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How many NBA teams are there and what is the history of them?

A detailed look at the history of all the NBA teams.

how many nba teams are there

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How many NBA teams are there totally? If we look at the past 50 years, the NBA teams and/or franchises have had a rich history, starting with their origin and leading on to relocation and name changes.

Here is a history** of all the NBA teams, in alphabetic order, with a keen emphasis on their performance various avatars and performances in the league.

1. Atlanta Hawks

• Atlanta Hawks: 1968-69 to present; 3560 games, 28 playoff appearances

• St. Louis Hawks: 1955-68; 1005 games, 12 playoff appearances, 1 championship

• Milwaukee Hawks: 1951-55; 281 games

• Tri-Cities Blackhawks: 1949-51; 132 games, 1 playoff appearance

2. Boston Celtics

  1946-1947  to present – 5151 games; 50 playoff appearances, 17 championships

3. Brooklyn Nets

• New Jersey Nets (NBA): 1977-78 to 2011-12; 2822 games, 16 playoff appearances

• New York Nets (NBA): 1976-77, 82 games,

• New York Nets (ABA): 1968-76, 666 games, 7 playoff appearances, 2 ABA championships

• New Jersey Americans (ABA): 1967-68, 78 games

4. Charlotte Bobcats

2004-2005 to present; 640 games played. 1 play off appearance

5. Chicago Bulls

1966-1967 to present; 3723 games played, 31 playoff appearances, 6 NBA championships

6. Cleavland Cavliers

1970-71 to present; 3396 games played, 18 playoff appearances with no championship

7. Dallas Maverics

1980-1981  to present; 2576 games played, 18 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship

8. Denver Nuggets

• Denver Nuggets (NBA): 1976-77 to present; 2904 games, 23 playoff appearances

• Denver Nuggets (ABA): 1974-76; 168 games, 2 playoff appearances

• Denver Rockets (ABA): 1967-74; 576 games, 7 playoff appearances

9. Detroit Pistons

• Detroit Pistons: 1957-58 to present; 4421 games,  32 playoff appearances, 3 NBA championships

• Ft. Wayne Pistons: 1948-57; 619 games, 8 playoff appearances

10. Golden State Warriors

• Golden State Warriors: 1971-72 to present; 3314 games, 11 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship

• San Francisco Warriors: 1962-71; 729 games, 5 playoff appearances

• Philadelphia Warriors: 1946-62; 1103 games, 12 playoff appearances, 2 NBA championships

11. Houston Rockets

• Houston Rockets: 1971-72 to present; 3314 games, 25 playoff appearances, 2 NBA championships

• San Diego Rockets: 1967-71; 328 games, 1 playoff appearance

12. Indiana Pacers

• Indiana Pacers (NBA): 1976-77 to present; 2904 games, 20 playoff appearances

• Indiana Pacers (ABA): 1967-76; 744 games, 9 playoff appearances, 3 ABA championships

13. L.A. Clippers

• L.A. Clippers: 1984-85 to present; 2248 games, 5 playoff appearances

• San Diego Clippers: 1978-84; 492 games

• Buffalo Braves: 1970-78; 656 games, 3 playoff appearances

14. L.A. Lakers

• L.A. Lakers: 1960-61 to present; 4202 games, 48 playoff appearances, 11 NBA championships

• Minneapolis Lakers: 1948-60; 839 games, 11 playoff appearances, 5 NBA championships

15. Memphis Grizzlies

• Memphis Grizzlies: 2001-02 to present; 866 games played, 5 playoff appearances

• Vancouver Grizzlies: 1995-2001; 460 games played

16. Miami Heat

1988-1989 to present; 1920 games played, 16 playoff appearances, 2 NBA championships

17. Milwaukee Bucks

1968-1969 to present; 3560 games played, 26 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship won

18. Minnesota Timberwolves

1989-1990 to present; 1838 games played, 8 playoff appearances with no championship

19. New Orleans Hornets*

• New Orleans Hornets: 2002-05 & 2007-08 to present; 640 games, 5 playoff appearances

• New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets: 2005-07; 164 games

• Charlotte Hornets: 1988-2002; 1116 games, 7 playoff appearances

20. New York Knicks

1946-1947 to present; 5147 games played, 41 playoff appearances, 2 NBA championships

21. Oklahoma City Thunder

• Oklahoma City Thunder: 2008-20009 to present; 312 games, 3 playoff appearances

• Seattle Super Sonics: 1967-2008; 3330 games, 22 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship

22. Orlando Magic

1989-1990 to present; 1838 games played. 14 playoff appearances. No championships won.

23. Philadelphia 76ers

• Philadelphia 76ers: 1963-64 to present; 3963 games, 33 playoff appearances, 2 NBA championships

• Syracuse Nationals: 1949-63; 1013 games, 14 playoff appearances, 1NBA championship

24. Phoenix Suns

1968-1969 to present; 3560 games played, 29 playoff appearances, no championships won

25. Portland Trail Blazers

1970-1971 to present; 3396 games played, 29 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship

26. Sacramento Kings

• Sacramento Kings: 1985-86 to present; 2166 games, 10 playoff appearances

• Kansas City Kings: 1975-85; 820 games, 4 playoff appearances

• Kansas City-Omaha Kings: 1972-75; 246 games, 1 playoff appearance

• Cincinnati Royals: 1957-72; 1189 games, 7 playoff appearances

• Rochester Royals: 1948-57; 620 games, 7 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship

27. San Antonio Spurs

• San Antonio Spurs (NBA): 1976-77 to present; 2904 games, 32 playoff appearances, 4 NBA championships

• San Antonio Spurs (ABA): 1973-76; 252 games, 3 playoff appearances

• Texas Chaparrals (ABA): 1970-71; 84 games, 1 playoff appearance

• Dallas Chaparrals (ABA): 1967-70 & 1971-73; 408 games, 4 playoff appearances

28. Toronto Raptors

1995 – 1996 to present; 1346 games played, 5 playoff appearances, 0 championships won

29. Utah Jazz

• Utah Jazz: 1979-80 to present; 2658 games, 25 playoff appearances

• New Orleans Jazz: 1974-79; 410 games

30. Washington Wizards

• Washington Wizards: 1997-98 to present; 1182 games, 4 playoff appearances

• Washington Bullets: 1974-97; 1886 games, 13 playoff appearances, 1 NBA championship

• Capital Bullets: 1973-74; 82 games, 1 playoff appearance

• Baltimore Bullets: 1963-73; 813 games, 7 playoff appearances

• Chicago Zephyrs: 1962-63; 80 games

• Chicago Packers: 1961-62; 80 games


* New Orleans Hornets’ name is now changed to New Orleans Pelicians, as of 2013 – 2014 season

**All the data provided is up to the 2011 – 2012 season

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