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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177 102
Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 60 - Dallas Mavericks

2
118 80
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 70 - San Antonio Spurs

3
94 64
Peter Guber and Joe Lacob is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Golden State Warriors

4
70 52
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 57 - Boston Celtics

5
87 104
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 55 - Charlotte Bobcats

6
68 80
Mickey Arison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Miami Heat

7
56 57
Leslie Alexander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 75 - Houston Rockets

8
49 48
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 65 - Portland Trail Blazers

9
37 40
Richard Peddie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tortonto Raptors

10
41 39
Greg Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 34 - Utah Jazz

11
63 89
Jerry Buss Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Los Angeles Lakers

12
42 60
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Steve Ballmer Los Angeles Clippers

13
30 61
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 61 - Washington Wizards

14
36 51
Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 84 - Indiana Pacers

15
34 50
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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30 51
Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 83 - Milwaukee Bucks

17
29 48
Tom Benson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 91 - New Orleans Pelicans

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27 52
Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 77 - Minnesota Timberwolves

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27 53
Clayton Bennett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Oklahoma City Thunder

20
27 53
Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 92 - Orlando Magic

21
24 58
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 82 - Chicago Bulls

22
25 55
Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 71 - Denver Nuggets

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19 46
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 53 - Detroit Pistons

24
1 3
jeanie buss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
JosephJimenez added jeanie buss

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6 17
Tony Ressler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tony Ressler

26
17 51
Joshua Harris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners

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17 53
Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 57 - Phoenix Suns

28
28 78
Dan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 56 - Cleveland Cavaliers

29
24 73
Mikhail Prokhorov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Brooklyn Nets

30
19 64
Maloof family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Sacramento Kings

31
14 77
James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 62 - New York Knicks