“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jeffrey Jordan

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the world’s most known men’s professional basketball league. It is considered as the leading professional basketball all over the world and was acknowledged in the United States as the national governing body for basketball. Out of all major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, NBA is on top 4 of it with the NBA players considered as the world’s best-paid athletes.

History

Before NBA was born, Basketball Association of America (BAA) first existed. It is a professional basketball league in North America that was founded on June 6, 1946 in the city of New York. National Basketball League (NBL), BAA’s competing professional basketball league, decided to merge and was able to create National Basketball Association (NBA) on August 3, 1949.

It first had 17 teams that represent both small and large cities throughout the country but a sudden drop of teams and fans support happened in the late 1950s, with only eight teams remaining. In the year 1954-1955, they have decided to change the game by having the 24-second clock, making it a faster-paced play. Through this, the game became more fun to watch. Fans returned and had a lot of new teams. The NBA now became more successful with 30 franchises, and millions and millions of fans supporting 30 different teams during playoffs.

NBA’s first president, Maurice Podoloff emblazoned the NBA MVP trophy.

Teams

NBA Team Chronology
Team
History
ATLANTA HAWKS Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1949-50)
Milwaukee Hawks (1951-54)
St. Louis Hawks (1955-67)
Atlanta Hawks (1968-2017)
BOSTON CELTICS (1946-47-present)
BROOKLYN NETS Brooklyn Nets (2012-2017)
New Jersey Nets (1977-2011)
New York Nets (1976-1976)
Brooklyn Nets (1976-present)
CHARLOTTE HORNETS Charlotte Hornets (1988-2017)
Charlotte Bobcats (2004-2013)
Charlotte Hornets (1988-present)
CHICAGO BULLS (1966-67-present)
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (1970-71-present)
DALLAS MAVERICKS (1980-81-present)
DENVER NUGGETS (1976-77-present)
DETROIT PISTONS Detroit Pistons (1957-2017)
Fort Wayne Pistons (1948-57)
Detroit Pistons (1957-present)
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS Philadelphia Warriors (1946-61)
San Francisco Warriors (1962-70)
Golden State Warriors (1971-2017)
Golden State Warriors (1946-present)
HOUSTON ROCKETS San Diego Rockets (1967-70)
Houston Rockets (1971-2017)
Houston Rockets (1967-present)
INDIANA PACERS (1976-present)
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS Buffalo Braves (1970-77)
San Diego Clippers (1978-83)
Los Angeles Clippers (1984-2014)
LA Clippers (2015-2017)
LA Clippers (1970-present)
LOS ANGELES LAKERS Minneapolis Lakers (1948-1959)
Los Angeles Lakers (1960-2017)
Los Angeles Lakers (1948-present)
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-2000)
Memphis Grizzlies (2001-2017)
Memphis Grizzlies (1995-present)
MIAMI HEAT (1988-present)
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (1968-present)
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (1989-present)
NEW JERSEY NETS New York Nets (1976-77)
New Jersey Nets (1977-present)
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS Charlotte Pelicans (2013-2017)
New Orleans Hornets (2002-2012)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-2006)
New Orleans Pelicans (2002-present)
NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS (1946-present)
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-2017)
Seattle Supersonics (1967-2007)
Oklahoma City Thunder (1967-present)
ORLANDO MAGIC (1989-present)
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS Syracuse Nationals (1949-62)
Philadelphia 76ers (1963-2017)
Philadelphia 76ers (1949-present)
PHOENIX SUNS (1968-present)
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (1970-present)
SACRAMENTO KINGS Rochester Royals (1948-56)
Cincinnati Royals (1957-71)
Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1972-74)
Kansas City Kings (1975-84)
Sacramento Kings (1985-2017)
Sacramento Kings (1948-present)
SAN ANTONIO SPURS (1976-present)
TORONTO RAPTORS (1995-present)
UTAH JAZZ New Orleans Jazz (1974-78)
Utah Jazz (1979-2017)
Utah Jazz (1974-present)
WASHINGTON WIZARDS Chicago Packers (1961-61)
Chicago Zephyrs (1962-62)
Baltimore Bullets (1963-72)
Capital Bullets (1973-73)
Washington Bullets (1974-96)
Washington Wizards (1997-2017)
Washington Wizards (1961-present)

[Source: https://stats.nba.com/history/ ]

See the full list of players in each team here: http://www.nba.com/teams.

Championships

Summary of Winners
Team Number of Wins Year
Boston Celtics 17 2007-08, 1985-86, 1983-84, 1980-81, 1975-76, 1973-74, 1968-69,1967-68, 1965-66, 1964-65, 1963-64, 1962-63, 1961-62, 1960-61,1959-60, 1958-59, 1956-57
Los Angeles Lakers 16 2009-10, 2008-09, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00, 1987-88, 1986-87,1984-85, 1981-82, 1979-80, 1971-72 (as Los Angeles Lakers) 1953-54, 1952-53, 1951-52, 1949-50, 1948-49 (as Minneapolis Lakers)
Chicago Bulls 6 1997-98, 1996-97, 1995-96, 1992-93, 1991-92, 1990-91
Golden State Warriors 6 2017-18, 2016-17, 2014-15, 1974-75 (as Golden State Warriors) 1955-56, 1946-47 (as Philadelphia Warriors)
San Antonio Spurs 5 2013-14, 2006-07, 2004-05, 2002-03, 1998-99
Detroit Pistons 3 2003-04, 1989-90, 1988-89
Miami Heat 3 2012-13, 2011-12, 2005-06
Philadelphia 76ers 3 1982-83, 1966-67 (as Philadelphia 76ers) 1954-55 (as Syracuse Nationals)
Houston Rockets 2 1994-95, 1993-94
New York Knicks 2 1972-73, 1969-70
Atlanta Hawks 1 1957-58 (as St. Louis Hawks)
Baltimore Bullets 1 (1st) (defunct franchise) 1947-48
Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2015-16
Dallas Mavericks 1 2010-11
Milwaukee Bucks 1 1970-71
Oklahoma City Thunder 1 1978-79 (as Seattle Supersonics)
Sacramento Kings 1 1950-51 (as Rochester Royals)

[Source: http://www.nba.com/history/season-recap-index]

Best NBA Players

SLAM Name ESPN Rank
1 Michael Jordan 1
2 LeBron James 3
3 Magic Johnson 4
4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2
5 Kobe Bryant 12
6 Shaquille O'Neal 9
7 Bill Russell 7
8 Wilt Chamberlain 5
9 Tim Duncan 8
10 Larry Bird 6

[Source: http://www.interbasket.net/news/23623/2018/05/slam-top-100-nba-players-all-time-full-list/]

NBA Most Valuable Player Award (MVP)

With a record of 6 MVPs, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is on top of the list, followed by Michael Jordan and Bill Russell with 5 and Wilt Chamberlain and LeBron James, with 4.

All-Time Point Leaders

Player Points
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
Karl Malone 36,928
Kobe Bryant 32,482

With 30.12 points per game, Michael Jordan tops first for being the all-time lead in one single game.

2018 NBA Playoffs

nba 2018 playoffs

The Golden State Warriors won this time with a winning streak of 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers

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