Knicks top Forbes' most valuable NBA franchises list, Warriors jump to No. 2

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The New York Knicks have once again claimed the top spot on Forbes' list of most valuable NBA teams.

The Knicks led all franchises for the sixth straight year with an estimated value of $5 billion, up 9% from 2020. They become just the third sports team in the world to reach a worth of $5 billion, joining the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees.

There was some movement behind the Knicks, as the Golden State Warriors ($4.7 billion) moved up one spot to No. 2 and knocked the Los Angeles Lakers ($4.6 billion) to third. The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics finished fourth and five, respectively.

The NBA's average team value now sits at $2.2 billion - an increase of 4% from last year and the smallest gain since 2010, according to Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen and Mike Ozanian.

Here are the complete rankings:

RANK TEAM VALUE
1. New York Knicks $5 billion
2. Golden State Warriors $4.7 billion
3. Los Angeles Lakers $4.6 billion
4. Chicago Bulls $3.3 billion
5. Boston Celtics $3.2 billion
6. Los Angeles Clippers $2.75 billion
7. Brooklyn Nets $2.65 billion
8. Houston Rockets $2.5 billion
9. Dallas Mavericks $2.45 billion
10. Toronto Raptors $2.15 billion
11. Philadelphia 76ers $2.075 billion
12. Miami Heat $2 billion
13. Portland Trail Blazers $1.9 billion
14. San Antonio Spurs $1.85 billion
15. Sacramento Kings $1.825 billion
16. Washington Wizards $1.8 billion
17. Phoenix Suns $1.7 billion
18. Utah Jazz $1.66 billion
19. Denver Nuggets $1.65 billion
20. Milwaukee Bucks $1.625 billion
21. Oklahoma City Thunder $1.575 billion
22. Cleveland Cavaliers $1.56 billion
23. Indiana Pacers $1.55 billion
24. Atlanta Hawks $1.52 billion
25. Charlotte Hornets $1.5 billion
26. Orlando Magic $1.46 billion
27. Detroit Pistons $1.45 billion
28. Minnesota Timberwolves $1.4 billion
29. New Orleans Pelicans $1.35 billion
30. Memphis Grizzlies $1.3 billion
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