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A Chronology of NBA Teams

A Chronology of NBA Teams

The Boston Celtics and New York Knickerbockers are two NBA teams that started and still play in the same NBA city and have the same team name.

On June 6, 1946, the BAA or the Basketball Association of America was born and 11 franchises comprised the new professional basketball league: Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington formed the East Division and Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, Chicago and St. Louis the West Division. (It should be noted that two other pro basketball leagues also existed at that time, the American - a weekend league in small eastern cities, and the National - made up of small cities in New York state and the Midwest).

On August 3, 1949, six surviving teams from the National League joined the BAA. The resulting 17-team league is renamed the National Basketball Association (the NBA).

 

NBA Team Chronology

Team

History

ATLANTA HAWKS

Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1949-51)
Milwaukee Hawks (1951-55)
St. Louis Hawks (1955-68)
Atlanta Hawks (1968-present)

BOSTON CELTICS

(1946-present)

BROOKLYN NETS

New York Nets (1976-77)
New Jersey Nets (1977-2012)
Brooklyn Nets (2012-present)

CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Charlotte Hornets (1988-2002)
Charlotte Bobcats (2004-14)
Charlotte Hornets (2014-present)

CHICAGO BULLS

(1966-present)

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

(1970-present)

DALLAS MAVERICKS

(1980-present)

DENVER NUGGETS

(1976-present)

DETROIT PISTONS

Fort Wayne Pistons (1948-57)
Detroit Pistons (1957-present)

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Philadelphia Warriors (1946-62)
San Francisco Warriors (1962-71)
Golden State Warriors (1971-present)

HOUSTON ROCKETS

San Diego Rockets (1967-71)
Houston Rockets (1971-present)

INDIANA PACERS

(1976-present)

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Buffalo Braves (1970-78)
San Diego Clippers (1978-84)
Los Angeles Clippers (1984-present)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Minneapolis Lakers (1948-60)
Los Angeles Lakers (1960-present)

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-2001)
Memphis Grizzlies (2001-present)

MIAMI HEAT

(1988-present)

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

(1968-present)

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

(1989-present)

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

New Orleans Hornets (2002-05)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-07)
New Orleans Hornets (2007-13)
New Orleans Pelicans (2013-present)

NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS

(1946-present)

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Seattle SuperSonics (1967-2008)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2008-present)

ORLANDO MAGIC

(1989-present)

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Syracuse Nationals (1949-63)
Philadelphia 76ers (1963-present)

PHOENIX SUNS

(1968-present)

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

(1970-present)

SACRAMENTO KINGS

Rochester Royals (1948-57)
Cincinnati Royals (1957-72)
Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1972-75)
Kansas City Kings (1975-85)
Sacramento Kings (1985-present)

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

(1976-present)

TORONTO RAPTORS

(1995-present)

UTAH JAZZ

New Orleans Jazz (1974-79)
Utah Jazz (1979-present)

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Chicago Packers (1961-62)
Chicago Zephyrs (1962-63)
Baltimore Bullets (1963-73)
Capital Bullets (1973-74)
Washington Bullets (1974-98)
Washington Wizards (1998-present)

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