Is Prokhorov Already the 12th Most Powerful Owner in the NBA?

NEW YORK - MAY 19: New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

SportsGrid is the newest spinoff of the PowerGrid system.  It uses algorithms to measure all manner of things, from media personalities to fashion styles.  Among its first rankings is that of NBA owners and according to SportsGrid, Mikhail Prokhorov is already the 12th most powerful NBA owner. 

The ranking is based on various metrics, including the team's Performance Value Rating, estimated team value, TV mentions and online buzz. Prokhorov ranks in the top 10 in news buzz (#2), blog buzz (#3), and search (#4).  What's holding things down is the team's perfomance ranking (#29) and team value (#28).  The Cavaliers' Dan Gilbert ranks #1 in the system, the Knicks' James Dolan #15.  The rankings are updated daily.

Here's another metric where Prokhorov has had an effect.  The Times reports that Nets have sold 1,300 new season tickets, 500 of them since Prokhorov arrived in New York and created a bit of a buzz.  That's still half of what the Knicks have sold this off-season.  One of the teams is likely to get a bigger boost, come July.

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