To borrow a line from the Christmas carol “Let It Snow”, the weather outside is indeed frightful. Winter is here, and to escape the elements, you need to find things to do that will preferably keep you out of the cold.
I’ve found a way to do just that. When you check Rukkus NBA tickets, you can find great deals on tickets for all kinds of events. And with the NBA season in full swing, now is a great time to see some of the biggest stars in the league at great prices. I searched through the marketplace and found some incredible deals to see players like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and more for less than $20 a ticket.
Bundle up and take a look at the 5 best NBA players you can see without breaking the bank.
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City travels to Minnesota on Friday, December 12, and you can see Russell Westbrook take on the Timberwolves for just $16.
The Thunder got off to a very slow start this year when they had to start without injured superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Now, both players are back, and the Thunder are back to their winning ways. Durant has needed a little more time to get back to game speed, but Westbrook hit the ground running. He’s topped 21 points and 7 assists in each of his five games back. According to Basketball Reference’s Play Index, the longest such streak of at least 21 points and 7 assists in the last 5 seasons is 9 games by LeBron James (which he did twice). Westbrook needs to keep up this play to help dig the Thunder out of their sub-.500 hole, especially in a stacked Western Conference that features six teams with winning percentages greater than .725.
The Thunder are on their way back to elite status in the Western Conference, and you can see Westbrook take flight against the Timberwolves on December 12 for just $16 a ticket.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally starting to put things together, and you can see star LeBron James take on Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in New Orleans for just $20 a piece.
It looked like the sky was falling in Cleveland for a short while, but just like in his first year with the Miami Heat, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are starting to figure things out. Cleveland has a seven-game winning streak and has climbed to the top of the Central Division. A lot of that has to do with LeBron James starting to take matters into his own hands. While James is still doing his fair share of scoring, his assist numbers this year are what really stand out. Over the win streak, James has averaged 23 points and 8 assists a game. He’s had four double-doubles with more than 10 assists, and on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets, James was tossing some beautiful assists:
Two early MVP candidates will be matched up when James and Anthony Davis square off. You can grab a seat at Smoothie King Center to see these two stars on Friday, December 12 for just $20.
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
When the Grizzlies head to Philadelphia on Saturday, December 13th, to take on the 76ers, you can grab a seat to see one of the most unheralded point guards in the game, Mike Conley, for just $8 a pop.
Mike Conley’s name doesn’t get thrown around in the conversation for top point guards in the NBA, but Memphis’s floor general should warrant consideration. In addition to being one of the more consistent point guards in terms of production, Conley has found ways to improve each and every season. This year, he’s improved his shooting to career-best levels. Conley is currently hitting 47.3% of his field goals and a career high 43.9% of his threes while also getting to the free throw line more than he has in his entire career (4.3 attempts at an 85% clip).
Conley is also making more productive forays into the paint. As one of the quickest players in the league, Conley is getting into the lane more (8.1 drives per game up from 7.5 last season) and is much more effective this season (6.0 PPG on drives, up from 4.8 last year, and 9.9 Team PPG on drives, up from 8.3 last season). Conley’s improvements have helped the Grizzlies start the season 17-4, the second best record in the league. They will try and improve on that Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers, and you can see Conley for only $8 a ticket.
Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat
The Heat travel to Salt Lake City this Friday, December 12, and you can see Dwayne Wade take on the Jazz for just $13 a ticket.
Just like I wrote about Chris Bosh last week, Wade has experienced a bit of a resurgence since LeBron’s departure. Wade is averaging more points (22) and more assists (5.9) this season, and he’s looked extremely healthy so far. Wade doesn’t have James to play off anymore, but he still has Bosh, Luol Deng and a supporting cast full of young, entertaining players. Even in his 12th season, Wade still knows how to get it done, and he should find himself in a great position to succeed against a young Jazz team mired in a losing streak. Fans in Utah only need $13 to get in this Friday, December 12.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
When the Spurs hit the road to take on the Denver Nuggets this Sunday, December 14, you can see star point guard Tony Parker in action for just $15.
For as accomplished a point guard as Tony Parker is, I think he is still criminally underrated among the point guard hierarchy. He doesn’t have as gaudy numbers as the rest of the league’s top numbers, but he doesn’t need to in San Antonio’s balanced, unselfish attack. But even in the Spurs utopian system, Parker manages to stand out. He leads the team in scoring average (16.6) and assists (5.5), and while he does a great job playing within the offense, Parker can take over a game when he needs to. The Warriors found out the hard way about that in November, when Parker scorched them for 28 points and 7 assists.
Not many guards can keep him out of the lane, and Ty Lawson will be tasked with that responsibility on Sunday. You can catch Parker and the rest of the Spurs face the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center for just $15 on December 14.
So to recap the great players you can watch and the fantastic deals you can take advantage of this week:
|Mike Conley||Philadelphia 76ers||$8|
|Dwayne Wade||Utah Jazz||$13|
|Tony Parker||Denver Nuggets||$15|
|Russell Westbrook||Minnesota Timberwolves||$16|
|LeBron James||New Orleans Pelicans||$20|