List of NBA Basketball Teams

How Did The NBA Start?

Until 1949, American basketball was split between two organizations, the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League. The two joined together to create the league we know today, the National Basketball Association (NBA). Beginning in the fall and ending in the early summer, teams play 82 season games each year and those that qualify get a chance to play in the postseason.

Basketball teams within the NBA are also known as franchises. Franchises are valuable organizations that consist of coaches, players, and management. Each team belongs to a North American city, has a mascot and team colors. Throughout the season, these franchises try to build a successful team through the draft, free agent signings, and trades with the goal of winning the NBA Finals.

NBA Structure

The NBA is divided into two conferences called the Western Conference and Eastern Conference. Each conference consists of 15 teams and 3 divisions with five teams per division. The NBA divided the teams into 2 conferences in 1971, giving the league the basic structure it still has to this day.

In postseason play, these teams play within their conferences and determine an Eastern and Western conference champion. The Eastern and Western Conference Champions then play in a best of seven series called the NBA Finals to determine the NBA Champion. Since the creation of conferences, the West edges out the East with 26 titles compared to 22.

NBA List Of Teams

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

New York Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers

Toronto Raptors

Central Division

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks

Southeast Division

Atlanta Hawks

Charlotte Hornets

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Washington Wizards

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Western Conference

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets

Minnesota Timberwolves

Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers

Utah Jazz

Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors

Los Angeles Clippers

Los Angeles Lakers

Phoenix Suns

Sacramento Kings

Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks

Houston Rockets

Memphis Grizzlies

New Orleans Pelicans

San Antonio Spurs

Complete List Of NBA Teams

Here is a complete list of NBA teams sorted alphabetically

  1. Atlanta Hawks
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Brooklyn Nets
  4. Charlotte Hornets
  5. Chicago Bulls
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers
  7. Dallas Mavericks
  8. Denver Nuggets
  9. Detroit Pistons
  10. Golden State Warriors
  11. Houston Rockets
  12. Indiana Pacers
  13. LA Clippers
  14. Los Angeles Lakers
  15. Memphis Grizzlies
  16. Miami Heat
  17. Milwaukee Bucks
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves
  19. New Orleans Pelicans
  20. New York Knicks
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder
  22. Orlando Magic
  23. Philadelphia 76ers
  24. Phoenix Suns
  25. Portland Trailblazers
  26. Sacramento Kings
  27. San Antonio Spurs
  28. Toronto Raptors
  29. Utah Jazz
  30. Washington Wizards

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