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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Mark Cuban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 61
Dallas Mavericks

2
123 80
Peter Holt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 71
San Antonio Spurs

3
97 66
Peter Guber and Joe Lacob is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Golden State Warriors

4
72 54
Wyc Grousbeck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 58
Boston Celtics

5
89 108
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 56
Charlotte Bobcats

6
68 84
Mickey Arison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Miami Heat

7
57 58
Leslie Alexander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 76
Houston Rockets

8
39 41
Richard Peddie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tortonto Raptors

9
50 51
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 66
Portland Trail Blazers

10
42 41
Greg Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 35
Utah Jazz

11
65 90
Jerry Buss Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Los Angeles Lakers

12
44 61
Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Steve Ballmer
Los Angeles Clippers

13
32 51
Herb Kohl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 84
Milwaukee Bucks

14
37 53
Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 85
Indiana Pacers

15
30 65
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 62
Washington Wizards

16
35 53
Robert J. Pera and Justin Timb... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
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Memphis Grizzlies 

17
31 51
Tom Benson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 92
New Orleans Pelicans

18
31 53
Clayton Bennett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Oklahoma City Thunder

19
30 52
Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 78
Minnesota Timberwolves

20
28 55
Richard DeVos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 93
Orlando Magic

21
25 60
Jerry Reinsdorf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 83
Chicago Bulls

22
27 56
Stan Kroenke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 72
Denver Nuggets

23
21 46
Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
age 54
Detroit Pistons

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2 4
jeanie buss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
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7 17
Tony Ressler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Team Owners
Tony Ressler