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The NBA really started with another name Basketball Association of America, BAA but merged in 1949 with the National Basketball League, (NBL) and then got the new name.
The fact that the league started from the beginning was very much about the fact that the ice hockey arenas needed to be filled between the hockey seasons with more attractive sports, and the choice fell on basketball.
The teams in the NBA
In total, the NBA consists of 30 teams at the moment. The league is divided into two conferences with three divisions each.
|Boston Celtics||Chicago Bulls||Atlanta Hawks|
|Brooklyn Nets||Cleveland Cavaliers||Charlotte Hornets|
|New York Knicks||Detroit Pistons||Miami Heat|
|Philadelphia 76ers||Indiana Pacers||Orlando Magic|
|Toronto Raptors||Milwaukee Bucks||Washington Wizards|
|Denver Nuggets||Golden State Warriors||Dallas Mavericks|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Los Angeles Clippers||Houston Rockets|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||Los Angeles Lakers||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Portland Trail Blazers||Phoenix Suns||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Utah Jazz||Sacramento Kings||San Antonio Spurs|
The history of the NBA
Owners of the major arenas in the northeast and western United States as well as Canada had for a long time tried to fill them with various arrangements to attract crowds and earn revenue. They teamed up and thought about how to fill the stadiums when there was no ice hockey. The choice fell on basketball and the Basketball Association of America basketball league was founded in 1946 and the first game was played in Toronto, Canada on November 1, 1946. The new thing with this league was that it was played in big cities and it naturally attracted crowds, and there was room in the arenas.
The other leagues that exist were played in smaller cities and not the same size in arenas. In this way, the BAA league grew in size and became more popular.
Now a merger with the National Basketball League took place on August 3, 1949, creating the new NBA league. Suddenly, a greater number of teams and games took place in both large and smaller cities. The number of teams in the league was continuously reduced and the game then disappeared from the smaller towns. During the years to come, many changes took place, including the introduction of the shot clock and the 24-second rule. This was to counter passive play and meant that you have to try to score goals or make contact with the basketball basket within 24 seconds, otherwise the ball will pass to the opponent.
Playoffs in the NBA
The playoffs are held at the end of the season and consists of a seven game playoff round.
The top eight teams in each division (Conference East and West) are qualified for the playoffs. Thus, all stages of the playoffs are best played by seven matches. To win, you have to move on to four of the best of seven matches.
In the first part, 16 teams play, then eight, then four and finally two teams meet in a series in the best of seven. The winner of this meeting is the NBA Champion that year.
Most playoffs in the NBA
If we start from the year 2020 and look back, we can see a number of teams that have made many appearances in these playoffs. The format has been adjusted several times over the years in the playoffs, but it can be summed up that it has never been easy to make it to the playoffs and even less to win the big title.
|Los Angeles Lakers||61|
|New York Knicks||41|
|San Antonio Spurs||39|
|Golden State Warriors||35|
|Portland Trail Blazers||35|
Most NBA title wins
A number of teams have made great strides through the ages in this NBA, but the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers still have a distinctive position as most champions. Here are the top 5 of all time winners in the NBA.
|Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers||16|
|Philadelphia/San Francisco/Golden State Warriors||6|
|San Antonio Spurs||5|
The league currently has 30 teams.
Currently, there is only one Canadian team in the NBA - the Toronto Raptors. Until the 2001/2002 season, the Vancouver Grizzlies also played in the NBA.
In terms of number of championship titles, the Boston Celtics are in the top with 17 titles. The LA Lakers have 16 titles and are also the team that went to the playoffs most times in history. They have gone to the playoffs 61 times, while the Celtics have "only" gone to the playoffs 57 times.