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The Worst NBA Team Owners of All Time

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    393
    92
    Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2
    364
    90

    James L. Dolan

    Age: 66
    New York Knicks
  • 3
    174
    73

    Robert Sarver

    Age: 60
    Phoenix Suns
  • 4
    302
    205

    Michael Jordan

    Age: 58
    Charlotte Bobcats
  • 5
    141
    89

    Maloof family

    Sacramento Kings
  • 6
    86
    50

    Ted Stepien

  • 7
    66
    33

    Glen Taylor

    Age: 80
    Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 8
    49
    17
    mibolor addedAge: 59
  • 9
    65
    45

    Ted Leonsis

    Age: 64
    Washington Wizards
  • 10
    74
    55

    Clay Bennett

  • 11
    50
    43

    Tom Benson

    Age: 94
    New Orleans Pelicans
  • 12
    44
    38

    George Shinn

    Age: 80
  • 13
    46
    41
    wiabux added

    Atlanta Hawks, LLC

    Atlanta Hawks
  • 14
    43
    50

    John Bitove

  • 15
    21
    20
    Juanito Cisneros added

    Howard Schultz

    Age: 68
  • 16
    Golden State Warriors
  • 17
    28
    33

    Michael Heisley

    Dec. at 77 (1937-2014)
    Memphis Grizzlies
  • 18
    36
    48

    Joshua Harris

    Philadelphia 76ers
  • 19
    28
    44

    Greg Miller

    Utah Jazz
  • 20
    4
    18
    Juanito Cisneros added

    Dan Finnane