Lots of sports fans have a passion for the NBA, and without a doubt, an NBA game provides an in-house experience like no other. The extraordinary sights and sounds of the high-speed action in a game tends to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime as the talented players and coaches along with the fine hospitality spaces and premier dining establishments assist in the luxury experience for the average sports fan.
However, not every sports fan will get the chance to experience the high life at an NBA game in their lifetime. I hate to spew out negative words, but unless if your income is at least middle class, you're probably not going to achieve the courtside seats and all that good stuff. Well, maybe, if you become the partner or spouse of a wealthy man or woman, like, say, an athlete, CEO, or celebrity.
Anyhow, I'm not trying to discourage you on your dreams of purchasing a courtside seat for an NBA game, as anything could happen and there are some NBA teams whose courtside seats are affordable for the average Joe or Jane who's working a regular, nine to five job that doesn't pay out a six figures type of income on an annual basis. As you may already know, the Golden State Warriors' courtside seats at Oracle Arena are worth a ton of money, but the teams who haven't been doing well in recent years like the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are more reasonable in their respective arenas.
Without further ado, here's how much a courtside seat costs in every NBA arena.
30 Atlanta Hawks (Phillips Arena) - $450
The Atlanta Hawks had a bad season in 2017-18, and as of right now, they've been having a fascinating offseason in hopes of recapturing its once-rabid fanbase. But it's too early to tell how the Hawks' 2018-19 season will pan out, so let's save the progress talk for another time.
A courtside seat at a Hawks' home game at Philips Arena would cost just $450. So if the Hawks want to earn more money, they'd have to put the pedal to the metal come playoff time.
29 Boston Celtics (TD Garden) - $1,200
According to NBC Sports, the Las Vegas Superbook recently released their projected win totals for the 2018-19 season and Boston Celtics fans were happy to see their team with a better record this year at 57.5.
There's a chance for the Celtics to keep on improving, and this increase may spark an rise in the courtside seat ticket costs in the near future.
But, as of right now, a courtside seat at a Celtics' home game at TD Garden will cost a Celtics fan at least $1,200.
28 Brooklyn Nets (Barclays Center) - $475 to $1,250+
It's obvious the Brooklyn Nets have an offensive scheme, but it may not be the right one. The Nets apparently like to shoot three-pointers, but the problem is...they stink at shooting threes. So it's safe to say the Nets are a high-volume, low-efficient shooting team from the outside.
Anyway, a courtside seat at a Nets home game at Barclays Center could cost anywhere from $475 to $1,250+. It all depends where you want to sit. In this case, there might be two choices of "Hollywood A" and "Hollywood B" when you call for more information.
27 Charlotte Hornets (Spectrum Center) - $1,480
The Charlotte Hornets haven't been one of the hottest NBA teams in quite a while, but they're currently buzzing about plans to celebrate their 30th anniversary in the 2018-19 season. And what better way to celebrate than an optional honoring of the Hornets' inaugural 1988-89 season this year?
Moreover, a courtside seat at a Hornets home game at the Spectrum Center will be around $1,480. Go get your tickets early, as they can increase in the next couple of years, depending on the Hornets' level of progress. We'll see what happens.
26 Chicago Bulls (United Center) -$1,000
According to FanSided's Pippen Ain't Easy, the Las Vegas Superbook is seriously underestimating the Chicago Bulls, who play their home games at the United Center. Not only that, the good old Superbook may be wrong as Bulls rookie Lauri Markannen has recently talked about getting yoked and you can see Markannen put in the necessary work to bulk up and add strength to the court.
The Bulls haven't provided much excitement to their fanbase in quite a while.
Anyway, a courtside seat at a Bulls home game at the United Center would cost at least $1,000, despite their mediocre last couple of years.
25 Cleveland Cavaliers (Quicken Loans Arena) - $2,500
Can you believe the Cleveland Cavaliers' courtside seats at Quicken Loans Arena once costed anywhere between $150 and $500+? Yeah, that's right!
But you should already know the Cavs' success has increased significantly in recent years. Cleveland faced Golden State in the last four NBA Finals and came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the 2016 NBA Finals in epic fashion.
That being said, Cleveland's courtside seats at the Q were going as high as $2,500 apiece last year. Oh and C-list or lower celebrities can probably afford them too. With LeBron now out of Cleveland, the price is expected to drop significantly in upcoming seasons.
24 Dallas Mavericks - $200
If you're more of a frugal fan, then a courtside seat at a Dallas Mavericks home game at the AA Center might do the trick.
The Mavs are currently figuring out who's going to make the regular season roster for 2018-19, and while I don't have the exact answers just yet, a courtside seat at a Mavs home game will cost a mere $200 apiece.
If you were to try and pick a good arena for a bargain it'd be the Mavs right now, as this is pretty cheap and this coming season, you'd get to see Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan taking the court every night.
23 Denver Nuggets (Pepsi Center) - $475
Let's face it, Denver Nuggets fans should have realistic expectations of their team for the 2018-19 season.
Lots of NBA teams have made moves in free agency and this includes the Nuggets, who made a few splashes of their own.
We'll let you know how the Nuggets do, but in the meantime, a courtside seat at a Nuggets home game at the Pepsi Center would cost you around $475. Not too shabby for the average fans out there.
22 Detroit Pistons (Little Caesars Arena) - $395 to $720
ESPN's Kevin Pelton recently projected the Detroit Pistons will close out the 2018-19 season with 39.4 wins for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. While Pelton's outlook may be good enough for the final spot in the East, it's still not satisfying for the typical Pistons fan whose team went 39-43 last season, which is a pretty big failure regardless of the current predictions.
Anyway, a courtside seat at a Pistons home game at the Little Caesars Arena would cost anywhere from $395 to $720. Not a whole lot of information has been released on the Pistons' costs, so yeah.
21 Golden State Warriors (Oracle Arena) - $1,300
Oakland, Calif. may not be an atypical tourist destination, but in recent years, Los Angeles-based celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, etc. have been flocking to Oakland for the NBA Finals.
That being said, a courtside seat at a Warriors home game at Oracle Arena cost at least $1,300. To be completely, it really depends on where you sit, so you might want to take a look at all the different seats the Oracle has to offer for its tech savvy fans in the Silicon Valley.
20 Houston Rockets (Toyota Center) - $1,095+
If anyone's got courtside tickets to watch Houston Rockets star James Harden ball out on the home court at the Toyota Center, you deserve a holler because you're one of those lucky guys and gals, even if you're just pulling for the Rockets because you live in H-Town and your partner or spouse plays for a Houston-based team.
The Rockets are one of the few teams in the Western Conference that could challenge the Golden State Warriors, so it's not surprising that prices for courtside seats have soared in recent years.
As of right now, a courtside seat for a Rockets home game at the Toyota Center costs at least $1,095.
19 Indiana Pacers (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) - $600
The Indiana Pacers' offseason moves have gotten favorable marks, but there's still plenty of days away until the start of the 2018-19 to see which NBA teams will be hot and which ones will cool off.
Anyway, the Pacers play in Indianapolis, Ind., which isn't known for being an expensive city to live and work in. There hasn't been much public information released on the Pacers' costs, but a courtside seat at a Pacers home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse would cost around $600. Pretty good deal, if you ask me.
18 Los Angeles Clippers (Staples Center) - $1,000 to $3,000
The Los Angeles Clippers may share the same arena with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center, but being a Clippers fan isn't easy. The Lakers-Clippers 'rivalry' is sort of like the Knicks-Nets rivalry.
The Clippers aren't the main LA team, but despite the discouraging truth, a courtside seat at a Clippers home game at the Staples Center ranges anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. And, of course, the latter asking price is when the Clippers play the Lakers on home court.
17 Los Angeles Lakers (Staples Center) - $1,785+
If you're on the floor at a Los Angeles Lakers home game at the Staples Center, I have two questions for you: (1) Can I have your autograph? and (2) Can I have a loan?
Regardless of what field you work in, you should be able to spot celebrities and billionaires at Lakers home games because they likely have "Hollywood" or "tycoon" written all over them.
I mean, a courtside seat at a Lakers home game would cost at least $1,785! That ought to tell you what the stars prefer to watch in L.A.
16 Memphis Grizzlies (FedEx Forum): $735
So the Las Vegas Superbook recently projected the Memphis Grizzlies to finish the 2018-19 season in a tie for 12th place in the Western Conference. Moreover, the Superbook pegged the Grizzlies at only 34.5 wins for this coming season.
The Superbook may be right, but let's talk about courtside seats at Grizzlies home games at the FedEx Forum. The Grizz may not be one of the most talked about teams in the NBA, but a courtside seat at a Grizz home game at the FedEx Forum would cost fans at least $735.
15 Miami Heat: $900
If you're a Miami Heat fan, then this may be the right time to start trusting the Heat's president Pat Riley again.
There have been countless times where Heat fans have scratched their heads trying to figure out Riley's intentions for the future of the team.
Anxiety shouldn't dictate future Heat moves, and while the Heat's offseason remains up in the air, I can reassure you a courtside seat at a Heat home game in South Beach would fit into the price range of $900+ at the moment.
14 Milwaukee Bucks (Fiserv Forum) - $1,350
The Giannis Antetokounmpo era in the Milwaukee Bucks' organization is just getting started. As you may already know, the Bucks play their home games at Fiserv Forum and the team has an adorable mascot named Bango, whose name was initially coined by the Bucks' longtime play-by-play announcer Eddie Doucette. Doucette used the word "Bango" whenever a Bucks player connected on a long-range bucket on the court.
Although the Bucks haven't won an NBA championship since 1971, a courtside seat at a Bucks home game at the Fiserv Forum would cost at least $1,350.
13 Minnesota Timberwolves (Target Center) - $1,000+
Let's be clear, Minnesota Timberwolves fans shouldn't expect too much from their team for the 2018-19 season unless if they're referring to the prices of courtside seats at T-Wolves' home games at the Target Center.
To be fair, you can shell out hundreds of dollars at T-Wolves games if you'd like to support the NBA's first ever green roof. It's cool if you do, but it's also cool if you could care less. Not everyone is an environmentalist. Anyway, a courtside seat at a T-Wolves home game at the Target Center would cost at least $1,000.
12 New Orleans Pelicans (Smoothie King Center) - $1,235
StubHub recently partnered with the New Orleans Pelicans and SeatGeek to provide Pelicans fans with an improved buying experience.
In my opinion, the idea of ticket integration is a good one, but it's not going to help fans find cheaper courtside tickets for the 2018-19 season.
A courtside seat at a Pelicans home game at the Smoothie King Center currently costs at least $1,235 and that's not including taxes. And, of course, the miscellaneous fees that all add up while you're enjoying a Pelicans game.
11 New York Knicks (Madison Square Garden): $2,500 to $3,600
The New York Knicks may be a team that's mired in mediocrity, but because of the city they play their games in and the iconic venue they have, getting a ticket to a Knicks game at courtside remains a pipe dream for the average fan.
The Knicks play their home games at Madison Square Garden. A courtside seat at a Knicks home game at MSG would cost anywhere between $2,500 and $3,600, but it'd be worthwhile, especially if you're into pop culture since a lot of celebrities hang out at MSG.
10 Oklahoma City Thunder (Chesapeake Energy Arena) - $1,450+
As a plethora of summer moves are coming to a conclusion, NBA writer David Aldridge declared the Oklahoma City Thunder winners of the 2018 offseason. I'm not saying the Thunder won't stand a chance in the 2019 playoffs, but it may be a strenuous stretch to top more consistent teams like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
Though, Oklahoma City will likely keep up the good work, and as of right now, a courtside seat for a Thunder home game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena would cost at least $1,450.
9 Orlando Magic (Amway Center) - $1,300
The Orlando Magic recently unveiled their 30th anniversary throwback jersey and logo. I'm pretty sure the Magic fans and Florida-based sports fans in general are thrilled to see these jerseys and logos and perhaps even snag one of these collectible items for their sports memorabilia collections.
The Magic, however, have a lot to prove in the 2018-19 season.
But if you're in town and want to check out a Magic home game at the Amway Center, you could snag a courtside seat for $1,300 if you could.
8 Philadelphia 76ers (Wells Fargo Center) - $1,300
The Philadelphia 76ers are a NBA team that has had a brutal stretch, but they appear to be walking on the right path. Moreover, the 76ers have raised their ticket prices, after just one good season, in comparison to a decade of putrid basketball.
A courtside seat at a 76ers home game at the Wells Fargo would cost a 76ers fan $1,300 more or less.
The 76ers are moving in the right direction and the prices of these courtside tickets will increase in the near future if the positive signs keep on coming.
7 Phoenix Suns (Talking Stick Resort Arena) - $400
By now, you should already be aware the Phoenix Suns are one of the biggest cellar-dwellers in modern NBA records. And the Suns' ticket prices reflect their often mediocre records in the regular seasons.
Not much information has been released when it comes to the Suns' ticket prices for home games played at the Talking Stick Resort Arena this coming season, but it looks like a courtside seat would cost around $400. Not too shabby, especially if you're living on a rather tight budget.
6 Portland Trail Blazers (Moda Center) - $780+
The Portland Trail Blazers are arguably an underrated team as they usually don't get the recognition they should deserve. As of right now, Portland is likely going to keep Damian Lillard, who's a Weber State alum and Oakland, Calif. native, as well as stay the course with C.J. McCollum, a Lehigh University alum and Canton, Ohio native.
As you might've guessed, there's not a whole lot of hoopla surrounding the Trail Blazers, but a courtside seat for a Blazers home game at the Moda Center would cost a fan around $780.
5 Sacramento Kings (Golden 1 Center) - $1,170+
If you want to watch the subpar Sacramento Kings in action at the new Golden 1 Center, you may have to work a few more weeks to make your goal a reality. Why's that? The Golden 1 Center is a renowned, fresh area in Sacramento, Calif.
The Kings' courtside seats are located in what's described as "Kings Row."
That being said, a courtside seat at a Kings home game at Golden 1 Center would cost at least $1,170, which might empty out your bank account. Just saying.
4 San Antonio Spurs (AT&T Center) - $550 to $1,000
Remember the Alamodome? That's where the San Antonio Spurs got their honorable dynasty really revved up. The Spurs won their first NBA championship there, too.
By the way, the Spurs play their home games at the AT&T Center now. And, guess what? I'd actually be willing to spend tons of cash to watch the Spurs courtside.
A Spurs' courtside seat at the AT&T Center would cost anywhere from $550 to $1,000. Sometimes, they might be higher or lower than those amounts I've just mentioned.
3 Toronto Raptors (Scotiabank Arena) - $500 to $1,600
The Toronto Raptors may be in the Great White North, but if you're open-minded enough, feel free to book a trip to visit our neighbors to the north.
Plus, if you're a fan of hip-hop music, you might see Drake at a Raptors game at the Scotiabank Arena.
Anyway, a courtside seat for a Raptors home game at the Scotiabank Arena would cost a fan anywhere from $500 to $1,600. It sort of depends on who the Raptors will be playing that day, too.
2 Utah Jazz (Vivint Smart Home Arena) - $1,300
Take note on the Utah Jazz's courtside ticket prices at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, y'all.
Utah is far from a tourist hotspot, but if you're a big fan of basketball, you might want to stop by the Vivint Smart Home Arena to check out a Jazz home game. But a courtside seat at a Jazz game would cost around $1,300, so if you'd describe yourself as a blue-collar worker, you gotta put in more work to pay off the ticket(s).
1 Washington Wizards (Capital One Arena) - $1,280
Last but not least, the Washington Wizards have some big names such as John Wall, Bradley Beal, and now, Dwight Howard. However, Washington will see a decrease in nationally televised games in the 2018-19 season, so they'll have fewer chances to appeal to the mainstream audiences for now.
Anyway, a courtside seat at a Wizards home game at the Capital One Arena would cost $1,280 and maybe even more than that. The Wizards will be hoping to give their fans their money's worth after an interesting offseason.