The most popular NBA teams tend to make more money thanless popular organizations. This list includes the ten most valuable teams in the NBA.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors has accumulated value since its founding in 1946. Originally based in Philadelphia, the team relocated to San Francisco in 1962 and moved across the bay to Oakland in the early 1970s. The team plans to move to a new 18,000-seat arena in Mission Bay by the 20182019 season.

The team is worth about $1.3 billion, a 93 percent improvement from the previous year. You can stay updated on each of the Warriors' upcoming games and other developing teams by reading about them on

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat wasn't founded until 1988, yet the team is worth about $1.18 billion. Much of that money has come from the Heat's ability to attract extremely talented players that fans want to watch live. Some of the most popular players for the team include:
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Dwayne Wade
- LeBron James
- Gary Payton

Houston Rockets

Originally from San Diego, the Rockets moved to Houston in 1971. The team was nearly unbeatable from 1993 to 1995. Since then, they have had moments of success followed by longer periods of rebuilding. The team started a resurgence after altering its roster in 2012. The Houston Rockets are currently worth about $1.25 billion.

Los Angeles Lakers

Forbes ranked the Los Angeles Lakers as the NBA's most valuable team. As of 2015, the Lakers is worth about $2.6 billion. The team has an operating income of about $104 million and revenue totaling $293 million. Considering that the team's roster has included Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, and Shaquille O'Neal, it's no wonder that the organization makes so much money.

New York Knicks

Worth about $2.5 billion, the New York Knicks is the second-most valuable NBA team. Unlike nearly all NBA teams, the Knicks is one of the few teams that still play in its home city. The Knicks had a lot of success between 1936 and 2000. The team struggled to rebuild a solid roster with help from Donnie Walsh, a former president for the Indiana Pacers. The hard work is starting to pay off and attract some of the most talented young players.

Chicago Bulls

The years that Michael Jordan spent playing with the Chicago Bulls helped the organization thrive athletically and financially. Today, the Bulls team is worth about $2 billion, making it one of the three most valuable teams in the NBA. The team hasn't been as exciting the last few years, but you still cannot talk about professional basketball without mentioning the Bulls.

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets, worth about $1.5 billion, were based in Teaneck, New Jersey before moving to Long Island and finally settling in Brooklyn. In a town with so many athletic teams, the Nets still manage to attract plenty of fans.

Boston Celtics

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The Celtics have been based in Boston since its founding in 1946. Through ups and downs, Boston has never abandoned the Celtics. That could help explain why the team is valued at $1.7 billion. It also doesn't hurt that the Celtics have won more championships than any other NBA team. Only the Lakers franchise comes close to matching Boston's 17 league championship wins.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers are worth $1.6 billion. The most impressive thing about the team, though, is that it increased its value by 178 percent over the last year. That's more than any team on this list. If the team continues to grow at this rate, it could quickly turn into one of the most valuable teams in NBA history.

Dallas Mavericks

At $1.15 billion, Dallas is the least valuable team on the list. Considering that the list only includes the top 10 teams, though, last place is still very good. The team's value increased by 50 percent between 2014 and 2015. Considering that the average team's value went up by 72 percent, it's unlikely that the Mavericks will move up the list anytime soon.

Are you surprised that any of these teams have such high values? Which one surprises you most?