Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been eras where certain teams have been the spotlight for the NBA’s success and growth. Teams like the Boston Celtics in the '60s, the Pistons in the '80s and the Bulls in the '90s each played their roles in turning the NBA into a worldwide spectacle.
While every team can be considered important, there are of course teams that have done more than others. The following ranks all 30 NBA teams based on their importance to the NBA both currently and historically. The rankings are based on three factors: their success throughout history (playoff appearances, championships, etc.), the team’s importance to their city/state and also the monetary value of each team.
I have also included a player representative for each team.