Twitter Data Shows Los Angeles Lakers As Most-Hated NBA Team in America. What Other Teams Made the List?

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New map based on Twitter data shows LA Lakers as most hated NBA team in country Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty

A new map based on geotagged Twitter data shows the NBA's most-hated teams across the country, with the Los Angeles Lakers leading the charge.

Sportsinsider.com gathered the data to create that map by compiling over 100,000 tweets that included phrases such as "hate" and a specific NBA team name. The Lakers were the most-hated team in 34 different states. The Golden State Warriors placed second, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets.

The map has changed immensely from last season, where the Warriors were the most-hated team in 26 different states. The Lakers were second in the 2018 NBA hated teams map, but an off-season acquisition of All-Star forward Anthony Davis may have boosted the team to the most hated in 2019.

The 2018 map was created by ZCodeSystem.com but used the same process of obtaining information. According to SFgate.com, a query was done in each state searching for phrases such as "I hate (insert team)" as well as other "negative phrases" aimed at specific teams or players.

Despite the fact that the Warriors lost their best player in Kevin Durant to free agency and have been plagued by injuries to start the 2019 season, they are still the second most-hated team in the country. Their three titles in the past five years may have played a part in the amount of hate they receive.

After the Clippers acquired reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and All-Star wing Paul George, many thought that they would become the new favorite team in Los Angeles, but the map shows different. The Lakers may be the most-hated across the country, but they are still the favorite in their hometown, which is shown to hate the Clippers the most.

One interesting aspect of the map is that it does not include any Eastern Conference teams. The Western Conference has been dominant in the past few years with a 4-2 finals record in the past six years. The Boston Celtics, who did not live up to expectations after adding stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, were the only team from the East on the 2018 map.

The map also does not include any data from Canada, which is home to the 2018 NBA champion Toronto Raptors. "The Champions don't even get a spot on the map. You're missing about 32 million votes #WeTheNorth," said Twitter user Lexicon Don.

Some other fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the most-hated teams map.

"The most hated NBA team in California is the LA Clippers...who plays in Los Angeles...which is located in California," Rudie Obias tweeted.

"Being a @Suns fan, I promise you, the Clippers aren't the most hated team in Arizona. That honor would go to either the Spurs or the Lakers," user dbackspat tweeted.

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