After playing in four previous NBA finals and winning three of them, you would expect Golden State Warriors to be the most valuable basketball team on the planet. But, the truth is that there are two teams that rank above them. If you find this fact amusing, you will have fun reading more about the top 10 most valuable NBA franchises. Let’s start counting down from the number 10!
10. Miami Heat
According to Forbes, each NBA franchise is worth more than a billion and the top 10 most valuable teams have the value way above that mark. In fact, the number 10 on this list, Mimi Heat, is worth 1.7 billion dollars.
9. Dallas Mavericks
With the value of 1.9 billion dollars, Dallas Mavericks are ranked number 9 on the list of the most expensive teams in the National Basketball Association. Their value has increased for 450 million in only a one-year time.
8. Los Angeles Clippers
Even though they let their most valuable asset Blake Griffin go to Detroit Pistons this season, they’re still very high on the list of the richest NBA clubs. With the estimated worth of $2.15 billion, they’re currently on the eight place. But, whether they’ll stay there remains the question, considering that their form hasn’t been too impressive this season. Luckily for them, the season is still in its early stages.
7. Houston Rockets
Just over a year ago, the Rockets got a new owner, Tim Fertitta, who had to pay about 2.2 billion dollars for that privilege. According to the latest financial reports, the value of the club is still in the same range.
6. Brooklyn Nets
Although this is a team that’s never ranked among the top favorites for winning the NBA ring, Brooklyn Nets are among the most valuable franchises today. Their current worth is estimated to be around $2.3 billion.
5. Boston Celtics
When you have Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Al Hoford in the roster, your team’s gotta be worth a fortune. And the exact amount of that fortune is $2.5 billion.
4. Chicago Bulls
After a few weeks of the 2018/2019 NBA season, Chicago Bulls are very low on the table of the Eastern Conference. But, there’s still plenty of time for them to change it. And considering that they’re worth $2.6 billion, they’re expected to do so.
3. Golden State Warriors
You’re probably surprised to learn that the defending champions of the NBA are top the number 1 most-valuable basketball team in the world. But, they’re ranking number 3, despite having such legendary players in the roster like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, among others. The team’s total value is $3.1 billion as of November 2018.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
When you got LeBron James in the roster, you simply have to be worth a lot. And that’s exactly what the case with Los Angeles Lakers is. Of course, Lakers aren’t a one-man team, as there are many other high-value players in the team, including Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, JaVale McGee, and Brandon Ingram. With such players in the roster, it’s not a surprise that LA Lakers are worth about 3.3 billion dollars.
1. New York Knicks
And we’ve finally come to the end of the countdown. The most expensive basketball team in NBA is New York Knicks. And this is the third season in a row with Nicks leading the way as the most valuable franchise with the current value of $3.6 billion.
If you’re wondering why that’s the case, it’s because they’ve invested a huge amount of money in order to rebuild the team in the post-Carmelo Anthony era. Some of the players they’ve signed in the last couple of years include Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Trey Burke, Mario Hezonja, and others.