Basketball 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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248 119
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
2
256 137
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 60
Dallas Mavericks
3
157 90
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 70
San Antonio Spurs
4
69 66
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
5
74 80
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
OnurMuzafferSelçuk added age 62
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57 61
Jack Kent Cooke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Jack Kent Cooke Dec. at 85 (1912-1997)
Los Angeles Lakers
7
45 49
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 66
Portland Trailblazers
8
56 64
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 57
Boston Celtics
9
77 94
Micky Arison is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 69
Miami Heat
10
26 25
lebron james is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added lebron james 99

owner of rocket

11
49 60
Lamar Hunt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006)
Chicago Bulls
12
69 89
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 83
Chicago Bulls
13
38 57
Walter Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1917-1956)
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18 26
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
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27 41
Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen
Minneapolis Lakers
16
34 53
Les Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Les Alexander
Houston Rockets
17
3 4
Joseph S. Lacob is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Juanito Cisneros added
18
9 14
Drake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
ndog added age 32
19
8 15
Yong Jin Yit is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
27 47
William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)
Detroit Pistons
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25 45
Harold Katz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Harold Katz
Philadelphia 76ers
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4 10
ifucanseethisthatmeansuarenorm... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
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the owner of nothing

23
12 25
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Memories added age 53
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1 6
Franklin Mieuli is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Juanito Cisneros added Franklin Mieuli Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)
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4 12
Yong Di Lun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added Yong Di Lun Age 666

Boston Celtic owner from 1352