Hawks guard Trae Young welcomes fans to State Farm Arena for this season’s home opener Oct. 26, 2019. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Hawks have more than doubled in value under Ressler

The Hawks have more than doubled in value since the group led by Tony Ressler bought the team five years ago

That’s based on Forbes’ annual estimate of NBA franchise valuations, released Tuesday

The Hawks are now worth $1.52 billion, according to the study -- up 17% from the $1.3 billion estimated by Forbes a year ago and up 108% from the $730 million price paid by Ressler’s group in 2015. 

The increase has been driven in part by the renovation of State Farm Arena and rising league-wide revenue. 

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Still, the Hawks rank only 23rd among the 30 NBA teams in valuation, according to Forbes. League-wide, teams increased 14% in value in the past year to an average of $2.12 billion. 

The study calculated that three teams are worth more than $4 billion – the New York Knicks ($4.63 billion), Los Angeles Lakers ($4.4 billion) and Golden State Warriors ($4.3 billion).

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