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The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time 

Ranker NBA
Updated June 14, 2019 4.3k votes 885 voters 11.5k views 32 items

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) from Salt Lake City, Utah
Los Angeles Lakers
2
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 60 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Dallas Mavericks
3
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 70 from Peoria, Illinois
San Antonio Spurs
4
Larry H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Larry H. Miller Dec. at 65 (1944-2009) from Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah Jazz
5
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
OnurMuzafferSelçuk added Age 62 from Detroit, Michigan
6
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 66 from Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Portland Trailblazers
7
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 57 from Worcester, Massachusetts
Boston Celtics
8
Micky Arison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 69 from Tel Aviv, Israel
Miami Heat
9
Jack Kent Cooke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1912-1997) from Hamilton, Canada
Los Angeles Lakers
10
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 83 from New York City, New York
Chicago Bulls
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Lamar Hunt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 74 (1932-2006) from El Dorado, Arkansas, United States of America
Chicago Bulls
12
Joseph S. Lacob is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Juanito Cisneros added
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Walter Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1917-1956) from Dallas, Texas
14
Ben Berger and Morris Ch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen
Minneapolis Lakers
15
William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009) from Detroit, Michigan
Detroit Pistons
16
Les Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Les Alexander
Houston Rockets
17
Yong Jin Yit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added Yong Jin Yit

Owner of Golden State Warrior since 1999

18
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Memories added Age 53 from Beirut, Lebanon
19
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 56 from New York City, New York
20
Harold Katz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Harold Katz
Philadelphia 76ers
21
Robert Kraft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
RunningWithScissors added Robert Kraft Age 77 from Brookline, Massachusetts
22
Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 84 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
Milwaukee Bucks
23
Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 93 from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Orlando Magic
24
Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 71 from Columbia, Missouri
Denver Nuggets
25
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Age 54 from Nazareth, Israel
Detroit Pistons