NBA The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time  

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The best NBA team owners of all time are the men who currently or formerly own teams in the National Basketball Association and did it the best. Whether these owners helped found many of the top NBA teams, made wise decisions that led to NBA dynasties or just brought their teams back into prominence, all are notable for one reason or another.

After his passing in 2013, Jerry Buss was remembered by fans, fellow league executives, players and the media alike as arguably the best owner in the history of professional basketball. During his time as owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Buss saw his team win 10 league championships plus made a big impact to the community through philanthropic efforts. Today, his family remains as the owners of the team.

Though many will be compared to Buss, that doesn't mean the other owners on this list haven't done great things too. Among the best current NBA owners includes names like Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. Going back into the history books, former Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown, former Detroit Pistons owner William Davidson and former Chicago Bulls owner Lamar Hunt, who also gave great contributions to other sports leagues like the NFL, all come to mind as among the best NBA owners of all time.

So whether these men helped found the teams you love today, were there for the multiple championships or were there to bring in the top NBA players of all time, each has a special place in NBA history for all they did. Have a favorite current or historical NBA team owner? Vote for them below or add them to the list!

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Jerry Buss is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Jerry Buss Died at 80 (1933-2013) - Los Angeles Lakers

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Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Mark Cuban age 59 - Dallas Mavericks

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Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Peter Holt age 69 - San Antonio Spurs

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Larry H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Larry H. Miller Died at 65 (1944-2009) - Utah Jazz

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Micky Arison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Micky Arison age 68 - Miami Heat

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Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
OnurMuzafferSelçuk added Steve Ballmer age 62

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Lamar Hunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Lamar Hunt Died at 74 (1932-2006) - Chicago Bulls

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Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Wyc Grousbeck age 56 - Boston Celtics

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Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Jerry Reinsdorf age 82 - Chicago Bulls

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Jack Kent Cooke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Jack Kent Cooke Died at 85 (1912-1997) - Los Angeles Lakers

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Les Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Les Alexander Houston Rockets

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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Paul Allen age 65 - Portland Trailblazers

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Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
RunningWithScissors added Robert Kraft age 76

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Walter Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Walter Brown Died at 39 (1917-1956)

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William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
William Davidson Died at 87 (1922-2009) - Detroit Pistons

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Harold Katz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Harold Katz Philadelphia 76ers

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Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen Minneapolis Lakers

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Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Richard DeVos age 92 - Orlando Magic

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Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Stan Kroenke age 70 - Denver Nuggets

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Dan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dan Gilbert age 56 - Cleveland Cavaliers

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Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Herb Kohl age 83 - Milwaukee Bucks

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Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Ted Leonsis age 61 - Washington Wizards

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Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Tom Gores age 53 - Detroit Pistons

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George Shinn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
George Shinn age 76 - New Orleans Hornets

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Michael Heisley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Michael Heisley Died at 77 (1937-2014) - Memphis Grizzlies

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James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
James L. Dolan age 62 - New York Knicks

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Donald Sterling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Donald Sterling age 83 - Los Angeles Clippers