The New York Knicks went for the home-run swing during the NBA Draft, selecting 19-year-old Latvian Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 overall after he excelled while playing for Baloncesto Sevilla in Spain. The Knicks also did a nice job in acquiring Jerian Grant in a draft day trade, and feel the two pieces will be important pieces in their current rebuilding process that could land them back in the postseason as early as this season.
But the fans following the franchise are understandably antsy after Phil Jackson’s first year running the team churned out the worst record in franchise history. With Carmelo Anthony missing extended time due to injury, Jackson believed hitting rock bottom to swing back upwards was the way to go.
The Knicks are certainly poised to be better than last season’s atrocious 17-65 record. Along with the two draft selections, Kyle O’Quinn, Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez and Derrick Williams were brought in through free agency and trades to boost the overall talent on the roster. With Knicks fans clamoring for a winning product, Knicks tickets on the secondary market will always be highly sought after, and if the team gets off to a hot start, then look out. Although they won’t exactly be the priciest tickets in the NBA, the average ticket price for entrance into Madison Square Garden is always ranked amongst the upper echelon in the league.
With that being said, below are a few of the marquee games of the season in terms of highest average prices, with secondary market ticket information from SeatSmart.com.
3/16/2016 | Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks | Oracle Arena | Average Price: $548.46 | Get-in Price: $74
11/13/2015 | New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Madison Square Garden | Average Price: $423.13 | Get-in Price: $115
3/26/2016 | New York Knicks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Madison Square Garden | Average Price: $414.83 | Get-in Price: $96
11/8/2015 | New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Madison Square Garden | Average Price: $327.05 | Get-in Price: $102
The defending champion Warriors are atop every team’s list for most expensive tickets, as their popularity with league MVP Stephen Curry has skyrocketed with the team’s success. With an average price of $548.46 and a get-in price of $74, the Knicks face the Warriors and Steve Kerr, who chose Golden State over New York when both offers were on the table heading into last season.
Following the Warriors games, home games at Madison Square Garden against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the next two most expensive secondary market average ticket prices. Both games are hovering around the $420 average ticket price mark, while the get-in prices clock in at about $105. With expensive tickets for the games against Cleveland and Los Angeles Lakers, save on Madison Square Garden parking on ParkWhiz.com, which has spots available starting from $10 for both games.