Frank Kaminsky made a name for himself as a leader of the Wisconsin Badgers during their Final Four run.
Next year he’ll still be playing in college, but he’s already taking shots at Charlotte’s NBA franchise.
In a blog post announcing his intent to return to Wisconsin for his senior season, Kaminsky used attendance at Bobcats games as an example why the NBA appears “boring.”
“I know the NBA has their crazy fans and all, but if you look at all of their games, there are games when teams like the Bobcats get hardly any fans, and it looks flat out boring,” Kaminsky wrote on his blog. “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?”
Of the 30 NBA teams, the Bobcats ranked 25th in home attendance in 2014. The team averaged 15,518 people per home game, which was 81.3 percent of capacity. The Hawks, Timberwolves, Bucks, 76ers and Pistons (last) were the only teams with worse attendance than Charlotte.
Time Warner Cable Arena announced sellout crowds in Games 3 and 4 of the Bobcats’ playoff series with the Heat, but Monday’s Game 4 had plenty of splotches of empty seats.
Though Wisconsin’s crowd may be wild, the Badgers’ brand of basketball isn’t, and Kaminsky’s use of the word boring is interesting. Wisconsin has been referred to as “the most boring team in America” by Grantland.com.
According to KenPom.com, Wisconsin has not had an average possession length of less than 20 seconds in a season in the past five seasons. In each of the past five seasons they’ve been in the bottom 15 teams in Division I basketball in that category. And according to sports analytics site Hoganomics, Wisconsin averaged 67 points per game in the past five years.
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