Thunder, Knicks Reportedly Have Top 2nd-Half Median NBA Ticket Price

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2014

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If you're looking to attend an NBA game during the second half of the 2013-14 season, you better save up before even thinking about watching the Oklahoma City Thunder or New York Knicks. 

According to data procured via email from Jonathan Gluskin of, those two teams are charging the highest median ticket prices during the latter portion of the campaign. The Thunder's seats are going for a jaw-dropping $185, while the Knicks are charging $159. 

It's a weird group of two, but I can't say it's all that surprising. 

No player has been more of a must-watch standout than Kevin Durant, and the Thunder are just continuing to roll through the difficult Western Conference. With each win, they're establishing themselves as increasingly dangerous contenders, so it makes sense the median price has risen $15 this season and taken over the No. 1 spot in the rankings. 

As for the Knicks, their prices have actually gone down. 

Feb 22, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) celebrates after shooting a three in the second half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 107-98. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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Carmelo Anthony has enjoyed a nice individual season, but the story in New York has been one revolving around utter failure. The losses keep piling up, and controversy seems to hit the newsstands just as often as reports of a victorious outing.

Despite that, the Knicks still play in New York, which means they're always going to draw a huge crowd into Madison Square Garden. The median ticket price has dropped $41 since the start of the season, and it's still checking in at No. 2. 

Only three other teams are charging triple digits for the median ticket—the Miami Heat ($150), Los Angeles Lakers ($125) and the Phoenix Suns ($110).

Fortunately, though, not everything is expensive. 

The bottom of the barrel is actually quite affordable, with the New Orleans Pelicans charging only $22 in median ticket price during the remaining portion of the season. The penultimate squad in the rankings, the Cleveland Cavaliers, check in at just $25. 

Think about that for a second. 

You could go to seven Cavaliers games and still be spending less than you'd drop on a single visit to OKC's home arena. Talk about a bargain! 

Then again, seeing Durant is worth it. After all, it must be, or else the ticket prices wouldn't be going up for the Thunder throughout the 2013-14 season.