Feb 23, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns mascot Gorilla slaps hands with fans against the Houston Rockets during the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns fans: A racial demographic

With the swirling mess surrounding Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers, racial demographics among the entire league throughout each organization have been a popular topic. Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com created a chart demonstrating where each team’s fans are on that spectrum. In terms of whiteness, Phoenix Suns fans tend to be less diverse than average.

In the article, Silver describes his method for determining the numbers, but we are more concerned with the results.


Phoenix Suns fans are estimated to be 49.7 percent White, 23.5 percent Black, 20.7 percent Hispanic and 6.1 percent Asian. Those numbers mean Suns fans are a little less diverse (or more white) than the league average.

Suns fans included the fifth-largest percentage of Hispanic fans in the NBA, only behind the Spurs, Lakers, Clippers, and Rockets. Phoenix Suns happen to be 26th in the league in percentage of black fans, according to the chart, only having more than the Kings, Nuggets, Trailblazers, Jazz, and Timberwolves. In terms of Asian fans, the Suns are 10th, with the Warriors leading the way with 14.5 percent.

While the results aren’t earth shattering and sort of expected, it’s interesting to have actual numbers to estimate the demographics of Phoenix Suns fans as they cheer on their team.

Tags: NBA Phoenix Suns

  • KlausFlouride

    I think Dr King rolls in his grave every time something like this get published.

  • KlausFlouride

    I think Dr King rolls in his grave every time something like this gets published.

  • Milich Kosanovich

    Talking about ethnicity or religion always generates heated discussions. I’m not quite sure why you believe it is interesting to know the exact demographics. That the fans in Utah really don’t care about what Sterling says while the fans in Memphis, Atlanta, Washington, and Charlotte are really upset?

    Unless you work and live in a cave, I think everybody pretty much knew that already. The bigger story is how Sterling’s least offensive rant in thirty-three years has caused more of an uproar than the far more serious racist acts that he had committed in the past. Read Bomani Jones article on ESPN. He nails it beautifully.

  • Claudio

    news! Breaking News! Hispanic is not a race, is a cultural heritage. There are white, native, black and mostly mixed raced Hispanic.

    • Milich Kosanovich

      News! Breaking news! The term race is used to describe the genetically distinct populations within the same species. The word as evolved to conjure up a mixture of associations – culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution.

      Biologists, anthropologists, and other scientists have evolved along with all humans to try and use politically correct terminology to label the differences among humans.

      Humans were originally divided among four classifications; Caucasoid, Mongoloid, Negroid, and Australoid.

      You might take an anthropology class. The real issue is why it is necessary to even classify humans into different “races”. The real irony is that America is made up of the most diverse population in the World yet we lead the World in continually categorizing our citizens into different “races”.

      It is 2014 and every time you apply for a job you are asked to fill out an Equal Employment Opportunity form that actually uses the more politically correct “ethnic origin”. But basically they are asking you what color are you. Hispanics have gone from not being recognized at all to Malayan (the Brown race) to what somebody decided was the least offensive “Hispanic”.