Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Most Shots Taken in NBA History (Regular Season)

Will Kobe Bryant Wind Up Taking The Most Shots In NBA History? It's Possible.

Will Kobe Bryant Wind Up Taking The Most Shots In NBA History? It’s Possible.

Only two players in NBA history have hoisted up over 25,000 shots: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Michael Jordan, active Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and, a bit of a surprise, Elvin Hayes, round out the top five – all (and the only other cagers) with over 24,000 field goal attempts.

It all depends on his health, but Bryant should surpass Jordan and Malone. Kobe has another two years inked after 2013-14 and has thrown up the rock at least 1,500 times in a season 10 times.

It is conceivable, though unlikely, that Bryant could become the all-time field-goal attempt leader, too, if he plays on after this contract. He’ll be 38 at the start of 2016-17. Let’s see how it all plays out, but first Kobe needs to get back on the court.

PLAYER FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 28,307
2. Karl Malone 26,210
3. Michael Jordan 24,537
4. Kobe Bryant* 24,374
5. Elvin Hayes 24,272
6. John Havlicek 23,930
7. Wilt Chamberlain 23,497
8. Dominique Wilkins 21,589
9. Alex English 21,036
10. Hakeem Olajuwon 20,991
11. Kevin Garnett* 20,700
12. Elgin Baylor 20,171
13. Allen Iverson 19,906
14. Oscar Robertson 19,620
15. Shaquille O’Neal 19,457
16. Dirk Nowitzki 19,372
17. Patrick Ewing 19,241
18. Moses Malone 19,225
19. Jerry West 19,032
20. Tim Duncan* 18,825

* Active as of 2013-14 season

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The NHL’s Most Expensive Tickets and Fan Cost Indices (2013-14)

The Priciest NHL Ticket In Town Belongs To The Toronto Maple Leafs

The Priciest NHL Ticket In Town Belongs To The Toronto Maple Leafs

Yesterday, Sports List of the Day looked at the NBA‘s average ticket prices and fan cost indices by team. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers – the most valuable and most popular pro basketball teams – topped both lists.

Today, let’s look at the NHL cost breakdown.

It’s the Canadian teams – hockey is Canada’s game, after all (it was invented there) – that boast the most expensive average tickets. The five most expensive, in fact, are all sold in Canada. There are only seven Canadian teams in the whole NHL, and five of them make up the top five.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lead the pack, the only team with an average ticket price over $100. The Leafs also sport a big-time $616 fan cost index (definition here). No other team is over $500.

New York Rangers‘ fans pay more for their team’s tix than other Americans – an average just a shade under $75. For the prototypical family of four, though, the Boston Bruins will set you back the most.

2013-14 AVERAGE TICKET PRICE BY TEAM

  TEAM AVERAGE TICKET PRICE (US$)
1. Toronto Maple Leafs  122.20
2. Vancouver Canucks  91.45
3. Winnipeg Jets  81.49
4. Montreal Canadiens  77.14
5. Edmonton Oilers  75.94
6. New York Rangers  74.89
7. Boston Bruins  73.91
8. Chicago Blackhawks  72.95
9. Philadelphia Flyers  71.59
10. Pittsburgh Penguins  70.52
11. New York Islanders  67.25
12. Washington Capitals  66.37
13. Minnesota Wild  65.39
14. Calgary Flames  64.86
15. Detroit Red Wings  64.46
16. Los Angeles Kings  62.75
  NHL AVG 61.62
17. Nashville Predators  56.43
18. San Jose Sharks  53.71
19. Carolina Hurricanes  53.03
20. St. Louis Blues  49.14
21. Buffalo Sabres  47.94
22. New Jersey Devils  47.71
23. Columbus Blue Jackets  47.06
24. Phoenix Coyotes  43.83
25. Ottawa Senators  43.51
26. Anaheim Ducks  42.24
27. Tampa Bay Lightning  42.23
28. Florida Panthers  40.85
29. Colorado Avalanche  40.62
30. Dallas Stars  37.28

2013-14 AVERAGE FAN COST INDEX BY TEAM

  TEAM FAN COST INDEX (US$)
1. Toronto Maple Leafs  615.62
2. Vancouver Canucks  479.53
3. Boston Bruins  444.13
4. New York Rangers  443.06
5. Chicago Blackhawks  437.80
6. Montreal Canadiens  431.34
7. Winnipeg Jets  419.04
8. Washington Capitals  393.48
9. Edmonton Oilers  389.64
10. Los Angeles Kings  382.00
11. New York Islanders  381.00
12. Pittsburgh Penguins  378.07
13. Minnesota Wild  376.55
14. Philadelphia Flyers  367.49
15. Calgary Flames  366.85
16. Detroit Red Wings  365.86
  NHL AVG 359.17
17. San Jose Sharks  340.32
18. Nashville Predators  320.23
19. New Jersey Devils  313.85
20. St. Louis Blues  308.55
21. Carolina Hurricanes  303.63
22. Buffalo Sabres  293.76
23. Florida Panthers  285.42
24. Anaheim Ducks  284.96
25. Phoenix Coyotes  281.32
26. Columbus Blue Jackets  281.24
27. Tampa Bay Lightning  267.92
28. Colorado Avalanche  266.99
29. Dallas Stars  263.11
30. Ottawa Senators  259.92

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The NBA’s Most Expensive Tickets and Fan Cost Indices (2013-14)

The Most Expensive House In The NBA, Madison Square Garden

The Most Expensive House In The NBA, Madison Square Garden

Forbes Magazine just came out with a look at the NBA‘s most expensive tickets on the secondary market heading into the final 25 games or so. The Oklahoma City Thunder, actually, top the list with a $185 “median [ticket] price for remaining games.”

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are not far behind, of course ($159 / 2nd and $125 / 4th, respectively), with the Miami Heat (3rd) and – what’s this? – the Phoenix Suns rounding out the top five most expensive tickets at the moment. Check out current average secondary prices for all 30 teams here.

But what about the primary, “official” market – the ticket cover price?

Here it is, as usual, the Knicks and Lakers on top, one-two. They’re the only teams in the NBA with an average ticket price over 100 bucks.

One can probably check out at least half the home games in Charlotte and New Orleans. The Bobcats and Pelicans boast average ticket prices on the other end of the spectrum – less than 30 dollars apiece.

The Knicks and Lakers are also tops in fan cost index – the cost of four average-price tickets (two adult and two child), “four small soft drinks, two small beers, four hot dogs, two programs, parking and two adult-size caps.” These are whopping numbers: more than half a grand for both teams.

It will cost a family of four purchasing tickets and such amenities above at least $300 in more than half the NBA’s arenas.

The ranks between tickets prices and FCI don’t exactly match up, reflecting a higher amenity (non-ticket) proportional cost for some teams once you get past the top seven.

Thanks to the Chicago Sun Times for the source data.

2013-14 AVERAGE TICKET PRICE BY TEAM

  TEAM AVERAGE TICKET PRICE (US$)
1. New York Knicks 129.38
2. Los Angeles Lakers 102.25
3. Miami Heat 78.30
4. Chicago Bulls 77.65
5. Boston Celtics 72.64
6. Los Angeles Clippers 65.55
7. Brooklyn Nets 60.50
8. San Antonio Spurs 57.25
9. Phoenix Suns 57.23
10. Houston Rockets 57.15
11. Denver Nuggets 53.15
  NBA AVG. 52.50
12. Dallas Mavericks 51.80
13. Oklahoma City Thunder 51.35
14. Portland Trail Blazers 51.30
15. Toronto Raptors 48.70
16. Milwaukee Bucks 47.70
17. Utah Jazz 44.50
18. Golden State Warriors 44.27
19. Sacramento Kings 43.32
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 43.31
21. Detroit Pistons 40.10
22. Orlando Magic 39.40
23. Philadelphia 76ers 39.25
24. Minnesota Timberwolves 35.50
25. Atlanta Hawks 35.26
26. Indiana Pacers 31.62
27. Washington Wizards 30.31
28. Memphis Grizzlies 30.04
29. Charlotte Bobcats 29.27
30. New Orleans Pelicans 26.87

2013-14 AVERAGE FAN COST INDEX BY TEAM

  TEAM FAN COST INDEX (US$)
1. New York Knicks 659.92
2. Los Angeles Lakers 542.00
3. Miami Heat 472.20
4. Chicago Bulls 456.60
5. Boston Celtics 434.96
6. Los Angeles Clippers 395.20
7. Brooklyn Nets 382.00
8. Phoenix Suns 344.92
9. San Antonio Spurs 339.00
10. Houston Rockets 336.06
  NBA AVG. 326.60
11. Golden State Warriors 324.08
12. Toronto Raptors 321.63
13. Dallas Mavericks 321.18
14. Denver Nuggets 319.10
15. Milwaukee Bucks 309.30
16. Portland Trail Blazers 308.18
17. Oklahoma City Thunder 295.40
18. Utah Jazz 280.98
19. Minnesota Timberwolves 273.98
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 271.74
21. Sacramento Kings 268.28
22. Philadelphia 76ers 266.40
23. Orlando Magic 263.10
24. Detroit Pistons 262.40
25. Washington Wizards 249.22
26. Atlanta Hawks 240.04
27. Indiana Pacers 227.36
28. Memphis Grizzlies 212.16
29. New Orleans Pelicans 208.48
30. Charlotte Bobcats 203.06

Photo: Joe DeLessio via nymag.com

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