Ranking The Value Of All 30 NBA Franchises

While it might not attract as many fans as the NFL, the NBA is quickly growing into a monster in its own right. Over the last year, the average NBA franchise’s value has risen to $1.1 billion. That’s a ridiculous increase of 74% in such a short amount of time. In fact Forbes states that it’s the largest one year gain since they’d started evaluating the four major U.S. sports back in 1998. There are now 11 NBA franchises worth over $1 billion. Compare that to only three years prior and you can see just how much the NBA is growing.

The league recently signed expanded contracts with Walt Disney and Time Warner. The deals should be worth around $2.66 billion a year. Just to put that into perspective, this would pay out almost triple of the previous contract. It’s no surprise that TV networks are jumping at the opportunity to associate themselves with the NBA. The Finals this past year were the most watched since 1998, and had the highest ratings since 2001. What’s more, the recent NBA draft drew in 3.7 million viewers on ESPN, which makes it the most watched NBA draft on record.

As it continues to grow larger inside the United States there is a ton of potential for Basketball outside of the country as well. There were 101 foreign players from 37 different countries on opening day rosters last year. That’s a lot of people outside of the U.S. who’ve made it into the NBA. While none of these players were from China, there are over 300 million people playing the sport over there according to the Chinese Basketball Association. Perhaps China could turn into a potential candidate for an NBA franchise in the future. Commissioner Adam Silver already said that he wants to launch four franchises in Europe. That’s not too much of a surprise considering the league’s international revenue of $350 million last year. A number that’s been growing annually at 18%.

30 Milwaukee Bucks – $600 Million

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

29 Minnesota Timberwolves - $625 Million

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

28 New Orleans Pelicans - $650 Million

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

27 Philadelphia 76ers – $700 Million

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

26 Charlotte Hornets - $725 Million

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

25 Memphis Grizzlies – $750 Million

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

24 Sacramento Kings – $800 Million

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

23 Detroit Pistons – $810 Million

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

22 Atlanta Hawks – $825 Million

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

21 Indiana Pacers – $830 Million

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

20 Utah Jazz – $850 Million

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

19 Denver Nuggets – $855 Million

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

18 Orlando Magic – $875 Million

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

17 Washington Wizards – $900 Million

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

16 Phoenix Suns – $910 Million

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

15 Cleveland Cavaliers – $915 Million

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

14 Toronto Raptors – $920 Million

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

13 Oklahoma City Thunder – $930 Million

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

12 Portland Trail Blazers – $940 Million

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

11 San Antonio Spurs – $1 Billion

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

10 Dallas Mavericks – $1.15 Billion

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

9 Miami Heat – $1.175 Billion

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

8 Houston Rockets – $1.25 Billion

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

7 Golden State Warriors – $1.3 Billion

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

6 Brooklyn Nets – $1.5 Billion

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

5 Los Angeles Clippers – $1.6 Billion

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

4 Boston Celtics – $1.7 Billion

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

3 Chicago Bulls – $2 Billion

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

2 New York Knicks – $2.5 Billion

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

1 Los Angeles Lakers – $2.6 Billion

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers are another team that have missed out on the playoffs these last couple years. But unlike the Knicks, the Lakers have a long history of winning, which makes their recent struggles all the more strange. Obviously every franchise can’t consistently stay a contender throughout a prolonged period of time and there’s always a point where teams drop off the radar and have to rebuild. Maybe this is what’s happening to the Lakers. Two seasons ago, their monstrous 270-game sellout streak, which lasted them some seven years, came to an end. It could be the first of many changes Lakers fans might have to get used to in the near future.

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