Forbes Releases 2019 NBA Franchise Valuations

A year ago, when Forbes released its annual NBA franchise valuations, the Knicks were reeling from the news that Kristaps Porzingis has suffered a torn ACL, but still earned the top spot on Forbes’ list of the league’s most valuable teams.

This time around, Knicks fans are reeling from the trade that sent Porzingis to Dallas. Once again though, the franchise is still considered the most valuable of any of the NBA’s 30 clubs, according to a report from Kurt Badenhausen and Mike Ozanian of Forbes.

For the first time, all 30 NBA teams have a perceived worth of $1.2 billion or more, per Forbes’ annual report. While all 30 teams’ valuations cracked the $1 billion threshold for the first time last year, 10 franchises were below $1.2 billion.

The league-wide average of $1.9 billion per team in 2019 is also a new record, with franchise valuations up 13% in total over last year’s figures. NBA franchise values have once again tripled over the last five years, according to Badenhausen and Ozanian.

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

  1. New York Knicks: $4 billion
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: $3.7 billion
  3. Golden State Warriors: $3.5 billion
  4. Chicago Bulls: $2.9 billion
  5. Boston Celtics: $2.8 billion
  6. Brooklyn Nets: $2.35 billion
  7. Houston Rockets: $2.3 billion
  8. Dallas Mavericks: $2.25 billion
  9. Los Angeles Clippers: $2.2 billion
  10. Miami Heat: $1.75 billion
  11. Toronto Raptors: $1.675 billion
  12. Philadelphia 76ers: $1.65 billion
  13. San Antonio Spurs: $1.625 billion
  14. Portland Trail Blazers: $1.6 billion
  15. Sacramento Kings: $1.575 billion
  16. Washington Wizards: $1.55 billion
  17. Phoenix Suns: $1.5 billion
  18. Oklahoma City Thunder: $1.475 billion
  19. Utah Jazz: $1.425 billion
  20. Indiana Pacers: $1.4 billion
  21. Denver Nuggets: $1.375 billion
  22. Milwaukee Bucks: $1.35 billion
  23. Orlando Magic: $1.325 billion
  24. Atlanta Hawks: $1.3 billion
  25. Cleveland Cavaliers: $1.275 billion
  26. Detroit Pistons: $1.27 billion
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves: $1.26 billion
  28. Charlotte Hornets: $1.25 billion
  29. New Orleans Pelicans: $1.22 billion
  30. Memphis Grizzlies: $1.2 billion

The Sixers are this year’s big riser, moving from 21st on the 2018 list to 12th in 2019. Conversely, the Cavaliers fell the most. After losing LeBron James, Cleveland was the only franchise to see its valuation dip from year to year, as it decreased from $1.325 billion (15th) in 2018 to $1.275 billion (25th) in 2019.

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18 thoughts on “Forbes Releases 2019 NBA Franchise Valuations

  1. mafiaso316

    Crock of bullsh%t, how can a freaking perennial loser be worth that much???? You would think the Celtics and Fakers would be at the very top of the list.

    • Michael Chaney

      The huge New York market, Madison Square Garden, etc…you have to think way beyond just winning for a team’s financial value.

      Why do you think all the teams in big markets are at the top, and all the small markets are at the bottom?

  2. Valuation is about what the franchise is worth (inherently forward looking), not the team’s W/L record (inherently backward looking).

    IMO, the valuations of all the larger market franchises are systemically understated in these lists. Before Ballmer paid 2 B for the Clips, there wasn’t a single list that valued them at even 1 B (Forbes was on the high end at 850 MM). In the current asset bubble, I don’t think it would be any problem to get over 5 B for the Lakers. If the Knicks were put out to bid, separate from MSG’s other assets, the price would be closer to 10 B than 4 B. I don’t think that would be proportional down the line for the smaller market and less historical franchises.

    • x%sure

      Franchise valuations are so high, it’s been that way since the 80s, you think it can’t go higher but it always does.

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