The History of the NBA

It will make little eyebrows that basketball cradle of the American state. The game was developed by physical education teacher James Naismith in Springfield in 1891. Initially targets consisted of peach baskets were closed. Soon, the panels placed behind the baskets, which was also a basketball rebound sport and the game had picked up speed and versatility. The popularity of ball sport grew quickly and in 1920 emerged across America pro framers. Although basketball is already practiced in 1904 in the demonstration program, it became fully incorporated in 1936 in the Olympic Games program.

Basketball in the United States of America

In 1949, the NBA, National Basketball Association, the league first bounded put on the rope. NBA was an extension of BAA, Basketball Association of America, which was founded in 1946 and eleven teams ?? divided into two divisions – were: Boston Celtics, Chicago Stags, Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, the New York Knickerbockers, Philadelphia Warriors, Pittsburgh Ironmen, Providence Steam Rollers, St. Louis Bombers, Toronto Huskies and the Washington Capitols. In 1947 joined the Baltimore Bullets joined BAA. Four teams left BAA Cleveland Rebels, Detroit Falcons, Pittsburgh Ironmen and Toronto Huskies. In 1948, four teams in the National Basketball League added to the BAA: Ft Wayne Pistons, Indianapolis Jets, Minneapolis Lakers and Rochester Royals.
In 1949, BAA was rechristened the NBA. In the initial phase, the number varied team that participated in the contest strongly. Law joined or printed, moved or merged with another team. Minneapolis Lakers then moved in 1960 to Los Angeles, in 1966 joined the Chicago Bulls in the NBA, Phoenix Suns in 1968 and 1970, the Cavaliers in Cleveland. Strengthened in the 1970s teams Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz North American competition. At the end of 1980, the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat in the NBA.

30 lag i NBA

In 2004, the NBA expanded to 30 teams with the founding of the Charlotte Bobcats. Since then, the competition is divided into six divisions of five teams:

  • Atlantic Divisioner: Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets och Toronto Raptors
  • Central Division: Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons
  • Southeast Division: Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards och Charlotte Bobcats
  • Northwest Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunders och Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Pacific Division: Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors och Sacramento Kings
  • Southwest Division: Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans

During the regular season, each team plays 82 games according to Cheeroutdoor. Afterwards follows the playoffs, where the best eight teams from the East among themselves to determine who the East champion and the eight best teams in the West against each other. Both champions meet in the NBA Finals.
Each confrontation is a series where the team that manages to win four games, puncture to the next round. Home advantage gained in the series: the team with the highest percentage of games won will have home advantage in the mutual confrontation.

List of NBA Champions

  • 1949: Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1950: Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1951: Rochester Royals
  • 1952: Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1953: Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1954: Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1955: Syracuse Nationals
  • 1956: Philadelphia Warriors
  • 1957: Boston Celtics
  • 1958: St. Louis Hawks
  • 1959: Boston Celtics
  • 1960: Boston Celtics
  • 1961: Boston Celtics
  • 1962: Boston Celtics
  • 1963: Boston Celtics
  • 1964: Boston Celtics
  • 1965: Boston Celtics
  • 1966: Boston Celtics
  • 1967: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1968: Boston Celtics
  • 1969: Boston Celtics
  • 1970: New York Knicks
  • 1971: Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1972: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1973: New York Knicks
  • 1974: Boston Celtics
  • 1975: Holden State Warriors
  • 1976: Boston Celtics
  • 1977: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1978: Washington Bullets
  • 1979: Seattle Supersonics
  • 1980: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1981: Boston Celtics
  • 1982: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1983: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1984: Boston Celtics
  • 1985: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1986: Boston Celtics
  • 1987: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1988: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1989: Detroit Pistons
  • 1990: Detroit Pistons
  • 1991: Chicago Bulls
  • 1992: Chicago Bulls
  • 1993: Chicago Bulls
  • 1994: Houston Rockets
  • 1995: Houston Rockets
  • 1996: Chicago Bulls
  • 1997: Chicago Bulls
  • 1998: Chicago Bulls
  • 1999: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2000: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2001: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2002: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2003: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2004: Detroit Pistons
  • 2005: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2006: Miami Heat
  • 2007: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2008: Boston Celtics
  • 2009: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2010: Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2011: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2012: Miami Heat
  • 2013: Miami Heat

Number of Titles By Club

  • Boston Celtics: 17
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 16
  • Chicago Bulls: 6
  • San Antonio Spurs: 4
  • Miami Heat: 3
  • Detroit Pistons: 3
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 3
  • Golden State Warriors: 2
  • Houston Rockets: 2
  • New York Knicks: 2
  • Atlanta Hawks: 1
  • Dallas Mavericks: 1
  • Milwaukee Bucks: 1
  • Portland Trail Blazers: 1
  • Sacramento Kings: 1
  • Seattle Supersonics: 1
  • Washington Wizards: 1

MVP of the NBA Finals

  • 1969: Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1970: Willis Reed, New York Knicks
  • 1971: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1972: Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1973: Willis Reed, New York Knicks
  • 1974: John Havlicek, Boston Celtics
  • 1975: Rick Barry, Golden State Warriors
  • 1976: JoJo White, Boston Celtics
  • 1977: Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1978: Wes Unseld, Washington Wizzards
  • 1979: Dennis Johnson, Seattle Supersonics
  • 1980: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1981: Cedric Maxwell, Boston Celtics
  • 1982: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1983: Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1984: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1986: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • 1987: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1988: James Worthy, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1989: Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons
  • 1990: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons
  • 1991: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1992: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1993: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1994: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
  • 1995: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
  • 1996: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1997: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1998: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1999: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2000: Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2001: Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2002: Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2003: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2004: Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
  • 2005: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2006: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
  • 2007: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2008: Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
  • 2009: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2010: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2011: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • 2012: LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • 2013: LeBron James, Miami Heat

MVP of the Regular Season

  • 1955/56: Bob Petit, St Louis Hawks
  • 1956/57: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics
  • 1957/58: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
  • 1958/59: Bob Petit, St Louis Hawks
  • 1959-1960: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1960/61: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
  • 1961/62: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
  • 1962/63: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
  • 1963/64: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
  • 1964/65: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics
  • 1965-1966: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1966-1967: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1967-1968: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1968/69: Wes Unseld, Baltimore Bullets
  • 1969: 70: Willis Reed, New York Knicks
  • 1970/71: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1971/72: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1972/73: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics
  • 1973/74: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1974/75: Bob McAdoo, Buffalo
  • 1975/76: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1976/77: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1977/78: Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1978/79: Moses Malone, Houston Rockets
  • 1979/80: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1980/81: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1981/82: Moses Malone, Houston Rockets
  • 1982/83: Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1983/84: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • 1984/85: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • 1985/86: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • 1986/87: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1987/88: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1988/89: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1989/90: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1990/91: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1991/92: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1992/93: Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
  • 1993/94: Hakeem Olajowan, Houston Rockets
  • 1994/95: David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
  • 1995/96: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1996/97: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
  • 1997/98: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
  • 1998/99: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
  • 1999-1900: ?? Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2000/01: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2001/02: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2002/03: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • 2003/04: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2004/05: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
  • 2005/06: Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
  • 2006/07: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • 2007/08: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 2008/09: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2009/10: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2010/11: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
  • 2011/12: LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • 2012/13: LeBron James, Miami Heat