The NBA continuously gains popularity as more Aussies make their way across the states in hopes of getting drafted. The most recent draftee is Benigo native Dyson Daniels, and preceding him was Josh Giddey. Both stars love the AFL, and most footy fans even have an NBA team they support.
The NBA's history shares a different story as the league learns the ins and outs of the sports business, and only five teams have won more than three championships in its history. It is exceptionally skewed in comparison to the VFL/AFL premiership storyline.
But if you're unsure of which team to support, or are just beginning to take an interest in the NBA, here is part two of our ultimate guide to knowing which NBA team you should support based on your AFL following.
2. Melbourne Demons
Melbourne had been bad for a long time, but in recent years they pulled it together and made something unique and now have a team that will be fighting for greatness for a long time. It is the same for Milwaukee Bucks, but they haven't been as bad for as long.
Both teams won the 2021 title and broke a drought, Melbourne's being slightly longer. These teams have giants of the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo being a literal giant and Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver being stars and soon-to-be legends.
Their success is not just from the individuals; the grit and well-coached teams have brought success and allowed for solid performances in recent years. Both teams almost reached glory before 2021, but it was not meant to be.
The Bucks aren't as old as the Demons, who have been around since the beginning. They were established in 1969 and have been relatively successful with making playoffs but not winning them. They had managed to be successful when Melbourne was in a vast rut, but both teams appear to be on the path to similar future succession.
Their star players are young and have many years to give, which will likely see both respective teams back atop the table in no time.
These teams have their loyal fans since the beginning, and they also have bandwagoners who want to experience that winning feeling. Both franchises wish to have as many supporters as possible.
Giannis has secured back-to-back MVP wins, and Petracca or Oliver would have done the same if they weren't so busy taking votes off each other.
If you wish for success to be in your future ahead and to have a star you can idolise, the Bucks are the team to jump on board. However, just as it is with the Demons, there is a high probability that it may end in tears and flames.