History of each NBA team franchise

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FIRST YEAR: 1950

TEAM NAMES: Atlanta Hawks (1969-present), St. Louis Hawks (1956-1968), Milwaukee Hawks (1952-1955), Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1950-1951)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (1958)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 (1957, 1958, 1960, 1961)

FIRST YEAR: 1947

TEAM NAMES: Boston Celtics (1947-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 17 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 21 (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1986, 2008, 2010)

FIRST YEAR: 1968

TEAM NAMES: Brooklyn Nets (2013-present), New Jersey Nets (1978-2012), New York Nets (1969-1977), New Jersey Americans (1968)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 2 (2002, 2003)

FIRST YEAR: 1989

TEAM NAMES: Charlotte Hornets (2015-present), Charlotte Bobcats (2005-2014), Charlotte Hornets (1989-2002)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 1967

TEAM NAMES: Chicago Bulls (1967-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)

FIRST YEAR: 1971

TEAM NAMES: Cleveland Cavaliers (1971-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (2016)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 3 (2007, 2015, 2016)

FIRST YEAR: 1981

TEAM NAMES: Dallas Mavericks (1981-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (2011)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 2 (2006, 2011)

FIRST YEAR: 1968

TEAM NAMES: Denver Nuggets (1975-present), Denver Rockets (1968-1974)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 1949

TEAM NAMES: Detroit Pistons (1958-present), Fort Wayne Pistons (1949-1957)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 (1989, 1990, 2004)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 7 (1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)

FIRST YEAR: 1947

TEAM NAMES: Golden State Warriors (1972-present), San Francisco Warriors (1963-1971), Philadelphia Warriors (1947-1962)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4 (1947*, 1956, 1975, 2015)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 8 (1947*, 1948*,1956, 1964, 1967,1975, 2015, 2016)

* BAA championship and/or championship appearance. On June 6, 1946, the Basketball Association of America was formed and the league lasted for three years before merging with the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949 to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA considers the records from the BAA for the three seasons in 1946-1948 as part of its history.

FIRST YEAR: 1968

TEAM NAMES: Houston Rockets (1972-present), San Diego Rockets (1968-1971)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 (1994, 1995)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 (1981, 1986, 1994, 1995)

FIRST YEAR: 1968

TEAM NAMES: Indiana Pacers (1968-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 1 (2000)

FIRST YEAR: 1971

TEAM NAMES: Los Angeles Clippers (1985-present), San Diego Clippers (1979-1984), Buffalo Braves (1971-1978)

CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 1949

TEAM NAMES: Los Angeles Lakers (1961-present), Minneapolis Lakers (1949-1960)

CHAMPIONSHIPS: 16 (1949*, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 31 (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)

* BAA championship. On June 6, 1946, the Basketball Association of America was formed and the league lasted for three years before merging with the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949 to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA considers the records from the BAA as part of its history.

FIRST YEAR: 1996

TEAM NAMES: Memphis Grizzlies (2002-present), Vancouver Grizzlies (1996-2001)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 1989

TEAM NAMES: Miami Heat (1989-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 (2006, 2012, 2013)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 5 (2006, 2012, 2011, 2013, 2014)

FIRST YEAR: 1969

TEAM NAMES: Milwaukee Bucks (1969-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (1971)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 2 (1971, 1974)

FIRST YEAR: 1990

TEAM NAMES: Minnesota Timberwolves (1990-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 2003

TEAM NAMES: New Orleans Pelicans (2014-present), New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2006-2007), New Orleans Hornets (2003-2013)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 1947

TEAM NAMES: New York Knicks (1947-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2 (1970, 1973)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 8 (1951, 1952, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1994, 1999)

FIRST YEAR: 1968

TEAM NAMES: Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-present), Seattle Supersonics (1968-2008)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (1979)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 (1978, 1979, 1996, 2012)

FIRST YEAR: 1990

TEAM NAMES: Orlando Magic (1990-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 2 (1995, 2009)

FIRST YEAR: 1950

TEAM NAMES: Philadelphia 76ers (1964-present), Syracuse Nationals (1950-1963)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3 (1955, 1967, 1983)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 9 (1950, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 2001)

FIRST YEAR: 1969

TEAM NAMES: Phoenix Suns (1969-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 2 (1976, 1993)

FIRST YEAR: 1971

TEAM NAMES: Portland Trail Blazers (1971-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (1977)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 3 (1977, 1990, 1992)

FIRST YEAR: 1949

TEAM NAMES: Sacramento Kings (1986-present), Kansas City Kings (1976-1985), Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1973-1975), Cincinnati Royals (1958-1972), Rochester Royals (1949-1957)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (1951)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 1 (1951)

FIRST YEAR: 1968

TEAM NAMES: San Antonio Spurs (1974-present), Texas Chaparrals (1971), Dallas Chaparrals (1968-1973)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 6 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014)

FIRST YEAR: 1996

TEAM NAMES: Toronto Raptors (1996-present)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 0

FIRST YEAR: 1975

TEAM NAMES: Utah Jazz (1980-present), New Orleans Jazz (1975-1979)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 2 (1997, 1998)

FIRST YEAR: 1962

TEAM NAMES: Washington Wizards (1998-present), Washington Bullets (1975-1997), Capital Bullets (1974), Baltimore Bullets (1964-1973), Chicago Zephyrs (1963), Chicago Packers (1962)

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1 (1978)

CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979)

 

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