Basketball Madness

Dallas scores as one of America's best cities for basketball fans

Dallas scores as one of America's best cities for basketball fans

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas is up there for basketball fans. Dallas Mavericks/Facebook

Spurred on by March Madness, WalletHub recently identified the best U.S. cities for basketball fans, and Dallas ranks a solid No. 20. Not a bad showing considering the finance site ranked 297 cities overall. Plus, we're up 15 spots from last year.

The cities were judged on 18 factors, including number of NBA and NCAA Division 1 teams and their performance levels, fan engagement, access to sports bars, and more.

Local basketball fans have reasons to be proud. To start, the Mavs have the highest attendance among all NBA teams, keeping the AAC 104 percent full during home games. Also, Dallas is considered the seventh most valuable franchise in the NBA, worth a whopping $1.4 billion.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dallas doesn't score so hot on the college front.

Dallas ranks third in Texas for b-ball fans. San Antonio, home of the Spurs, really shows the love and gets rewarded with a No. 3 ranking. At No. 16, Houston barely edges past Dallas.

Los Angeles and Boston rank Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.