The semi-final games at the NBA2K tournament with a total of 16 NBA professionals are up.
In the quarterfinals, Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns) prevailed against Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).
While Ayton gambled with the Los Angeles Clippers, Young chose city rival Lakers and also supported his choice optically. The Point Guard played the video game at home with a shirt by the late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, on which a yellow heart and Bryant’s numbers 8 and 24 could be seen.
The clubs from the NBA set a record last year with sales of $ 8.8 billion (around eight billion euros), according to the business magazine “Forbes”. But which team is the most valuable? SPORT1 shows the ranking
PLACE 30 – MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES ($ 1.3 billion): With Dillon Brooks (photo), Ja Morant and Co., the grizzlies are currently spraying some sporting fun again – in the Forbes ranking, however, it is only enough for the red lantern
PLACE 29 – NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (1.35 billion): With Zion Williamson, the Pelicans have THE new basketball attraction in their ranks. New Orleans may also climb a little higher in the table of values in the future
28th place – MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (1.375 billion): Karl-Anthony Towns has had to show a similar face more often lately, his Timberwolves are again a disappointment as the penultimate in the West. The 28th rank fits here too
PLACE 27 – ORLANDO MAGIC (1.43 billion): Markelle Fultz (right) gets his career going again at Orlando. The playoffs are within reach again. However, there is little to be felt in the Forbes ranking
SPACE 26 – DETROIT PISTONS (1.45 billion): Dark expression on Derrick Rose. The previous MVP is playing a strong season, but the playoffs are still going nowhere. And the team from the Autostadt is also one of the franchises with the least value
25TH PLACE – CHARLOTTE HORNETS (1.5 billion): The Hornets also recorded a whopping 20 percent increase in value because co-owner Michael Jordan sold 20 percent of the shares in Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim
24TH PLACE – CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (1.51 billion): The fat years have passed in Cleveland since LeBron James’ departure. Nevertheless, the value increased by 18 percent compared to the previous year
23rd place – ATLANTA HAWKS (1.52 billion): The value of the Hawks around the new face Trae Young (left) also rose significantly (+17 percent), although the sporting success did not materialize for the time being
PLACE 22 – INDIANA PACERS (1.525 billion): In April 2019, the Pacers agreed with the city of Indianapolis on a new contract for 25 years. This also includes renovating and expanding the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This should go hand in hand with an increase in value in the future
PLACE 21 – UTAH JAZZ (1.55 billion): Slowly but surely, jazz is becoming a heavyweight in the West. The increased TV ratings also speak a clear language in this direction
PLACE 20 – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (1.575 billion): The team led by Dennis SchrOder recorded only the second smallest increase in value. The departure of Paul George and Russell Westbrook in the summer certainly doesn’t help in this regard either
PLACE 19 – MILWAUKEE BUCKS (1.58 billion): With Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks may have the best NBA player in their ranks, and they are the top favorite in the East. For a corresponding placement in the Forbes ranking, however, a few titles would probably have to be available
PLACE 18 – DENVER NUGGETS (1.6 billion): The nuggets will remain in Denver until at least 2040, the company agreed with mega-owner Stan Kroenke. A new sponsor may be making new money for the arena
PLACE 17 – PHOENIX SUNS (1.625 billion): In the past four years, Phoenix had the worst record in the league overall. The local TV ratings were the fifth worst of the NBA in 2018/19, and fewer and fewer viewers came to the hall. Will renovation of the arena help until season 21/22?
PLACE 16 – WASHINGTON WIZARDS (1.75 billion): The team around Mo Wagner (picture) has problems with sports, but the draft coup around the Japanese Rui Hachimura at least opens up new (economic) sources
PLACE 15 – SACRAMENTO KINGS (1.775 billion): The Golden 1 Center also brings a lot of money to the owners through countless concerts. In the field, a return to old successes would not be wrong either
14th place – SAN ANTONIO SPURS (1.8 billion): The Spurs are a rock solid franchise that stands for success. After 22 years of playoffs in a row, however, early vacation threatens this year. But the Forbes ranking won’t go down that quickly
PLACE 13 – PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (1.85 billion): In the largest of the market, the blazers belong to the lower third of the NBA. That it still suffices to place 13 is also due to the successful playoff run by Damian Lillard (picture) & Co. in the previous year
12th place – MIAMI HEAT (1.95 billion): With Jimmy Butler, the Heat have another star in their ranks who inspires the fans. The audience ratings go up, the arena has been sold out since 2009 anyway
PLACE 11 – PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (2 billion): A 21 percent increase (second largest value in the league) made the 76ers around Center Joel Embiid (photo) climb to eleventh. This is also due to the greatest audience response
PLACE 10 – TORONTO RAPTORS (2.1 billion): The 2019 NBA title including twelve playoff home games brought the greatest increase in value in the entire league (+ 25%) and the two billion mark. The sale of the arenas naming rights also helped
9th place – DALLAS MAVERICKS (2.4 billion): It has looked sporty since the 2011 NBA title (not a winning playoff series), but Luka Doncic saw the greatest increase in the ratings of a local TV station at FS Southwest . Dallas will be in the top ten
8th place – HOUSTON ROCKETS (2.475 billion): The China affair with GM Daryl Morey in the summer got the franchise off to a great start. Chinese sponsors and partners turned away. In the future, this could also be reflected in the value of the Rockets
7th place – BROOKLYN NETS (2.5 billion): Who has the smallest increase in value of the NBA, according to Forbes? The Brooklyn Nets (+ 6%)! In recent years, however, things have already risen sharply, with Kyrie Irving and the currently injured Kevin Durant soon also sporting successes
6th place – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2.6 billion): The clippers are on the hunt! With Paul George (left) and Kawhi Leonard (right) they attack the supremacy in L.A. and the title. A separate arena is to be built in Inglewood. The Forbes ranking will continue to rise (+ 18% compared to 2018)
5TH BOSTON CELTICS (3.2 billion): Although the 11 percent increase to 2018 is not enormous, the Celtics break the three billion mark for the first time. This is also due to the expansion and renovation of the TD Garden
SPACE 4 – CHICAGO BULLS (3.2 billion): The Bulls recorded only a 10 percent increase, the lowest figure among the top six. That is certainly also due to the sporty, meager years of the traditional franchise
PLACE 3 – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (4.3 billion): The Warriors dynasty is over, but the value of the franchise is higher than ever. This is also due to the move to the new arena, the “Chase Center” in San Francisco
PLACE 2 – LOS ANGELES LAKERS (4.4 billion): The arrival of LeBron James last year brought the Lakers into new spheres. Thanks to a 19 percent increase in value, the Lakers also break the four billion barrier
PLACE 1 – NEW YORK KNICKS (4.6 billion): From a purely sporting point of view, the Knicks are a heap of rubble, the playoffs were last reached in 2013. And yet for the fifth year in a row they are the most valuable team with a 15 percent increase. Thanks to the location in New York, an expensive renovation of Madison Square Garden and a large local TV contract
Despite strong campaigns with the Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Young was beaten 66:73 in the end.
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Duel between Suns and Clippers in the semi-finals
Devin Booker (also Suns) and Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley from the Los Angeles Clippers are also in the semi-finals.
The round of the best four takes place on Sunday night, with Booker meeting Harrell and Ayton Beverley.
The winner will receive $ 100,000 from the NBA, NBAPA and 2K, which they can donate to a corona aid of their choice. NBA2K is a very popular eSports title, particularly in the United States, where the United States-based NBA2K League is the non-plus-ultra for fans of virtual basketball.