Complete List Of NBA Teams By Conference and Division

Complete List Of NBA Teams By Conference and Division

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Established in 1946, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has become a dominant sports institution, showcasing the world’s best basketball talent. The NBA is composed of 30 teams. These teams are divided between two conferences, the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, each further divided into three divisions. Below is a comprehensive list of NBA teams, categorized by their respective conferences and divisions.

Eastern Conference:

Atlantic Division:

  1. Boston Celtics
  2. Brooklyn Nets
  3. New York Knicks
  4. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Toronto Raptors

Central Division:

  1. Chicago Bulls
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Indiana Pacers
  5. Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast Division:

  1. Atlanta Hawks
  2. Charlotte Hornets
  3. Miami Heat
  4. Orlando Magic
  5. Washington Wizards

Western Conference:

Northwest Division:

  1. Denver Nuggets
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves
  3. Oklahoma City Thunder
  4. Portland Trail Blazers
  5. Utah Jazz

Pacific Division:

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Los Angeles Clippers
  3. Los Angeles Lakers
  4. Phoenix Suns
  5. Sacramento Kings

Southwest Division:

  1. Dallas Mavericks
  2. Houston Rockets
  3. Memphis Grizzlies
  4. New Orleans Pelicans
  5. San Antonio Spurs

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was established in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) before merging with its rival, the National Basketball League (NBL), in 1949 to form the NBA. The conference and divisional structure of the NBA has undergone various changes and reorganizations since its inception.

Origins and Early Years (1946-1970):

In its inaugural season, the BAA started with 11 teams divided into two divisions: the Eastern Division and the Western Division. After the merger with the NBL in 1949, the league expanded to 17 teams, and reorganized into three divisions: Eastern, Central, and Western. The league fluctuated in size due to financial instability, but by 1954, it stabilized at 8 teams, later expanding to 9 in 1950.

Divisional Realignment (1970-2004):

In 1970, the NBA was restructured into two conferences, each with two divisions. The Eastern Conference consisted of the Atlantic and Central Divisions, while the Western Conference comprised the Midwest and Pacific Divisions. The league continued to expand during this period, adding several new teams and occasionally adjusting divisions to accommodate growth.

Introduction of the Southeast and Southwest Divisions (2004-Present):

In 2004, the NBA grew to its current 30-team lineup and realigned into six divisions. The Eastern Conference now included the Atlantic, Central, and Southeast Divisions, while the Western Conference consisted of the Northwest, Pacific, and Southwest Divisions.

 

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