From New York to LA and Boston to the Bay, find out who wins top financial honors as the NBA’s top-valued franchise.
No investment is truly a sure thing. Foolproof. Set-it-and-forget-it. That’s just how it works. Buying into a franchise that plies its trade in the National Basketball Association, however, might just be the closest thing.
Even the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t slow the NBA’s roll. Earlier this year, Mat Ishbia purchased the Phoenix Suns for $4 billion. Firms like RedBird and Arctos have keyed a private equity-feeding frenzy around the league to the point that even the big, bad NFL might just relent and play copycat.
So, that got us thinking: Who stands alone atop the mountain of NBA team valuations? This penthouse only has room for one, so are we talking LA? New York?
Well, thanks to a new Forbes report led by Mike Ozanian and Justin Teitelbaum, we have a new, gaudy snapshot of just how powerfully pro hoops franchises have evolved as investment assets — and who’s the biggest winner of all.
Check out the latest list of the most valuable NBA teams below.
Most Valuable NBA Teams: The Top 10 of 2023
Numbers via Forbes’ Most Valuable NBA Teams report published Oct. 26, 2023. “YoY %” refers to a team valuation’s growth compared to Forbes’ 2022 report.
|1. Golden State Warriors||$7.7B||+10%|
|2. New York Knicks||$6.6B||+8%|
|3. Los Angeles Lakers||$6.4B||+8%|
|4. Boston Celtics||$4.7B||+18%|
|5. Los Angeles Clippers||$4.65B||+19%|
|6. Chicago Bulls||$4.6B||+12%|
|7. Dallas Mavericks||$4.5B||+36%|
|8. Houston Rockets||$4.4B||+38%|
|9. Philadelphia 76ers||$4.3B||+37%|
|10. Toronto Raptors||$4.1B||+32%|
Most Valuable NBA Franchises: 11-20
|11. Phoenix Suns||$4B||+48%|
|12. Miami Heat||$3.9B||+30%|
|13. Brooklyn Nets||$3.85B||+10%|
|14. Washington Wizards||$3.5B||+40%|
|15. Denver Nuggets||$3.37B||+75%|
|16. Cleveland Cavaliers||$3.35B||+63%|
|17. Sacramento Kings||$3.33B||+64%|
|18. Atlanta Hawks||$3.32B||+68%|
|19. San Antonio Spurs||$3.25B||+63%|
|20. Milwaukee Bucks||$3.2B||+39%|
Most Valuable NBA Teams: 21-30
|21. Utah Jazz||$3.09B||+53%|
|22. Portland Trail Blazers||$3.08B||+47%|
|23. Detroit Pistons||$3.07B||+62%|
|24. Oklahoma City Thunder||$3.05B||+63%|
|25. Charlotte Hornets||$3B||+76%|
|26. Orlando Magic||$2.95B||+59%|
|27. Indiana Pacers||$2.9B||+61%|
|28. New Orleans Pelicans||$2.55B||+59%|
|29. Minnesota Timberwolves||$2.5B||+50%|
|30. Memphis Grizzlies||$2.4B||+45%|
Additional NBA Team Valuation Facts
- The average NBA team is now worth just over $3.8 billion.
- The NBA expects to generate approximately $13 billion in revenue in 2023-24.
- Over 50% of NBA revenues in 2022-23 came from media deals.
- The Charlotte Hornets’ valuation experienced the largest year-over-year increase in the league — 76%. A group led by Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin purchased a controlling stake team from Michael Jordan in August.
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