NBA franchises list, ranked in order of value. The most valuable NBA franchises are based on their current arena deals as of 2010. If you've wondered what are the most valuable NBA teams, the answer lies heavily in their earnings. The most profitable NBA teams are not always the highest valued in any given year, but for the most part in 2010 profits corresponded with value -- Even the Los Angeles Clippers are making a huge profit of $102 million. That's when you know basketball has huge returns on investment.