Who were the first NBA basketball teams?
The NBA began in 1946-47 when it was still the BAA (Basketball
Association of America). It changed it's name before the 1949-50
season to the NBA (National Basketball Association). The 11 teams
that played in that first season that started it all in 1946-47
- Boston Celtics
- Chicago Stags (folded 1949, replaced by Bulls in 1966)
- Cleveland Rebels (folded in 1947, replaced by Cavaliers in 1970)
- Detroit Falcons (folded in 1947. The Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957)
- New York Knickerbockers (Knicks)
- Philadelphia Warriors (Moved to San Francisco in 1962, later changed name to Golden State Warriors; Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia in 1963 to become 76ers)
- Pittsburgh Ironmen (folded 1947)
- Providence Steam Rollers (folded 1949)
- St. Louis Bombers (folded 1949)
- Toronto Huskies (folded 1947, replaced by Raptors in 1993)
- Washington Capitals (folded, 1949, replaced by the Bullets/Wizards, that started in 1961 as a new Chicago Stags, became Baltimore Bullets (1963) before moving to Washington in 1973)
The first official NBA season, 1948-49, added
- Minneapolis Lakers (moved to Los Angeles in 1960)
- Rochester Royals (moved first to Cincinnati then Kansas City and eventually to Sacramento in 1985 and renamed the Kings)
- Fort Wayne Pistons (moved to Detroit in 1957)
The Syracuse Nationals (eventual 76ers) and Buffalo Bisons (eventual Atlanta Hawks) started in a rival league, the NBL in 1946. The Nationals moved to the NBA in 1949, before moving to Philadelphia in 1963. The Bisons has a series of moves before settling in Milwaukee, St. Louis and eventually Atlanta.
Boston Celtics, Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors and New York Knicks are the 3 oldest franchises in the NBA, followed by the Lakers, Pistons and Kings. The Celtics hold the most championships won (17 of them), followed by Lakers, Bulls and Spurs.
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the NBA. The league's regulations are a hybrid of rules from FIBA and the NBA.