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Top 10 NBA Owners of 2014-15

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Top 10 NBA Owners of 2014-15

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This offseason has been one of the busiest in recent memory, and many NBA owners have been thrust into the limelight. For better or worse, ownership defines the quality of a franchise. They receive the credit when things go well, but they also receive the lion's share of the blame when the team struggles. Here are the top NBA owners of 2014-15, who have consistently provided the type of leadership NBA fans demand.

10. Larry Tanenbaum - Toronto Raptors

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10. Larry Tanenbaum - Toronto Raptors

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Tanenbaum is the Chairman for Toronto Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and serves as the Governor of the NBA for the Raptors. He also has a similar role for the Maple Leafs (NHL) and Toronto FC (MLS). By all accounts, Tanenbaum is a very hands-off owner who lets his management team do what they were hired to do -- manage. The Raptors are a team on the rise in the NBA thanks in large part to Tanenbaum’s hiring decisions.

9. Jerry Reinsdorf - Chicago Bulls

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9. Jerry Reinsdorf - Chicago Bulls

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Reinsdorf has been the owner and Chairman of the Bulls since 1985 and has obviously been at the helm of some of the most successful teams in NBA history. He has also experienced intense scrutiny for his decision to break up the core of that regime, but his front office decisions have also kept the Bulls competitive year after year. Reinsdorf, who also owns the White Sox, has reinvigorated the Bulls franchise under John Paxson and Tom Thibodeau.

8. Mikhail Prokhorov - Brooklyn Nets

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8. Mikhail Prokhorov - Brooklyn Nets

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Prokhorov is insanely rich, and since taking over the majority stake of the Nets in 2010, he has had his team at the top of the salary cap each year. Although it hasn’t necessarily amounted to the desired success on the court, he provides Brooklyn fans hope and does what every fan hopes and expects from the owners of their favorite team: spend baby spend.

7. Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber - Golden State Warriors

Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber
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7. Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber - Golden State Warriors

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It was tough for me to include them on this list, because I was so adamantly opposed to their dismissal of Mark Jackson as the Warriors head coach. But at the end of the day, they show they aren’t afraid to make decisions they feel are truly in the interest of the franchise as a whole. This is a cutthroat business, and I appreciate an ownership group that isn’t afraid to make tough decisions.

6. Herb Simon - Indiana Pacers

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6. Herb Simon - Indiana Pacers

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Herb Simon and his brother Mel purchased the Pacers in 1983, and Herb took over full ownership when his brother died in 2009. Recently, Herb signed an agreement with the city of Indianapolis to keep the Pacers in town for another decade, and since turning over basketball operations to local legend Larry Bird, his franchise has experienced a resurgence. That said, next year will be make or break for the Pacers.

5. Les Alexander - Houston Rockets

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5. Les Alexander - Houston Rockets

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Since taking over ownership of the Rockets in 1993, he has brought the city two NBA titles and was named the Forbes owner of the year in 2008. He brought in Dwight Howard and James Harden last season and made a serious attempt at nabbing the big-name free agents in this summer’s class. Although he failed to do so, he showed the city of Houston that he means business, and that is really all you can ask.

4. Wyc Grousbeck - Boston Celtics

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4. Wyc Grousbeck - Boston Celtics

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Grousbeck, along with his father, founded a private investment group that purchased the Celtics in 2002. Since then, he has brought the city of Boston their 17th NBA championship and a return to prominence. Although the past few seasons have been a disappointment, he has shown faith in Danny Ainge to essentially tear it down and rebuild, which sometimes is the best and only option.

3. Micky Arison - Miami Heat

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3. Micky Arison - Miami Heat

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A common theme on this list is an owner who hires the right executive and lets them do their thing. Arison, who has owned the Heat since 1995, placed his trust in Pat Riley, and Riley has delivered, winning one championship as a head coach and two as an executive. Faced with an impossible dilemma this offseason, when they lost the best player on the planet, they have done an admirable job in re-stacking their roster to remain competitive.

2. Peter Holt - San Antonio Spurs

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2. Peter Holt - San Antonio Spurs

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It was extremely tough not to put Holt No. 1 on this list, as his franchise has been the epitome of excellence since their first championship in 1999. It is almost inconceivable that an organization in a mid-size market could have the success that the Spurs have had, and that is in no small part due to Holt’s contribution and confidence in Gregg Popovich. San Antonio is lucky to have a man like Holt running their beloved team.

1. Mark Cuban - Dallas Mavericks

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1. Mark Cuban - Dallas Mavericks

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Mark Cuban is someone you either love or hate, and I happen to love his style. He is without question the most involved and visible owner of any NBA team, but it is obvious that he loves, and I mean loves, his Mavericks. He bleeds Mavericks blue and has consistently had his team in contention for championships, winning their first in 2011. He is the epitome of what an owner should be: fully invested, competitive and willing to spend.