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How Much Every NBA Team Is Worth

February 11, 2020 30 items

The most valuable NBA franchises are among the most famous and storied teams in the history of the league. While they are not necessarily the most successful teams the NBA has ever seen, they are all among the most popular sports teams in the world.

That is why the list of NBA team values features teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Chicago Bulls at the top, franchises with a history of championship basketball. However, the New York Knicks are the NBA team with the most valuable despite a lengthy title drought and years of recent poor player. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the least valuable current NBA team is the Memphis Grizzlies, who have never had much success in the league.

So, if you've got $2 billion to spend (the average value of an NBA team is $2.12 billion) and are looking for an expensive splurge, check out this list of the most valuable teams in the NBA in 2020, according to Forbes magazine, and imagine what you would do to raise that value even more.

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  • Franchise value: $4.6 billion

    Revenue: $472 million
    Operating income: $157 million

    • Arena: Madison Square Garden
    • Championships: 2 (1970, 1973)
  • Los Angeles Lakers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list How Much Every NBA Team Is Worth
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    Franchise value: $4.4 billion

    Revenue: $434 million
    Operating income: $178 million

    • Arena: Staples Center
    • Championships: 16 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954
  • Golden State Warriors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list How Much Every NBA Team Is Worth
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    Franchise value: $4.3 billion

    Revenue: $440 million
    Operating income: $109 million

    • Arena: Chase Center
    • Championships: 6 (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017
  • Chicago Bulls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list How Much Every NBA Team Is Worth
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    Franchise value: $3.2 billion

    Revenue: $301 million
    Operating income: $103 million

    • Arena: United Center
    • Championships: 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997
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