List of relocated National Basketball Association teams
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional men's basketball league, consisting of 30 teams in North America—29 in the United States and one in Canada. The NBA was founded in New York City on 6 June 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). It adopted the name National Basketball Association at the start of the 1949–50 season when it absorbed the National Basketball League (NBL). The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball, which is recognized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) as the national governing body for basketball in the country. The league is considered to be one of the four major professional sports leagues of North America.
The list contains current franchises in the NBA, also during the period they played for ABA. However, the list does not contain relocation of ABA franchises that folded prior to the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. It also does not include name changes.
|First||First year in original city|
|Last||Last year in original city|
|PA||NBA Playoffs appearances|
|^||City later received a new franchise|
|*||Later relocated again|
†The moves of the New Jersey Americans to New York and of the Dallas Chaparrals to San Antonio occurred while these franchises were in the ABA.
‡The New Jersey Americans tied the Kentucky Colonels for the fourth and last playoff of the ABA's Eastern Division in the 1967-68 season but forfeited the tiebreaker due to the lack of a suitable arena in which the teams could play. The New York Nets' 2 titles came in the ABA.
§The Capital Bullets later became the Washington Bullets, then the Washington Wizards. The New Orleans Hornets later became the New Orleans Pelicans. The Hornets name was acquired by the current Charlotte team known as the Bobcats, and will be renamed as such effective the 2014–15 season.
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