptors fan? Because she points to the logo on her jacket!
16. Huge Raptors Fan
Fun fact: 35% of the fans at every Miami Heat home game are attractive Latina women.
15. Typical Heat Fan
LeBron's trying like hell not to look at the sexy Heat fans standing right behind him. But he knows she's there. He sees everything.
14. Oh, He Knows
That's Jeffrey Vanchiro, aka Jeff Gamblero, a professional gambler and graffiti artist (really) and Nets season-ticket holder. He was a fixture Nets games and beloved by Nets fans. The team even flew him to London with the team for a game last year.
13. Gamblero, Nets Superfan
Sadly, Gamblero took his own life back in December, just weeks after famously getting ejected from Madison Square Garden. It's a bizarre and tragic story.
12. Gamblero, Epic Videobomber
Obviously Glen "Big Baby" Davis was distracted by the Knicks fan taunting him with food. He missed the free throw!
11. Epic Taunt
I honestly cannot tell if this lady is happy or angry. Looks like she's having a good time, though.