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The 20 Richest NBA Teams

Who are the richest NBA teams in the league?

The richest basketball teams in the NBA have remained more or less the same as last year, except for a few. 

However, with the financial health of the NBA being stronger than ever, due to billion-dollar television deals, things will likely continue to get better for the richest basketball teams in the NBA. 

So, we thought we’d show you who they are and how they stack up against each other.

Here’s a list of the 20 richest NBA teams, ranked in order. 

 

The 20 Richest NBA Teams

The list of Basketball/NBA teams and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as BleacherReport, Forbes & The Richest

These are the 20 richest NBA teams:

 

20. Oklahoma City Thunder

Richest Basketball Teams - Oklahoma City Thunder

Value: $1.57 Billion

Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. 

They were established in 1967 and play all their home games in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma. 

The team’s official colors are Thunder blue, sunset yellow, & navy blue, and they’re owned by the Professional Basketball Club LLC, managed by Sam Presti, and coached by Billy Donovan. 

To date, the Oklahoma City Thunders have won four Conference titles, one Championship title, and eleven Division titles. 

 

19. Milwaukee Bucks

Richest Basketball Teams - Milwaukee Bucks

Value: $1.58 Billion

The Milwaukee Bucks are the next richest basketball team in the NBA. 

Based out of Milwaukee, the Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. 

They were established in 1968 and play all their home games at Fiserv Forum. 

The Bucks are owned by Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, and Mike Fascitelli, and, are managed by Jon Horst, and coached by Mike Budenholzer. 

So far, the Bucks have won two conference titles, one league title, and fourteen division titles. 

Their official colors are Good Land Green, Cream City cream, Great Lakes blue, black, and white. 

 

18. Denver Nuggets

Richest Basketball Teams - Denver Nuggets

Value: $1.6 Billion

The Denver Nuggets were established in 1967 and are a professional American Basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. 

The Nugget’s official team colors are Midnight blue, Sunshine yellow, Flatirons red, and Skyline blue. 

Unfortunately, the Denver Nuggets have not won any championships or conference titles as of yet; however, they do have eleven division titles to their name. 

Ann Walton Kroenke, the heir to the Walmart fortune, has total ownership of the club, while Michael Malone heads up coaching and they’re currently looking to fill the general manager position. 

 

17. Phoenix Suns 

Richest Basketball Teams - Phoenix Suns

Value: $1.62 Billion

The Phoenix Suns are the seventeenth richest NBA team in the world.

They’re based out of Phoenix, Arizona, and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. 

The club was established in 1969, and they play all their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

The team’s official colors are Purple, orange, black, gray, and yellow.

Businessman, Robert Sarver, owns the club, James Jones manages it, and Monty Williams is the head coach. 

Since its inception, the Phoenix Suns has won two conference titles and six division titles. 

 

16. Washington Wizards

Richest Basketball Teams - Washington Wizards

Value: $1.75 Billion

The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team, founded in 1961, that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. 

The Wizards play their home games at the Capital One Arena, which is located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Their official team colors are red, navy, blue, silver, and white. 

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So far, the Wizards have appeared in four NBA Finals, had a total of twenty-eight playoff appearances, won four conference titles and seven division titles. 

The team is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, managed by Tommy Sheppard, and coached by Scott Brooks. 

 

15. Sacramento Kings

Richest Basketball Teams - Sacramento Kings

Value: $1.77 Billion

The Sacramento Kings are the fifteenth richest basketball team in the NBA. 

They were founded in 1923 and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. 

Their home games are played at the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento, California, and their official team colors are purple, slate gray, and black. 

The Kings are owned by Indian-American business executive, Vivek Ranadivé, managed by Vlade Divac, and coached by Luke Walton. 

Over the years, the Kings have won three division titles, one conference title, and a championship title, all of which have helped them achieve a valuation of $1.77 billion. 

 

14. San Antonio Spurs

Richest Basketball Teams - San Antonio Spurs

Value: $1.8 Billion

The San Antonio Spurs is an American Basketball team that was founded in 1967 and competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). 

They’re a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division and play all their home games at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. 

The team’s official colors are black and silver. They’ve won five championships, six conference titles, and twenty-two division titles since their inception. 

San Antonio Spurs are owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, managed by Brain Wright, and coached by Gregg Popovitch. 

They’re the fourteenth richest basketball team in the NBA. 

 

13. Portland Trail Blazers

Richest Basketball Teams - Portland Trail Blazers

Value: $1.85 Billion

The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team from Portland, Oregon. 

They were established in 1970 and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. 

The Blazers play all their home games at the Memorial Coliseum, and their official team colors are red, black, and white. 

The team is under the ownership of the Estate of Paul Allen, and is managed by Neil Olshey, and coached by Terry Stotts. 

To date, the Blazers have won six division titles, three conference titles, and a single championship. 

 

12. Miami Heat

Richest NBA Teams - Miami Heat

Value: $1.95 Billion

Miami Heat is the twelfth richest basketball team in the NBA. 

Based out of Miami, Florida, the Heat competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. 

The club was founded and established in 1988 and plays all their home games at American Airlines Arena, located in Downton Miami,  Florida. 

Their official team colors are black, red, and yellow, and their main sponsor is Ultimate Software. 

Their record includes three championship titles, five conference titles, and thirteen division titles.

They also hold the NBA record for the third-longest winning streak, 27 straight games achieved in the 2012-13 season. 

Miami Heat is owned by businessman Micky Arison, managed by Andy Elisburg, and coached by Erik Spoelstra. 

 

11. Philidelphia 76ers

Richest NBA Teams - Philadelphia 76ers

Value: $2 Billion

The Philidelphia 76ers, commonly known as the “Sixers,” was founded in 1946 and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as members of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. 

Their official team colors are blue, red, navy, silver, and white, and all their home games are played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. 

The Sixers are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and have managed to accumulate a record of three championships, nine conference titles, and ten division titles since their inception. 

The club is owned by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, managed by Elton Brand, and coached by Brett Brown. 

 

10. Toronto Raptors 

Richest NBA Teams - Toronto Raptors

Value: $2.1 Billion

The Toronto Raptors are the tenth richest basketball team in the NBA. 

Based in Toronto, Canada, the team was established in 1995 and plays all their home games at Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto. 

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The Raptors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Their official colors are red, black, silver, gold, and white. 

After a bit of a shaky start, the Raptors have managed to win one championship, one conference title, and six division titles, as well as making the NBA playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. 

The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, managed by Bobby Webster, and coached by Nick Nurse. 

 

9. Dallas Mavericks

Richest NBA Teams - Dallas Mavericks

Value: $2.4 Billion

The Dallas Mavericks, or the “Mavs” as they’re often referred to as were founded in 1980 and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. 

Their official team colors are Royal blue, navy blue, silver, and black.

They play all their home games at the American Airlines Center, which they share with the National Hockey League’s, Dallas Stars. 

The team is owned by Mark Cuban, managed by Donnie Nelson and coached by Rick Carlisle. 

To date, the team has won three division titles, two conference titles, and one NBA championship. 

 

8. Houston Rockets

Richest NBA Teams - Houston Rockets

Value: $2.47 Billion

The Houston Rockets are an American professional Basketball team that was founded in 1967 and based out of Houston, Texas. 

They compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. 

The team rocks red, black, gray, anthracite, and white as their official colors, and play all their home games at the Toyota Center in Downton Houston. 

Their record includes seven division titles, four conference titles, and two NBA championships. 

The Houston Rockets are owned by billionaire businessman Tilman Fertitta, managed by Daryl Morey, and coached by Mike D’Antoni. 

 

7. Brooklyn Nets

Richest NBA Teams - Brooklyn Nets

Value: $2.5 Billion

Coming in at number seven are the Brooklyn Nets. 

This American professional basketball team was established in 1967 and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. 

The Nets home games are played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and their official team colors are black, white, and dark gray. 

The team is sponsored by Infor, owned by billionaire Joespeh Tsai, managed by Sean Marks, and coached by Jacque Vaughn. 

Some of their achievements include two NBA championships, five conference titles, and five division titles. 

 

6. Los Angeles Clippers

Richest NBA Teams - Los Angeles Clippers

Value: $2.6 Billion

The Los Angeles Clippers is a professional basketball team from Los Angeles, California. 

Also known as “The Clippers,” the team plays all their home games at the Staples Center, in Downton Los Angeles, which they share with the LA Lakers. Their official team colors are red, blue, black, silver, and white. 

The Clippers are sponsored by Bumble, owned by Steve Ballmer, managed by Michael Winger, and coached by Doc Rivers. 

As they stand currently, the Clippers have only won two division titles to date, and are yet to win either a conference or NBA championship title. 

 

5. Boston Celtics

Richest NBA Teams - Boston Celtics

Value: $3.1 Billion

The Boston Celtics are the fifth richest basketball team in the NBA. 

The team was established in 1946 and competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. 

The Celtics wear green, gold, black, brown, and white as their team colors and play all their home games at TD Garden in Boston Massachusetts. 

They’re owned by Boston Basketball Partners, sponsored by General Electric, managed by Danny Ainge, and coached by Brad Stevens. 

Regarded as the most successful basketball team in NBA history, in terms of their record, the Celtics have won seventeen NBA championships, twenty-one conference titles, and twenty-two division titles.

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4. Chicago Bulls

Richest NBA Teams - Chicago Bulls

Value: $3.2 Billion

The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. 

They’re were founded in 1966 and play all their home games at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The team rocks red and black as their official colors and are sponsored by Zenni Optical. 

The Bulls are owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, managed by Marc Eversley and coached by Jim Boylen. 

To date, the Chicago Bulls are six-time NBA champions and hold six conference titles and nine division titles. 

 

3. Golden State Warriors

Richest NBA Teams - Golden State Warriors

Value: $4.3 Billion

The Golden State Warriors are the third richest basketball team in the NBA. 

The team is based out of San Francisco and competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Divison. 

The Warriors were founded in 1946 and play all their home games at the Chase Center, San FranciscoTheir official team colors are Royal blue and yellow, and they’re sponsored by Rakuten. 

Joe Lacob and Peter Guber own the team, and it’s managed by Bob Myers and coached by Steve Kerr. 

Their record includes six NBA championships, eleven conference titles, and seven division titles. 

 

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Richest NBA Teams - Los Angeles Lakers

Value: $4.4 Billion

The Los Angeles Lakers are the second richest basketball team in the NBA. 

The Lakers are based out of Los Angeles, California, and compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference in the Pacific Division. 

Their home games are played at the Staples Center, which they share with the LA Clippers and the LA Sparks. They have one of the most well-known sports kits in the NBA, wearing purple, gold, and black as their official colors. 

The team is owned by Buss Family Trusts, sponsored by Wish, managed by Rob Pelinka, and coached by Frank Vogel. 

So far, the Lakers have won sixteen NBA championships, thirty-one conference titles, and twenty-three division titles. 

 

1. New York Nicks

Richest NBA Teams - New York Knicks

Value: $4.6 Billion

Coming in at number one, and taking the title of the richest basketball team in the NBA, is the New York Nicks. 

The Nicks was established in 1946 and competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. 

Also known as the “Knickerbockers,” the team plays all their home games at Madison Square Garden in midtown Manhatten and rock blue, orange, silver, black, and white as their official team colors. 

The team is owned by Madison Square Garden Company, managed by Scott Perry, and coached by Mike Miller. Squarespace is their official sponsor. 

The New York Nicks have won two NBA championships, eight conference championships, and five division titles since their inception. All of these victories have helped them reach a valuation of $4.6 billion, cementing them as the richest basketball team in the NBA. 

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the 20 richest NBA teams. 

Wowza! That’s a lot of money.

Who’d of thought bouncing a ball around and throwing it into a metal hoop could be so lucrative?!

Well, it is, and the above-mentioned NBA teams have managed to capitalize on it all the way to the bank, so good for them! 

Here’s a quick recap of the 20 richest NBA teams:

  1. New York Nicks
  2. Los Angeles Lakers
  3. Golden State Warriors 
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Boston Celtics
  6. Los Angeles Clippers
  7. Brooklyn Nets
  8. Houston Rockets
  9. Dallas Mavericks
  10. Toronto Raptors
  11. Philadelphia 76ers
  12. Miami Heat
  13. Portland Trail Blazers
  14. San Antonio Spurs
  15. Sacramento Kings
  16. Washington Wizards
  17. Phoenix Suns
  18. Denver Nuggets
  19. Milwaukee Bucks
  20. Oklahoma City Thunder

What’s your favorite basketball/NBA team? Leave a comment below.

Matt McIntyre is a digital marketing consultant and certified marketing strategist. When he's not talking about business or marketing, you'll find him in the gym.

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