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Baseball Teams with the Most Total Home Runs of All Time (1876-Today)

The New York Yankees, Led By Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle And Lou Gehrig, Have Hit More Home Runs Than Any Other Franchise

The New York Yankees, Led By Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle And Lou Gehrig, Have Hit More Home Runs Than Any Other Franchise

So what team has the most home runs ever in all of the land of professional baseball history, since the very, very beginnings (we’re talking 1876) of the game? The Bronx Bombers, of course.

The New York Yankees are on the verge of 15,000 bombs – and they weren’t even around for the first 27 years.

Surely, though, “being around” helps a franchise to the tops of today’s list of all the home runs ever, by team. The top 16 teams on it trace their origins to 1901 or earlier (except for the Yanks, who were founded in 1903).

But that’s sort of unfair to those teams that just haven’t been around that long – like the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays, the youngest franchises at 17 years of age.

So, how about a second list – one that averages all those home runs over the number of seasons a franchise has been in play? Check that one out below, too.

With the uptick in home runs over the decades (and the dead ball of the first several decades), the average list looks almost like an inverse of the total list.

Still, some older teams make impressive appearances, most notably the Yankees again and three teams deriving from the 1960’s (Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels).

Tops on average? The Colorado Rockies, of course, thanks in part to that thin air.

TOTAL HOME RUNS

TEAM TOTAL HOME RUNS 1ST SEASON
1. New York Yankees 14,970 1903
2. San Francisco Giants 13,957 1883
3. Chicago Cubs 13,319 1876
4. Atlanta Braves 13,071 1876
5. Detroit Tigers 12,973 1901
6. Boston Red Sox 12,692 1901
7. Cincinnati Reds 12,456 1882
8. Baltimore Orioles 12,362 1901
9. Philadelphia Phillies 12,348 1883
10. Oakland Athletics 12,254 1901
11. Cleveland Indians 12,169 1901
12. Los Angeles Dodgers 11,854 1884
13. St. Louis Cardinals 11,303 1882
14. Pittsburgh Pirates 10,751 1882
15. Chicago White Sox 10,622 1901
16. Minnesota Twins 9,994 1901
17. Texas Rangers 8,250 1961
18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 7,300 1961
19. Milwaukee Brewers 6,781 1969
20. New York Mets 6,607 1962
21. Houston Astros 6,284 1962
22. Toronto Blue Jays 6,147 1977
23. Washington Nationals 5,823 1969
24. Seattle Mariners 5,742 1977
25. San Diego Padres 5,480 1969
26. Kansas City Royals 5,456 1969
27. Colorado Rockies 3,891 1993
28. Miami Marlins 3,149 1993
29. Arizona Diamondbacks 2,815 1998
30. Tampa Bay Rays 2,634 1998

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AVERAGE HOME RUNS PER SEASON

TEAM AVERAGE HOME RUNS PER SEASON TOTAL HOME RUNS SEASONS 1ST SEASON
1. Colorado Rockies 176.86 3,891 22 1993
2. Arizona Diamondbacks 165.59 2,815 17 1998
3. Toronto Blue Jays 161.76 6,147 38 1977
4. Tampa Bay Rays 154.94 2,634 17 1998
5. Texas Rangers 152.78 8,250 54 1961
6. Seattle Mariners 151.11 5,742 38 1977
7. Milwaukee Brewers 147.41 6,781 46 1969
8. Miami Marlins 143.14 3,149 22 1993
9. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 135.19 7,300 54 1961
10. New York Yankees 133.66 14,970 112 1903
11. Washington Nationals 126.59 5,823 46 1969
12. New York Mets 124.66 6,607 53 1962
13. San Diego Padres 119.13 5,480 46 1969
14. Kansas City Royals 118.61 5,456 46 1969
15. Houston Astros 118.57 6,284 53 1962
16. Detroit Tigers 113.80 12,973 114 1901
17. Boston Red Sox 111.33 12,692 114 1901
18. Baltimore Orioles 108.44 12,362 114 1901
19. Oakland Athletics 107.49 12,254 114 1901
20. Cleveland Indians 106.75 12,169 114 1901
21. San Francisco Giants 105.73 13,957 132 1883
22. Chicago Cubs 95.82 13,319 139 1876
23. Atlanta Braves 94.04 13,071 139 1876
24. Cincinnati Reds 93.65 12,456 133 1882
25. Philadelphia Phillies 93.55 12,348 132 1883
26. Chicago White Sox 93.18 10,622 114 1901
27. Los Angeles Dodgers 90.49 11,854 131 1884
28. Minnesota Twins 87.67 9,994 114 1901
29. St. Louis Cardinals 84.98 11,303 133 1882
30. Pittsburgh Pirates 80.83 10,751 133 1882

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The Changing Face of the NFL: How the League Has Looked From 1920 to Today

1920 (APFA)

APFA
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Tigers
Cleveland Tigers
Columbus Panhandles
Dayton Triangles
Decatur Staleys
Detroit Heralds
Hammond Pros
Muncie Flyers
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents

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1921 (APFA)

APFA
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Cardinals
Chicago Staleys
Cincinnati Celts
Cleveland Indians
Columbus Panhandles
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Tigers
Evansville Crimson Giants
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Louisville Brecks
Minneapolis Marines
Muncie Flyers
New York Brickley Giants
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents
Tonawanda Kardex
Washington Senators

*

1922 (NFL)

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Columbus Panhandles
Dayton Triangles
Evansville Crimson Giants
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Louisville Brecks
Milwaukee Badgers
Minneapolis Marines
Oorang Indians
Racine Legion
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents
Toledo Maroons

*

1923

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo All-Americans
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Indians
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Duluth Kelleys
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Louisville Brecks
Milwaukee Badgers
Minneapolis Marines
Oorang Indians
Racine Legion
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents
St. Louis All-Stars
Toledo Maroons

*

1924

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo Bisons
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Bulldogs
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Duluth Kelleys
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Kansas City Blues
Kenosha Maroons
Milwaukee Badgers
Minneapolis Marines
Racine Legion
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents

*

1925

NFL
Akron Pros
Buffalo Bisons
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Bulldogs
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Panthers
Duluth Kelleys
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Kansas City Cowboys
Milwaukee Badgers
New York Giants
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller
Rochester Jeffersons
Rock Island Independents

*

1926

NFL
Akron Indians
Brooklyn Lions
Buffalo Rangers
Canton Bulldogs
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Columbus Tigers
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Panthers
Duluth Eskimos
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Hammond Pros
Hartford Blues
Kansas City Cowboys
Los Angeles Buccaneers
Louisville Colonels
Milwaukee Badgers
New York Giants
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller
Racine Tornadoes

*

1927

NFL
Buffalo Bisons
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Bulldogs
Dayton Triangles
Duluth Eskimos
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
New York Yankees
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller

*

1928

NFL
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Dayton Triangles
Detroit Wolverines
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
New York Yankees
Pottsville Maroons
Providence Steam Roller

*

1929

NFL
Boston Bulldogs
Buffalo Bisons
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Dayton Triangles
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Minneapolis Red Jackets
New York Giants
Orange Tornadoes
Providence Steam Roller
Staten Island Stapletons

*

1930

NFL
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
Minneapolis Red Jackets
New York Giants
Newark Tornadoes
Portsmouth Spartans
Providence Steam Roller
Staten Island Stapletons

*

1931

NFL
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Indians
Frankford Yellow Jackets
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Portsmouth Spartans
Providence Steam Roller
Staten Island Stapletons

*

1932

NFL
Boston Braves
Brooklyn Dodgers
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Portsmouth Spartans
Staten Island Stapletons

*

1933

NFL
EAST
Boston Redskins
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Green Bay Packers
Portsmouth Spartans

*

1934

NFL
EAST
Boston Redskins
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
St. Louis Gunners

*

1935 (through 1936)

NFL
EAST
Boston Redskins
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

*

1937 (through 1939)

NFL
EAST
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Pirates
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

*

1940 (through 1942)

NFL
EAST
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

*

1943

NFL
EAST
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Giants
Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Eagles/Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

*

1944

NFL
EAST
Boston Yanks
Brooklyn Tigers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago/Pittsburgh Cardinals/Steelers
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

*

1945

NFL
EAST
Boston/Brooklyn Yanks/Tigers
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Rams
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers

*

1946 (through 1948)

NFL
EAST
Boston Yanks
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams

*

1949

NFL
EAST
New York Bulldogs
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Chicago Bears
Chicago Cardinals
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams

*

1950

NFL
AMERICAN
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
NATIONAL
Baltimore Colts (I)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
New York Yanks
San Francisco 49ers

*

1951

NFL
AMERICAN
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
NATIONAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
New York Yanks
San Francisco 49ers

*

1952

NFL
AMERICAN
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
NATIONAL
Chicago Bears
Dallas Texans (I)
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

*

1953 (through 1959)

NFL
EAST
Chicago Cardinals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

*

1960

NFL
EAST
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers

*

1961 (through 1965)

NFL
EAST
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers

*

1966

NFL
EAST
Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
Washington Redskins
WEST
Baltimore Colts (II)
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Rams
Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers

*

1967

NFL
CAPITOL
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
CENTURY
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
COASTAL
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Colts (II)
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
CENTRAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

*

1968

NFL
CAPITOL
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
CENTURY
Cleveland Browns
New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
COASTAL
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Colts (II)
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
CENTRAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

*

1969

NFL
CAPITOL
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins
CENTURY
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Cardinals
COASTAL
Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Colts (II)
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
CENTRAL
Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

*

1970

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Boston Patriots New York Giants
Buffalo Bills Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers

*

1971 (through 1975)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers

*

1976

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seattle Seahawks

*

1977 (through 1981)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Oakland Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1982 (through 1983)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Baltimore Colts (II) Dallas Cowboys
Buffalo Bills New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1984 (through 1987)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots St. Louis Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1988 (through 1993)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts New York Giants
Miami Dolphins Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots Phoenix Cardinals
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1994

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
WEST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Denver Broncos WEST
Kansas City Chiefs Atlanta Falcons
Los Angeles Raiders Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks San Francisco 49ers

*

1995

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

*

1996

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Houston Oilers Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

*

1997 (through 1998)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Oilers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Atlanta Falcons
Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers
Oakland Raiders New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers San Francisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

*

1999 (through 2001)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Arizona Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New England Patriots Philadelphia Eagles
New York Jets Washington Redskins
CENTRAL CENTRAL
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans WEST
WEST Atlanta Falcons
Denver Broncos Carolina Panthers
Kansas City Chiefs New Orleans Saints
Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks  

*

2002 (through Today)

AFC NFC
EAST EAST
Buffalo Bills Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins New York Giants
New York Jets Philadelphia Eagles
New England Patriots Washington Redskins
NORTH NORTH
Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers Minnesota Vikings
SOUTH SOUTH
Houston Texans Atlanta Falcons
Indianapolis Colts Carolina Panthers
Jacksonville Jaguars New Orleans Saints
Tennessee Titans Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WEST WEST
Denver Broncos Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs San Francisco 49ers
Oakland Raiders Seattle Seahawks
San Diego Chargers St. Louis Rams

 

The Changing Face of the National Basketball Association: How the League Has Looked from 1946-47 to Today

 1946-47 (BAA)

The original 11 BAA Teams. Only the Celtics, Knicks and Warriors remain today.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Stags
New York Knicks Cleveland Rebels
Philadelphia Warriors Detroit Falcons
Providence Steam Rollers Pittsburgh Ironmen
Toronto Huskies St. Louis Bombers
Washington Capitols

*

1947-48 (BAA)

6 Changes.

1. E: Toronto Huskies fold.

2. W: Pittsburgh Ironmen fold.

3. W: Detroit Falcons fold.

4. W: Cleveland Rebels fold.

5. W: New team, the Baltimore Bullets (I), joins the BAA.

6. E and W: Washington Capitols move to the Western Division.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Baltimore Bullets (I)
New York Knicks Chicago Stags
Philadelphia Warriors St. Louis Bombers
Providence Steam Rollers Washington Capitols

*

1948-49 (BAA)

6 Changes.

1. W: New team, the Rochester Royals, joins the BAA.

2. W: New team, the Minneapolis Lakers, joins the BAA.

3. W: New team, the Fort Wayne Pistons, joins the BAA.

4. W: New team, the Indianapolis Jets, joins the BAA.

5. E and W: Baltimore Bullets (I) move to the Eastern Division.

6. E and W: Washington Capitols move back to the Eastern Division.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Chicago Stags
Boston Celtics Fort Wayne Pistons
New York Knicks Indianapolis Jets
Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Lakers
Providence Steam Rollers Rochester Royals
Washington Capitols St. Louis Bombers

*

1949-50 (NBA)

First season of the NBA. The original 17 teams, 8 of which remain today: Celtics, Knicks, Warriors, Nationals (76ers), Pistons, Lakers, Royals (Kings) and Blackhawks (Hawks).

11 Changes

1. Central Division created.

2. E: Providence Steam Rollers fold.

3. W: Indianapolis Jets fold.

4. C and W: Chicago Stags, Fort Wayne Pistons, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and St. Louis Bombers move to the Central Division.

5. E: New team, the Syracuse Nationals, joins the NBA.

6. W: New team, the Indianapolis Olympians, joins the NBA.

7. W: New team, the Anderson Packers, joins the NBA.

8. W: New team, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, joins the NBA.

9. W: New team, the Sheboygan Red Skins, joins the NBA.

10. W: New team, the Waterloo Hawks, joins the NBA.

11. W: New team, the Denver Nuggets (I), joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Chicago Stags Indianapolis Olympians
Boston Celtics Fort Wayne Pistons Anderson Packers
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals Sheboygan Red Skins
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Bombers Waterloo Hawks
Washington Capitols Denver Nuggets (I)

*

1950-51

8 Changes.

1. Central Division dissolved.

2. C: Chicago Stags fold.

3. C: St. Louis Bombers fold.

4. W: Anderson Packers fold.

5. W: Sheboygan Red Skins fold.

6. W: Waterloo Hawks fold.

7. W: Denver Nuggets (I) fold.

8. W: Fort Wayne Pistons, Minneapolis Lakers and Rochester Royals rejoin the Western Division (from the dissolved Central Division).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Fort Wayne Pistons
Boston Celtics Indianapolis Olympians
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals
Syracuse Nationals Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Washington Capitols

*

1951-52 (through 1952-53)

2 Changes.

1. E: Washington Capitols fold.

2. W: Tri-Cities Blackhawks move to Milwaukee and change their name to the Milwaukee Hawks.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Fort Wayne Pistons
Boston Celtics Indianapolis Olympians
New York Knicks Milwaukee Hawks
Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals Rochester Royals

*

1953-54 (through 1954-55)

1 Change.

1. W: Indianapolis Olympians fold.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (I) Fort Wayne Pistons
Boston Celtics Milwaukee Hawks
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals
Syracuse Nationals

*

1955-56 (through 1956-57)

2 Changes.

1. E: Baltimore Bullets (I) fold.

2. W: Milwauke Hawks move to St. Louis (St. Louis Hawks).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Fort Wayne Pistons
New York Knicks Minneapolis Lakers
Philadelphia Warriors Rochester Royals
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Hawks

*

1957-58 (through 1959-60)

2 Changes.

1. W: Fort Wayne Pistons move to Detroit (Detroit Pistons).

2. W: Rochester Royals mover to Cincinnati (Cincinnati Royals).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Cincinnati Royals
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia Warriors Minneapolis Lakers
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Hawks

*

1960-61

1 Change.

1. W: Minneapolis Lakers move to Los Angeles (Los Angeles Lakers).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Cincinnati Royals
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia Warriors Los Angeles Lakers
Syracuse Nationals St. Louis Hawks

*

1961-62

1 Change.

1. W: New team, the Chicago Packers, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Packers
New York Knicks Cincinnati Royals
Philadelphia Warriors Detroit Pistons
Syracuse Nationals Los Angeles Lakers
St. Louis Hawks

*

1962-63

3 Changes.

1. E and W: Cincinnati Royals move to the Eastern Division.

2. E and W: Philadelphia Warriors move to San Francisco and the Western Division (San Francisco Warriors).

3. W: Chicago Packers change their name to the Chicago Zephyrs.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Zephyrs
Cincinnati Royals Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers
Syracuse Nationals San Francisco Warriors
St. Louis Hawks

*

1963-64 (through 1965-66)

2 Changes.

1. E: Syracuse Nationals move to Philadelphia and change their name to the Philadelphia 76ers.

2. W: Chicago Zephyrs move to Baltimore and change their name to the Baltimore Bullets (II).

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Boston Celtics Baltimore Bullets (II)
Cincinnati Royals Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers San Francisco Warriors
St. Louis Hawks

*

1966-67

2 Changes.

1. E and W: Baltimore Bullets (II) move to Eastern Division.

2. W: New team, the Chicago Bulls, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (II) Chicago Bulls
Boston Celtics Detroit Pistons
Cincinnati Royals Los Angeles Lakers
New York Knicks San Francisco Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers St. Louis Hawks

*

1967-68

3 Changes.

1. E and W: Detroit Pistons move to Eastern Division.

2. W: New team, the San Diego Rockets, joins the NBA.

3. W: New team, the Seattle SuperSonics, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (II) Chicago Bulls
Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers
Cincinnati Royals San Diego Rockets
Detroit Pistons San Francisco Warriors
New York Knicks Seattle SuperSonics
Philadelphia 76ers St. Louis Hawks

*

1968-69 (through 1969-70)

3 Changes.

1. E: New team, the Milwaukee Bucks, joins the NBA.

2. W: St. Louis Hawks move to Atlanta (Atlanta Hawks).

3. W: New team, the Phoenix Suns, joins the NBA.

EASTERN DIVISION WESTERN DIVISION
Baltimore Bullets (II) Atlanta Hawks
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Cincinnati Royals Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks San Diego Rockets
New York Knicks San Francisco Warriors
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics

*

1970-71

7 Changes.

1. NBA divided into Eastern and Western Conferences with two divisions apiece (E: Atlantic and Central; W: Midwest and Pacific).

2. E: New team, the Buffalo Braves, joins the NBA.

3. E and W: Atlanta Hawks move to the Eastern Conference.

4. E: New team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, joins the NBA.

5. E and W: Milwaukee Bucks move to the Western Conference.

6. E and W: Detroit Pistons move back to the Western Conference.

7. W: New team, the Portland Trail Blazers, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Los Angeles Lakers
Baltimore Bullets (II) Portland Trail Blazers
Cincinnati Royals San Diego Rockets
Cleveland Cavaliers San Francisco Warriors
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1971-72

2 Changes.

1. W: San Francisco Warriors change their name to the Golden State Warriors.

2. W: San Diego Rockets move to Houston (Houston Rockets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Milwaukee Bucks
Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Baltimore Bullets (II) Houston Rockets
Cincinnati Royals Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1972-73

3 Changes.

1. E and W: Houston Rockets move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Phoenix Suns move to the Western Conference’s Pacific Division (from the Midwest Division).

3. E and W: Cincinnati Royals move to Kansas City and Omaha and the Western Conference and change their name to the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Baltimore Bullets (II) Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1973-74

1 Change.

1. E: Baltimore Bullets (II) change their name to the Capital Bullets.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Capital Bullets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1974-75

2 Changes.

1. E: Capital Bullets change their name to the Washington Bullets.

2. E: New team, the New Orleans Jazz, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Jazz Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

*

1975-76

1 Change.

1. W: Kansas City-Omaha Kings no longer play in Omaha (Kansas City Kings).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Kansas City Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets Phoenix Suns
New Orleans Jazz Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

*

1976-77

NBA-ABA Merger.

4 Changes.

1. E: New team, the New York Nets, joins the NBA (from ABA).

2. E: New team, the San Antonio Spurs, joins the NBA (from ABA).

3. W: New team, the Denver Nuggets, joins the NBA (from ABA).

4. W: New team, the Indiana Pacers, joins the NBA (from ABA).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Detroit Pistons
New York Nets Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
CENTRAL DIVISION Milwaukee Bucks
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Jazz Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

*

1977-78

1 Change.

1. E: New York Nets move to New Jersey (New Jersey Nets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
Buffalo Braves Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Detroit Pistons
New York Knicks Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
CENTRAL DIVISION Milwaukee Bucks
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors
Houston Rockets Los Angeles Lakers
New Orleans Jazz Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics

*

1978-79

3 Changes.

1. E: Washington Bullets move from Central Division to Atlantic Division.

2. E and W: Detroit Pistons move back to the Eastern Conference.

3. E and W: Buffalo Braves move to San Diego and the Western Conference and change their name to the San Diego Clippers.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
Washington Bullets Milwaukee Bucks
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
New Orleans Jazz San Diego Clippers
San Antonio Spurs Seattle SuperSonics

*

1979-80

2 Changes.

1. E and W: Indiana Pacers move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: New Orleans Jazz move to Utah and the Western Conference (Utah Jazz).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Kansas City Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks
Washington Bullets Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Houston Rockets Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers San Diego Clippers
San Antonio Spurs Seattle SuperSonics

*

1980-81 (through 1983-84)

5 Changes.

1. E and W: Chicago Bulls move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Milwaukee Bucks move to the Eastern Conference.

3. E and W: Houston Rockets move to the Western Conference.

4. E and W: San Antonio Spurs move to the Western Conference.

5. W: New team, the Dallas Mavericks, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks San Diego Clippers
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1984-85

1 Change.

1. W: San Diego Clippers move to Los Angeles (Los Angeles Clippers).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Kansas City Kings
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1985-86 (through 1987-88)

1 Change.

1. Kansas City Kings move to Sacramento (Sacramento Kings).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Sacramento Kings
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1988-89

3 Changes.

1. E: New team, the Charlotte Hornets, joins the NBA.

2. W: New team, the Miami Heat, joins the NBA.

3. W: Sacramento Kings move from Midwest Division to Pacific Division.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Hornets Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs
Washington Bullets Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1989-90

4 Changes.

1. E and W: Miami Heat move to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Charlotte Hornets move to the Western Conference.

3. E: New team, the Orlando Magic, joins the NBA.

4. W: New team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Charlotte Hornets
Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks
New Jersey Nets Denver Nuggets
New York Knicks Houston Rockets
Philadelphia 76ers Minnesota Timberwolves
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Portland Trail Blazers
Orlando Magic Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1990-91

2 Changes.

1. E and W: Charlotte Hornets move back to the Eastern Conference.

2. E and W: Orlando Magic move to the Western Conference.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers Orlando Magic
Washington Bullets San Antonio Spurs
CENTRAL DIVISION Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
Seattle SuperSonics

*

1991-92 (through 1994-95)

1 Change.

1. Orlando Magic move back to the Eastern Conference.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz
Washington Bullets
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics

*

1995-96 (through 1996-97)

2 Changes.

1. E: New team, the Toronto Raptors, joins the NBA.

2. W: New team, the Vancouver Grizzlies, joins the NBA.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz
Washington Bullets Vancouver Grizzlies
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

*

1997-98 (through 2000-01)

1 Change.

1. E: Washington Bullets change their name to the Washington Wizards.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers Utah Jazz
Washington Wizards Vancouver Grizzlies
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

*

2001-02

1 Change.

1. W: Vancouver Grizzlies move to Memphis (Memphis Grizzlies).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers
Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings
Milwaukee Bucks Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

*

2002-03 (through 2003-04)

1 Change.

1. E: Charlotte Hornets move to New Orleans (New Orleans Hornets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION MIDWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Houston Rockets
New York Knicks Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic Minnesota Timberwolves
Philadelphia 76ers San Antonio Spurs
Washington Wizards Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons Phoenix Suns
Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
New Orleans Hornets Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors

*

2004-05

7 Changes.

1. E and W: Eastern and Western Conferences divided into three divisions apiece (E: Atlantic, Central, Southeast; W: Northwest, Pacific, Southeast).

2. E: New team, the Charlotte Bobcats, joins the NBA.

3. E: Toronto Raptors move to the Atlantic Division.

4. E: Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards move to the Southeast Division.

5. W: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz move to the Northwest Division.

6. E and W: New Orleans Hornets move to Western Conference.

7. W: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs move to Southwest Division.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2005-06 (through 2006-07)

1 Change.

1. W: New Orleans Hornets play part of schedule in Oklahoma City (New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2007-08

1 Change.

1. W: New Orleans-Oklahoma City Hornets cease playing in Oklahoma City (New Orleans Hornets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia 76ers Seattle SuperSonics
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2008-09 (through 2011-12)

1 Change.

1. W: Seattle SuperSonics move to Oklahoma City and change their name to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
New Jersey Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2012-13

1 Change.

1. E: New Jersey Nets move to Brooklyn (Brooklyn Nets).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2013-14

1 Change.

1. New Orleans Hornets change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans.

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Bobcats Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

*

2014-15 (through ?)

1 Change.

1. Charlotte Bobcats change their name to the Charlotte Hornets (II).

EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION NORTHWEST DIVISION
Boston Celtics Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz
CENTRAL DIVISION PACIFIC DIVISION
Chicago Bulls Golden State Warriors
Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Clippers
Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers
Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
Milwaukee Bucks Sacramento Kings
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks
Charlotte Hornets Houston Rockets
Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies
Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans
Washington Wizards San Antonio Spurs

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