The NBA has never been stocked with as much talent and athletic ability as it has now. Players such as Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LeBron James, and Stepen Curry are among the best players of all time, and teams such as the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are packed with star power. Because of that star power, tickets to their games are expensive. What about the other side of the league, though? Here are the five teams with the cheapest tickets in the NBA (based on average secondary market price).
5. Minnesota Timberwolves — $107
With the 15th-biggest market in sports and a team finding itself currently out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference, the T-Wolves come in at number five on the list.
Despite having some of the cheapest tickets in the NBA, there are several reasons to watch this team. They have a young star in Karl-Anthony Towns and the resurgent Derrick Rose, giving their fan base optimism for the future.
4. Memphis Grizzlies — $104
Memphis is No. 51 in
As the Grizzlies struggle, there’s no question they’re experiencing one of their most difficult seasons in franchise history. Earlier this season, they lost by 61 points to the struggling Charlotte Hornets.
One positive for Grizzlies fans to consider about having some of the cheapest tickets in the NBA? Their arena, FedEx Forum, provides one of the best fan experiences in the league. According to fans, every seat in the arena features a perfect view of the action.
3. Indiana Pacers — $102
When factoring in team performance, this may be one of the best-valued tickets in the NBA. The Pacers are currently third in the Eastern Conference despite a season-ending injury to guard Victor Oladipo. While media and fans pay more attention to teams like the Bucks, Raptors, and Celtics in the East, the Pacers find themselves in the middle of the playoff hunt with a talented, competitive roster.
2. New Orleans Pelicans — $91
New Orleans is a relatively small market team — No. 50 nationally in market size, just ahead of Memphis. While they’re coming off a playoff push last season, this year hasn’t been easy for the Pelicans.
First, center DeMarcus Cousins left for the Golden State Warriors in free agency. Then, franchise player and All-Star Anthony Davis announced he would not re-sign with the team and requested a trade in February. The team has struggled this year, so it’s no surprise New Orleans has some of the cheapest tickets in the NBA.
But the team isn’t without hope on the horizon. Davis is sure to net plenty of assets when he’s inevitably traded this offseason. They also have several talented young players on the rise, including Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle. If the team manages the Davis trade well and develops the talent it already has in place, this low-priced ticket may appear to be even more of a bargain in the years to come.
1. Charlotte Hornets — $89
Charlotte is the nation’s 23rd-largest market, putting it near the middle of metropolitan areas with sports franchises. The Hornets are not having a great 2018-19 season, but they do have one major reason to watch — star guard Kemba Walker. Walker’s averaging 24.9 points per game this season.
The franchise has a big decision to make as Walker enters free agency — and if he opts to leave, it may not even be their decision to make. If the team loses its biggest star and enters yet another rebuilding phase, that already low average ticket price may drop even further as the team replenishes its draft picks and looks to the future.