basketball The Best Current NBA Team Owners  

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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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154 83
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Mark Cuban age 60 - Dallas Mavericks

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102 66
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Peter Holt age 70 - San Antonio Spurs

3
72 57
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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52 48
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Wyc Grousbeck age 57 - Boston Celtics

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73 88
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Michael Jordan age 55 - Charlotte Bobcats

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58 73
Mickey Arison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Mickey Arison Miami Heat

7
37 41
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Paul Allen age 65 - Portland Trail Blazers

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44 52
Leslie Alexander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Leslie Alexander age 75 - Houston Rockets

9
35 50
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Steve Ballmer Los Angeles Clippers

10
53 79
Jerry Buss Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Jerry Buss Family Los Angeles Lakers

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30 37
Greg Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Greg Miller age 34 - Utah Jazz

12
25 35
Richard Peddie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Richard Peddie Tortonto Raptors

13
25 52
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Ted Leonsis age 61 - Washington Wizards

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28 41
Robert J. Pera and Justin Timb... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Robert J. Pera and Justin Timberlake Memphis Grizzlies 

The Best Current NBA Centers

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29 46
Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Herbert Simon age 84 - Indiana Pacers

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25 40
Tom Benson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tom Benson age 91 - New Orleans Pelicans

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22 46
Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Herb Kohl age 83 - Milwaukee Bucks

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23 44
Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Glen Taylor age 77 - Minnesota Timberwolves

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20 49
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Jerry Reinsdorf age 82 - Chicago Bulls

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22 45
Clayton Bennett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Clayton Bennett Oklahoma City Thunder

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22 46
Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Richard DeVos age 92 - Orlando Magic

The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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16 39
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tom Gores age 53 - Detroit Pistons

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26 64
Dan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Dan Gilbert age 56 - Cleveland Cavaliers

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18 50
Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Stan Kroenke age 71 - Denver Nuggets

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18 53
Maloof family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Vivek Ranadivé Sacramento Kings

26
13 43
Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Robert Sarver age 57 - Phoenix Suns

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13 43
Joshua Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners

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20 61
Mikhail Prokhorov is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Mikhail Prokhorov Brooklyn Nets

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2 10
Tony Ressler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tony Ressler

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10 62
James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
James L. Dolan age 62 - New York Knicks