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The Best Current NBA Team Owners 

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Updated October 11, 2019 4.4k votes 658 voters 10.4k views 29 items

List Rules Only people who CURRENTLY own a team in the NBA

The best NBA team owners are those passionate and caring businessmen, families and investment groups who set the standard in the National Basketball Association and professional sports for quality leadership and ownership of their teams. Whether their teams are consistent favorites to win the NBA Championship or just trying to do the best with what they have, these owners of some of the greatest sports franchises in the world, are the most loved by fans, players and others in the league alike.

Though he passed away in February 2013, Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, is regarded by many as one of the best owners in the history of the NBA. The chemist, businessman and philanthropist purchased the Lakers in 1979 and went on to see the team win 10 NBA titles. Since his death, his family trust, led by his children, took over controlling ownership after his death.

But Buss is just one of many great NBA team owners. Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks and Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs are among the others who have earned the respect of the league for their successful team operation. On the other end of the spectrum, Michael Jordan (yes, the greatest NBA player of all time) of the Charlotte Hornets, James Dolan of the New York Knicks, and Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns all fall in the worst NBA owners category due to questionable decision-making skills.

While some owners are definitely more hands on than others, these great NBA team owners have done a lot of good during their time in the league. There's a reason why some NBA teams are better to play for than others, and that reputation starts from the top. Who is your favorite NBA team owner? Vote for the ones you think are best or re-rank this list of the best NBA team owners, all below!

 

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Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
2
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
San Antonio Spurs
3
Peter Guber and Joe Laco... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Golden State Warriors
4
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Steve Ballmer
5
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Boston Celtics
6
Mickey Arison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Miami Heat
7
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
8
Larry Tanenbaum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Larry Tanenbaum

Toronto Raptors

9
Gail Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Gail Miller

Utah Jazz

10
Jody Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Jody Allen

Portland Trail Blazers

11
Jerry Buss Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Los Angeles Lakers
12
Marc Lasry And Wesley Ed... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Marc Lasry And Wesley Edens

Milwaukee Bucks

13
Tilman Fertitta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tilman Fertitta

Houston Rockets

14
Ann Walton Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Ann Walton Kroenke

Denver Nuggets

15
Gayle Benson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Gayle Benson

New Orleans Pelicans

16
Robert J. Pera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Robert J. Pera
Memphis Grizzlies 
17
Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Indiana Pacers
18
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Washington Wizards
19
Dan DeVos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Dan DeVos

Orlando Magic

20
Clayton Bennett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Oklahoma City Thunder
21
Tony Ressler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tony Ressler

Atlanta Hawks

22
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Detroit Pistons
23
Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Minnesota Timberwolves
24
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Chicago Bulls
25
Joshua Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners

Philadelphia 76ers