These Are The NBA's Most Valuable Basketball Teams

By Rob Cramer on June 23 2020 in Sports

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Image credit: Eugene Onischenko/Shutterstock.com
  • According to Forbes, no NBA team is worth less than $1 billion.
  • The NBA generated $8.76 billion in revenue in the 2018-19 season from tickets, merchandise, and television deals.
  • The New York Knicks are worth $4.6 billion as of 2020.

The NBA is one of the most profitable sports leagues in North America. It's a diverse league with an exciting fan base. People from around the world of all races and genders love gathering around the TV to watch their favorite NBA superstars. Is there anything more exciting than watching clutch performances in do or die playoff games? Epic three-point buzzer-beaters and powerful dunks are thrilling to watch. Each fan has a favorite team, but the NBA is unique because many fans follow individual players as well. Watching Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakim, James Harden, and Kevin Durant is always a thrill, even if they don't play on your home team. The NBA generated $8.76 billion in revenue in the 2018-19 season from tickets, merchandise, and television deals. According to Forbes, no NBA team is worth less than $1 billion. Here are the ten most valuable NBA teams.

10. Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors fans Air Canada Centre. Image credit: Shaheen Karolia/Shutterstock.com
Toronto Raptors fans Air Canada Centre. Image credit: Shaheen Karolia/Shutterstock.com

We the North. You probably think the most valuable sports team in Canada is a hockey team, but you couldn't be more wrong. In fact, the Toronto Raptors are worth a staggering $600 million more than the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Raptors increased in value by 25% since winning the NBA championship and are now worth $2.1 billion.

9. Dallas Mavericks $2.4 billion

Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks

Buying the Dallas Mavericks was one of the best decisions that billionaire Mark Cuban ever made. He bought a majority stake in the team in 2000 for $258 million. Today the team is worth $2.4 billion. The Mavericks have risen in value substantially since the team was purchased by Cuban. They also won an NBA championship in 2011. 

8. Houston Rockets - $2.46 billion

Houston Rockets logo. Image credit: Mirko.loza/Wikimedia.org
Houston Rockets logo. Image credit: Mirko.loza/Wikimedia.org

Basketball is big in Texas. All three NBA teams in Texas are worth a lot of money. The San Antonio Spurs are worth $1.8 billion and are the only Texas NBA team not in the top ten. The Houston Rockets are the most valuable NBA team in texas with a value of $2.46 billion.

7. Brooklyn Nets - $2.5 billion

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets. Image credit: Erik Drost/Wikimedia.org
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets. Image credit: Erik Drost/Wikimedia.org

Moving out of New Jersey was the best thing to happen to the Nets. The move to Brooklyn resulted in the team instantly gaining a wealth of new hipster fans, and the cool new black and white jerseys are still selling very well. The team was worth a mere $357 million in 2012, which was the final year the Nets played in New Jersey. Now the team is worth $2.5 billion.

6. Los Angeles Clippers - $ 2.6 billion

Los Angeles Clippers. Image credit: LWY/Wikimedia.org
Los Angeles Clippers. Image credit: LWY/Wikimedia.org

Canadian basketball fans were heartbroken after Kawhi Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers after helping the Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship. Kawhi has helped the Clippers become more successful and valuable. There is no question that the Clippers are selling more jerseys now. The Clippers were once considered a joke, but that is not the case anymore. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously paid fourteen times revenue for the Clippers when he bought the team in 2014. Today that decision doesn't seem so silly now that the Clippers are worth $2.6 billion

5. Boston Celtics - $3.1 billion

Boston Celtics playing against the Washington Wizards on April 11, 2011. Image credit: Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA/Wikimedia.org
Boston Celtics playing against the Washington Wizards on April 11, 2011. Image credit: Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA/Wikimedia.org

The value of the Boston Celtics has risen at a meteoric rate since 2014 when the team was worth only $875 million. Today, the team is worth $3.1 billion. The Celtics haven't won a championship since 2008, but they have been a contender for years. It's unlikely the Celtics will win as many championships as they did when they were led by Bill Russell (they won eight titles in a row with Russell), but another title could cause the value of the team to skyrocket even more.

4. Chicago Bulls - $3.2 billion

Chicago Bulls. Image credit: Mack Male from Edmonton, AB, Canada/Wikimedia.org
Chicago Bulls. Image credit: Mack Male from Edmonton, AB, Canada/Wikimedia.org

The 90s Chicago Bulls are widely considered to be one of the greatest sports dynasties of all time. Michael Jordan led the Bulls to two three-peats. Those six championships will likely never be topped, and if Jordan hadn't retired to play baseball it's likely that the Bulls could have won at least one more championship. Jordan is the goat, but he had help from players like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Despite not being a winning team anymore, the Bulls are still valuable. Throwbacks Jordan jerseys are still big sellers. The Bulls are worth $3.2 billion.

3. Golden State Warriors - $4.3 billion

Klay Thompson of Golden State Warriors shooting against Jared Dudley of Washington Wizard. Image credit: Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA /Wikimedia.org
Klay Thompson of Golden State Warriors shooting against Jared Dudley of Washington Wizard. Image credit: Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA /Wikimedia.org

The Golden State Warriors dynasty is over, but the team will rise again thanks to Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and new additions like Andrew Wiggins. The team went from the NBA finals to last in the league, but the future is bright. The Warriors have fans all over the Bay area, and merchandise flies off the shelf. The Warriors won three championships in four years and appeared in five straight NBA finals. Only the Raptors and Lebron's Cavs defeated the team in that stretch. The Warriors are estimated to be worth $4.3 billion.

2. Los Angeles Lakers- $4.4 billion

Los Angeles Lakers rookie swingman Sviatoslav "Svi" Mykhailiuk fighting for the ball. Image credit: Oleksandr Osipov/Shutterstock.com
Los Angeles Lakers rookie swingman Sviatoslav "Svi" Mykhailiuk fighting for the ball. Image credit: Oleksandr Osipov/Shutterstock.com

The Lakers have been both successful and valuable for years. The organization has won more NBA championships than almost any other team. With sixteen titles, the Lakers trail only the Boston Celtics, who have won seventeen titles, when it comes to championships. Now that Lebron James is with the Lakers, it's very likely that the team will surpass the Celtics as the team with the most titles. the Lakers have a long list of legends who have helped the team win so many championships. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq have all helped the team win multiple championships. The Lakers hope to reagin their dynasty status thanks to Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers also have a fanbase that consists of numerous celebrities. Courtside seats at Lakers games are a who's who of Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Snoop Dogg are Lakers superfans. The Lakers are valued at $4.4 billion.

1. New York Knicks - $4.6 billion

The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.

The New York Knicks continue to rake in money even as the team struggles year after year. Fans have no problem spending money on merch and tickets even while the Knicks finish near the bottom of the league. The Knicks have plenty of celebrities in their fanbase. Spike Lee and Adam Sandler are avid Knicks fans. Forbes estimates that the Knicks are worth $4.6 billion as of 2020.

These Are The NBA's Most Valuable Basketball Teams

RankNBA TeamWorth
1New York Knicks$4.6 billion
2Los Angeles Lakers$4.4 billion
3Golden State Warriors $4.3 billion
4Chicago Bulls$3.2 billion
5Boston Celtics$3.1 billion
6Los Angeles Clippers $ 2.6 billion
7Brooklyn Nets $2.5 billion
8Houston Rockets$2.46 billion
9Dallas Mavericks$2.4 billion
10Toronto Raptors$2.1 billion

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