THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS FALLS TO 3RD IN FRANCHISE VALUATION RANKINGS BEHIND THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS FALLS TO 3RD IN FRANCHISE VALUATION RANKINGS BEHIND THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Warriors pass Lakers as second-most valuable NBA franchise in Forbes’ latest evaluations

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For the 2018-19 season, the Los Angeles Lakers were listed as #2 of the most valuable NBA franchise list made by Forbes. A year later, the Jeanie Buss-led franchise now found themselves sitting on the third spot even after winning the 2020 NBA Championship back in October.

By the end of the 2019-20 season, the Purple and Gold were listed to have a valuation of $4.600 billion with an operating income of $155 million. The Lakers now trail the Golden State Warriors led by Joe Lacob who took the second spot in the list with a valuation of $4.700 billion along with an operating income of $200 million.

Topping the list is the James Dolan-owned New York Knicks that are estimated to have a valuation of $500 billion and a $178 million operating income.

According to Forbes, the team valuations were calculated using revenue multiples which are based on the franchise’s current arena deal. The enterprise value of the teams is expected to change after the 2019-20 season in the event that a new media deal or a sponsorship agreement was acquired in the year prior.

It has been a tough season for the league as teams are still trying to recuperate from the financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, team values only gained an average of a 4% increase which is the smallest since the 2010 season. Nonetheless, teams based in prime destinations like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are expected to remain as attractive assets for the years to come. The Lakers value is expected to rise as well.

The numbers are expected to increase once the league and its teams get to fully recover from their losses. Having a limited number of fans in attendance during games certainly serves as a step in the right direction for the teams amid the current situation.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been the crown jewel of the NBA for decades, but according to Forbes’ annual franchise valuations, that might be changing. The Lakers and New York Knicks have traded the top spot on the list back and forth since its inception, but this year, a new challenger has broken their stranglehold at the top of the list. The Knicks remain at No. 1 with a $5 billion valuation, but the Lakers have fallen to No. 3. They are currently valued at $4.6 billion. Coming in at No. 2? The Golden State Warriors, who are worth $4.7 billion.

So what is behind this changing of the guard? There are a few possible factors. The population of the Bay Area is rising, while it has declined in each of the past three years in Los Angeles. The Warriors have steadily become a more recognizable global brand over the past decade as Stephen Curry has grown into an all-time great, whereas the Lakers have had so many superstars over the years that the presence of LeBron James does not materially change their reputation. But the single factor most responsible for the Warriors leapfrogging the Lakers is their respective arenas.

NBA revenues

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For the 2019/20 season, all NBA teams generated combined revenues of almost 7.92 billion U.S. dollars – regular season ticketing accounted for just under 20 percent of the total. The Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks were the NBA franchises that generated the most revenue, with 474 million U.S. dollars and 421 million U.S. dollars in revenue respectively. The New York Knicks are also the most valuable franchise out of the 30 teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of 2020, the team’s value was five billion U.S. dollars, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers, valued only 300 million less than the Knicks. The average franchise value in the NBA registered a significant growth between 2014 and 2020, rising from 634 million U.S. dollars to over 2.2 billion U.S. dollars in the period.

How much each NBA team is worth in 2021:

  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

Golden State Warriors

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2020–21 Golden State Warriors season
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Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1946
History Philadelphia Warriors
1946–1962
San Francisco Warriors
1962–1971
Golden State Warriors
1971–present[1][2][3]
Arena Chase Center
Location San Francisco, California
Team colors Royal blue, yellow[4][5]
   
Main sponsor Rakuten[6]
President Rick Welts
General manager Bob Myers
Head coach Steve Kerr
Ownership Joe Lacob (majority)
Peter Guber
Affiliation(s) Santa Cruz Warriors
Championships 6 (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Conference titles 6 (1975, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Division titles 12 (1948, 1951, 1956, 1964, 1967, 1975, 1976, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Retired numbers 6 (13, 14, 16, 17, 24, 42)
Website www.nba.com/warriors
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The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in San Francisco. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and took the city’s name, before changing its geographic moniker to Golden State in 1971. The club plays its home games at the Chase Center.

The Warriors won the inaugural Basketball Association of America (BAA) championship in 1947, and won again in 1956, led by Hall of Fame trio Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, and Neil Johnston. After the trade of star Wilt Chamberlain in January 1965, the team finished the 1964–65 season with the NBA’s worst record (17–63). Their rebuilding period was brief due in large part to the Warriors drafting of Rick Barry four months after the trade. In 1975, star players Barry and Jamaal Wilkes powered the Warriors to their third championship, widely considered one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.

The team struggled in the 1980s, then became playoff regulars at the turn of the decade with stars Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin, nicknamed “Run TMC“. The team returned to championship glory in 2015, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green; they won again in 2017 and 2018, with the help of former MVP Kevin Durant.

Nicknamed the Dubs as a shortening of “W’s”, the Warriors hold several NBA records: best regular season, most wins in a season (regular season and postseason combined), and best postseason run. Curry and Thompson are generally considered among the greatest backcourts of all time.[9][10] Only the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have more NBA championships. The Warriors are the SECOND most valuable NBA franchise and the FOURTH-highest valued sports franchise in the world, with an estimated value of $4.7 billion.

Stephen Curry

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No. 30 – Golden State Warriors
Position Point guard
League NBA
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Born March 14, 1988 (age 33)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
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High school Charlotte Christian
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
College Davidson (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–present Golden State Warriors
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Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II (/ˈstɛfən/ STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988[1]) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Many analysts and players have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history.[2] He is credited with revolutionizing the game of basketball by inspiring teams to regularly utilize the three-point shot.[3][4][5] A seven-time NBA All-Star, Curry has been named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice and has won three NBA championships with the Warriors.

The son of former NBA player Dell and older brother of current NBA player Seth, Curry played college basketball for the Davidson Wildcats. He set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference and was twice named the conference’s player of the year. During his sophomore year, Curry also set the single-season NCAA record for three-pointers made, and was then selected by the Warriors with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

In 2014–15, Curry won his first MVP award and led the Warriors to their first championship since 1975. The following season, he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90. That same year, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season en route to reaching the 2016 NBA Finals, which they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Curry helped the Warriors return to the NBA Finals in 2017, 2018 and 2019, winning back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018, before being defeated by the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

During the 2012–13 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season, with 272. He surpassed that record in 2015 with 286, and again in 2016 with 402. He is currently second in all-time made three-pointers in NBA history. Curry and teammate Klay Thompson have earned the nickname of the Splash Brothers; in 2013–14, they set the record for combined three-pointers in an NBA season with 484, a record they broke the following season (525), and again in the 2015–16 season (678).

Golden State Warriors retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Date
13 Wilt Chamberlain C 1959–1965 1 December 29, 1999
14 Tom Meschery F 1961–1967 2 October 13, 1967
16 Al Attles G 1960–1971 3 February 10, 1977
17 Chris Mullin G/F 1985–1997
2000–2001 4
March 12, 2012[139]
24 Rick Barry F 1965–1967
1972–1978
March 18, 1988
42 Nate Thurmond C 1963–1974 March 8, 1978
Golden State Warriors Hall of Famers
Players
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
17 Andy Phillip G/F 1950–1953 1961 00 Robert Parish C 1976–1980 2003
14 Tom Gola F/G 1955–1962 1976 17 Chris Mullin 1 G/F 1985–1997
2000–2001
2011
10 Joe Fulks F 1946–1954 1978 41 Jamaal Wilkes F 1974–1977 2012
11 Paul Arizin F/G 1950–1962 1978 50 Ralph Sampson C/F 1987–1989 2012
13 Wilt Chamberlain C 1959–1965 1978 30 Bernard King F 1980–1982 2013
16 Jerry Lucas 2 F/C 1969–1971 1980 25 Guy Rodgers G 1958–1966 2014
42 Nate Thurmond F/C 1963–1974 1985 23 Mitch Richmond G 1988–1991 2014
24 Rick Barry F 1965–1967
1972–1978
1987 13 Šarūnas Marčiulionis G 1989–1994 2014
6 Neil Johnston C 1951–1959 1990 10 Jo Jo White G 1979–1980 2015

 

Contributors
Name Position Tenure Inducted Name Position Tenure Inducted
Eddie Gottlieb Founder
Owner
1946–1962 1972 Rick Welts President 2011–present 2018
Pete Newell 3 Scout 1977–1984 1979 16 Al Attles Player
Coach
Executive
1960–present 2019
Career Leaders
Category Player Statistics
Games played Chris Mullin 807
Points Wilt Chamberlain 17,783
Rebounds Nate Thurmond 12,771
Assists Stephen Curry 4,856
Steals Chris Mullin 1,360
Blocks Adonal Foyle 1,140
Field goals Wilt Chamberlain 7,216
FG percentage Andris Biedriņš .594
3P FGs Stephen Curry 2,675
3P FG Percentage Anthony Morrow .460
Free throws Paul Arizin 5,010
FT percentage Stephen Curry .907
Triple-doubles Draymond Green 26
Points per game Wilt Chamberlain 41.5
Rebounds per game Wilt Chamberlain 25.1
Assists per game Tim Hardaway 9.3
Steals per game Rick Barry 2.3
Blocks per game Manute Bol 3.7

Individual awards

All-NBA First Team

All-NBA Second Team

All-NBA Third Team

NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

NBA All-Rookie First Team

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

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