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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, Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs, Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Leslie Alexander of the Houston Rockets are others who have earned the respect of the league for their successful team operation. On the other end of the spectrum, the likes of Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers, 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
Mark Cuban age 59 - Dallas Mavericks

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Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Peter Holt age 69 - San Antonio Spurs

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Peter Guber and Joe Lacob is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Peter Guber and Joe Lacob Golden State Warriors

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Michael Jordan age 54 - Charlotte Bobcats

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38 40
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Wyc Grousbeck age 54 - Boston Celtics

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Mickey Arison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Mickey Arison Miami Heat

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28 32
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Steve Ballmer Los Angeles Clippers

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33 44
Leslie Alexander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Leslie Alexander age 74 - Houston Rockets

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23 41
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Ted Leonsis age 60 - Washington Wizards

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24 33
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Paul Allen age 62 - Portland Trail Blazers

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27 38
Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Herbert Simon age 83 - Indiana Pacers

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Richard Peddie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Richard Peddie Tortonto Raptors

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21 37
Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Herb Kohl age 80 - Milwaukee Bucks

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39 67
Jerry Buss Family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Jerry Buss Family Los Angeles Lakers

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Robert J. Pera and Justin Timb... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Robert J. Pera and Justin Timberlake Memphis Grizzlies 

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21 32
Greg Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Greg Miller age 31 - Utah Jazz

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20 37
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Jerry Reinsdorf age 79 - Chicago Bulls

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20 34
Tom Benson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tom Benson age 90 - New Orleans Pelicans

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20 35
Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Glen Taylor age 74 - Minnesota Timberwolves

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Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Richard DeVos age 91 - Orlando Magic

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15 30
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tom Gores age 52 - Detroit Pistons

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19 37
Clayton Bennett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Clayton Bennett Oklahoma City Thunder

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12 30
Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Robert Sarver age 54 - Phoenix Suns

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22 49
Dan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Dan Gilbert age 55 - Cleveland Cavaliers

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13 35
Joshua Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners

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15 40
Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Stan Kroenke age 68 - Denver Nuggets

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Tony Ressler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tony Ressler

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17 48
Mikhail Prokhorov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Mikhail Prokhorov Brooklyn Nets

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Maloof family is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Vivek Ranadivé Sacramento Kings

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10 44
James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
James L. Dolan age 60 - New York Knicks