National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league. It is composed of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) and is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
The NBA was formed in 1949 after the merger of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and National Basketball League (NBL). Although the NBA does not include the NBL's history as part of its own, this site does.
The NBA merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976, resulting in the addition of four franchises.
The NBA originated in 1946 with 11 teams, and through a sequence of team expansions, reductions, and relocations, currently consists of 30 teams. The United States is home to 29 teams; another is in Canada.
The current league organization divides 30 teams into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each. The current divisional alignment was introduced in the 2004-05 season. Reflecting the population distribution of the United States and Canada as a whole, most teams are in the eastern half of the country: 13 teams are in the Eastern Time Zone, nine in the Central, three in the Mountain, and five in the Pacific.
|Division||Team||Location||Arena||Founded||First League Season|
|Atlantic||Boston Celtics||Boston, Massachusetts||TD Garden||June 6, 1946||1946-47|
|Brooklyn Nets||New York City, New York||Barclays Center||1967*||1976|
|New York Knicks||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||June 6, 1946||1946-47|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Wells Fargo Center||1946*||1949|
|Toronto Raptors||Toronto, Ontario||Scotiabank Arena||November 4, 1993||1995-96|
|Central||Chicago Bulls||Chicago, Illinois||United Center||January 16, 1966||1966-67|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Cleveland, Ohio||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse||February 6, 1970||1970-71|
|Detroit Pistons||Detroit, Michigan||Little Caesars Arena||1941*||1948|
|Indiana Pacers||Indianapolis, Indiana||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||February 2, 1967||1967-68|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Fiserv Forum||January 22, 1968||1968-69|
|Southeast||Atlanta Hawks||Atlanta, Georgia||State Farm Arena||1946*||1949|
|Charlotte Hornets||Charlotte, North Carolina||Spectrum Center||April 22, 1987||1988-89|
|Miami Heat||Miami, Florida||American Airlines Arena||April 22, 1987||1988-89|
|Orlando Magic||Orlando, Florida||Amway Center||April 22, 1987||1989-90|
|Washington Wizards||Washington, D.C.||Capital One Arena||1961*|
|Northwest||Denver Nuggets||Denver, Colorado||Pepsi Center||April 1, 1967 (ABA)||1967-68 (ABA) / 1976-77 (NBA)|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Target Center||April 22, 1987||1989-90|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Chesapeake Energy Arena||December 20, 1966||1967-68|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Portland, Oregon||Moda Center||February 6, 1970||1970-71|
|Utah Jazz||Salt Lake City, Utah||Vivint Smart Home Arena||1974*|
|Pacific||Golden State Warriors||San Francisco, California||Chase Center||June 6, 1946||1946-47|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center||February 6, 1970||1970-71|
|Los Angeles Lakers||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center||1947*||1948|
|Phoenix Suns||Phoenix, Arizona||PHX Arena||January 22, 1968||1968-69|
|Sacramento Kings||Sacramento, California||Golden 1 Center||1923*||1948|
|Southwest||Dallas Mavericks||Dallas, Texas||American Airlines Center||February 2, 1980||1980-81|
|Houston Rockets||Houston, Texas||Toyota Center||Janaury 11, 1967||1967-68|
|Memphis Grizzlies||Memphis, Tennessee||FedExForum||April 27, 1994||1995-96|
|New Orleans Pelicans||New Orleans, Louisiana||Smoothie King Center||2002*|
|San Antonio Spurs||San Antonio, Texas||AT&T Center||1967*||1976|