Knicks, Lakers Top Forbes’ NBA Franchise Valuations

The Knicks have been one of the NBA’s most dysfunctional teams this season. On the court, the team has gone just 23-33, with $72MM man Joakim Noah failing to make a significant impact, and Jeff Hornacek and Phil Jackson not always on the same page when it came to the use of the triangle. Off the court, things have been even worse, with Jackson criticizing star forward Carmelo Anthony, and owner James Dolan at odds with former Knicks star Charles Oakley.

On the west coast, the Lakers haven’t been much better, racking up a 19-38 record, good for the No. 14 seed in the West. The team hasn’t made as many off-court headlines, but the structure of the front office is currently up in the air, with new advisor Magic Johnson publicly declaring that he wants to be the one calling the shots on roster decisions.

Despite the problems in New York and Los Angeles, the Knicks and Lakers remain the NBA’s two most valuable franchises, according to a report from Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes. The Knicks and Lakers are the only teams valued at more than $3 billion by Forbes.

Team valuations are up around the league, with the Warriors leading the way among this year’s increases — according to Forbes, the Dubs are 37% more valuable that they were at this time in 2016. In total, 18 teams have a valuation exceeding $1 billion, which is up from 13 teams last year and just three teams in 2015. The average NBA franchise is now worth $1.36 billion, according to the report.

Here’s the full list of NBA franchise valuations, per Forbes:

  1. New York Knicks: $3.3 billion
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: $3 billion
  3. Golden State Warriors: $2.6 billion
  4. Chicago Bulls: $2.5 billion
  5. Boston Celtics: $2.2 billion
  6. Los Angeles Clippers; $2 billion
  7. Brooklyn Nets: $1.8 billion
  8. Houston Rockets: $1.65 billion
  9. Dallas Mavericks: $1.45 billion
  10. Miami Heat: $1.35 billion
  11. Cleveland Cavaliers: $1.2 billion
  12. San Antonio Spurs: $1.175 billion
  13. Toronto Raptors: $1.125 billion
  14. Phoenix Suns: $1.1 billion
  15. Sacramento Kings: $1.075 billion
  16. Portland Trail Blazers: $1.05 billion
  17. Oklahoma City Thunder: $1.025 billion
  18. Washington Wizards: $1 billion
  19. Orlando Magic: $920MM
  20. Utah Jazz: $910MM
  21. Detroit Pistons: $900MM
  22. Denver Nuggets: $890MM
  23. Atlanta Hawks: $885MM
  24. Indiana Pacers: $880MM
  25. Philadelphia 76ers: $800MM
  26. Memphis Grizzlies: $790MM
  27. Milwaukee Bucks: $785MM
  28. Charlotte Hornets: $780MM
  29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $770MM
  30. New Orleans Pelicans: $750MM

For comparison’s sake, Forbes’ 2016 valuations can be found right here.

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13 thoughts on “Knicks, Lakers Top Forbes’ NBA Franchise Valuations

  1. Hey Dolan: Now’s a good time to sell. Look at the value! You could sell high!
    -the Knicks fan base.

  2. Connorsoxfan

    How can Sacramento be worth more than OKC? They’re both relatively small markets, but OKC has much more national attention. Each team has a star, and the Thunder have had recent deep playoff runs. I can’t imagine Durant leaving caused their value to drop by a huge amount, but probably a little.

  3. Grant
    Grant W

    Ever since the sonics became the thunder I have wondered what franchise could move to seattle without causing the same rift. Every team has a fanbase but some seem more integral to the nba than others (ie celtics lakers 76ers knicks to name a few). As a NBA fan I think the clippers/Nets becoming the sonics would be ok since those cities already have another team. But with the Timberwolves being so far down on this list and not really having a large market as well a lack of a successful history or strong fanbase they might be an option too. Of course technically any team can be the answer or the sonics might never come back only time will tell

  4. BayAreaSportsFan

    Based on the comments, there seems to be confusion. Fiscal value has little to do with the current on court product, except in the case of the warriors. The Lakers and Knicks are valuable because of 1, large market. 2, crazy tv deal. 3,Average attendance (not current year but multiple years) 4, assets.

    Now these things can be effected by having a good team, but no matter how many championships lebron is given by the league, the cavs will always be middle of the pack in value.

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