basketball The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time  

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List Rules Only the worst owners in professional basketball.

The worst NBA team owners of all time are those well-intentioned men with thick pockets who purchased a National Basketball Association team with dreadful results. All of these NBA team owners found success in other things in life like business or even as an NBA player but when it came to operating a professional basketball team, they failed miserably.

Having watched his Charlotte Bobcats record the statistically worst season in NBA history, Michael Jordan is often regarded as the worst NBA owner of all time. Though arguably the best NBA player of all time, Jordan didn't just struggle as an owner of the Bobcats but also showed that his front office leadership skills could use some improvement following his less than great performance with the Washington Wizards.

While most will agree that Jordan's performance as an NBA team owner gets a failing grade, many other so-called bad NBA team owners on this list fall into the love them or hate them category. Fans may love that John Bitlove brought the NBA to Toronto while others may fault him for his disastrous hiring of Isaiah Thomas. It's easy to hate on Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, or James Dolan, who writes the checks for the New York Knicks, but many fans can see past the trying times and look forward to what these owners are doing to turn their clubs around.

Optimists might give a case that these men are in some weird way among the best NBA team owners of all time, most would disagree. Which NBA team owner is the worst? Tell us by voting, adding those not listed or re-ranking this list of the worst NBA team owners of all time.
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Donald Sterling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Donald Sterling age 84 - Los Angeles Clippers

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2
94 26
James L. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
James L. Dolan age 60 - New York Knicks

3
64 18
Maloof family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Maloof family Sacramento Kings

4
40 19
Robert Sarver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Robert Sarver age 54 - Phoenix Suns

5
28 14
Ted Stepien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Ted Stepien

6
25 13
Ted Leonsis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Ted Leonsis age 58 - Washington Wizards

7
35 24
John Bitove is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time

8
27 17
Clay Bennett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time

9
14 9
Atlanta Spirit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
wiabux added Atlanta Spirit Atlanta Hawks

10
20 16
Joshua Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Joshua Harris Philadelphia 76ers

11
87 88
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Michael Jordan age 54 - Charlotte Bobcats

12
23 20
Tom Benson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Tom Benson age 88 - New Orleans Pelicans

13
20 17
Chris Cohan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Chris Cohan Golden State Warriors

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12 12
Greg Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Greg Miller Utah Jazz

15
13 15
Michael Heisley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Michael Heisley Died at 77 (1937-2014) - Memphis Grizzlies

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9 12
George Shinn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
George Shinn age 74 - New Orleans Hornets

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8 15
Glen Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time
Glen Taylor age 74 - Minnesota Timberwolves