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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233 104
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
231 130
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 60
Dallas Mavericks

3
146 83
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 70
San Antonio Spurs

4
63 60
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
54 56
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 57
Boston Celtics

6
67 73
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
OnurMuzafferSelçuk added age 62

7
53 56
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

8
76 87
Micky Arison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 69
Miami Heat

9
21 17
lebron james is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added lebron james 99

owner of rocket

10
66 83
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 83
Chicago Bulls

11
46 55
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
39 46
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
age 66
Portland Trailblazers

13
36 53
Walter Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 39 (1917-1956)

14
33 49
Les Alexander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Les Alexander
Houston Rockets

15
25 39
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
1 1
Joseph S. Lacob is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Juanito Cisneros added

17
1 1
Franklin Mieuli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Juanito Cisneros added Franklin Mieuli Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)

18
4 8
Drake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
ndog added age 32

19
26 45
William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)
Detroit Pistons

20
11 20
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time

21
6 12
Yong Jin Yit is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
4 9
Yong Di Lun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added Yong Di Lun Age 666

Boston Celtic owner from 1352

23
24 43
Harold Katz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Harold Katz
Philadelphia 76ers

24
3 8
ifucanseethisthatmeansuarenorm... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
yjy genius added ifucanseethisthatmeansuarenormal going to die

the owner of nothing

25
9 20
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Team Owners of All Time
Memories added age 53