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
Dec. at 80 (1933-2013) - Los Angeles Lakers

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203 126
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 59 - Dallas Mavericks

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130 79
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 69 - San Antonio Spurs

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55 51
Larry H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1944-2009) - Utah Jazz

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73 79
Micky Arison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 68 - Miami Heat

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62 65
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
OnurMuzafferSelçuk added age 62

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50 50
Jack Kent Cooke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Jack Kent Cooke Dec. at 85 (1912-1997) - Los Angeles Lakers

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49 52
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 56 - Boston Celtics

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45 47
Lamar Hunt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006) - Chicago Bulls

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63 74
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 82 - Chicago Bulls

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36 42
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 65 - Portland Trailblazers

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10 9
lebron james is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
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owner of rocket

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33 47
Les Alexander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Les Alexander Houston Rockets

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34 51
Walter Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1917-1956)

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5 7
Yong Jin Yit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added Yong Jin Yit 15 -

Owner of Golden State Warrior since 1999

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3 4
Yong Di Lun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added Yong Di Lun Age 666 -

Boston Celtic owner from 1352

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23 38
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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6 11
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time

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2 6
ifucanseethisthatmeansuarenorm... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
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the owner of nothing

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0 3
Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
ndog added age 31

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7 15
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Memories added age 52

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22 41
Harold Katz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Harold Katz Philadelphia 76ers

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23 44
William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009) - Detroit Pistons

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12 25
Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
RunningWithScissors added age 76

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22 44
Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 92 - Orlando Magic

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17 43
Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 83 - Milwaukee Bucks

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18 45
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 53 - Detroit Pistons

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18 46
Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 70 - Denver Nuggets

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16 43
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 61 - Washington Wizards

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16 45
George Shinn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 76 - New Orleans Hornets

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35 86
Dan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 56 - Cleveland Cavaliers

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13 46
Michael Heisley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1937-2014) - Memphis Grizzlies

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22 73
James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 62 - New York Knicks

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26 95
Donald Sterling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 83 - Los Angeles Clippers