Three Types of NBA Fans: Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets
Early this week, the NBA announced its plans of purchasing the New Orleans Hornets from current owner George Shinn. This is not all that surprising considering it appears that the New Orleans Hornets lack a passionate fan base. It is possible that New Orleans is more of a football city than a basketball city because New Orleans Saints have some of the best fans in the NFL. The Saints are ranked 6th in our NFL Ticket Prices & Rankings with an average ticket price of 191.77 over the last week. This news has prompted us to take a look at the various types of fans in the NBA.
New Orleans Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets are currently tied for 8th in the NBA by win percentage but they are ranked 24th in our NBA Ticket Prices & Rankings with an average ticket price of $46.91 over the last week. The Hornets got off to a great start this year with an 8-1 record out of the gate but have since struggled a bit and are currently 13-7. In the very beginning of the season, when the Hornets’ were on fire, fans didn’t dig much deeper into their pockets to attend games at the New Orleans Arena.
The Houston Rockets are currently tied for 17th in the NBA by win percentage but they are ranked 3rd in our NBA Ticket Prices & Rankings with an average ticket price of $101.79 over the last week. The Rockets were a bit shaky coming out of the gates this year starting off with 3-7 record. Since November 24th, the Rockets are 5-3 and have racked up a few big wins including a 109-99 victory over the LA Lakers. Unlike the New Orleans Hornets fans, Rockets fans were ready to pay up to support their team once the Rockets got on a bit of a roll. As long as the Rockets are playing well, their fans don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks to show their support.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently tied for 5th in the NBA by win percentage and they are ranked 1st in our NBA Ticket Prices & Rankings with an average ticket price of $150.41 over the last week. The Lakers started out the season with a 10-2 record but had a few hiccups with a recent 4 game losing streak. The interesting thing about this four game losing streak is that Lakers ticket prices haven’t really seen much of a decline and the average price of a Lakers ticket has been hovering above $150 for around one month. It appears as if Lakers fans are willing to dig deep into their pockets to support their team even when the team hits a rough patch.
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