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Top-5 Cities That Deserve an NBA Franchise

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

Population: ~560,000

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With just over half a million people in Albuquerque, this city is slightly smaller than Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has about 60,000 more people than Sacramento. There currently is not a single professional sports team in the state. It also does not feature a prominent college team to back either, other than the University of New Mexico Lobos. With an entire state, diverse population and lack of competition within the state, Albuquerque may be a good spot to put an expansion team. A problem associated with placing a new team in Albuquerque is that it is surrounded by other cities already featuring NBA teams, such as Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Denver, and even San Antonio and Salt Lake City aren’t too far away.

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