Southeast Division (NBA)

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Southeast Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Basketball Association
Region Southeast United States
Sport Basketball
Founded 2004
Inaugural season 2004–05 season
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (7th title)
Most titles (7 titles)

The Southeast Division is one of the three divisions in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division consists of five teams, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.

The division was created at the start of the 2004–05 season, when the league expanded from 29 to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. The league realigned itself into three divisions in each conference. The Southeast Division began with five inaugural members, the Hawks, the Bobcats, the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards.[1] The Hawks joined from the Central Division, while the Heat, the Magic and the Wizards joined from the Atlantic Division. The Bobcats changed their name to the Hornets effective the 2014–15 season, after which it assumed the history of the original Hornets from 1988–2002. The Hornets name was previously used by the now-New Orleans Pelicans from 2002–2013.

Since its inception, only the Florida-based franchises have won any Southeast Division titles. Coincidentally, both Miami and Orlando have won three division titles in a row, with Miami accomplishing that feat twice (first from 2005-2007, and later from 2011-2013). Miami is the only team to have won the Southeast Division in four consecutive seasons, doing so from 2011-2014. As of 2014, the Heat are the only Southeast Division team to have won an NBA championship. Miami's three championships (2006, 2012, and 2013) each came after winning the Southeast Division.

The division's geography largely coincides with the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of the premiere conferences in college basketball, as all five of the division's teams are within the ACC footprint, in fact Atlanta, Miami and Washington are located in metro areas with ACC members (however the ACC's lone member in the Washington, D.C. area will be leaving in 2014).

2013–14 standings[edit]

Main article: 2013–14 NBA season
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Miami Heat 54 28 .659 32–9 22–19 12–4 82
x-Washington Wizards 44 38 .537 10.0 22–19 22–19 10–6 82
x-Charlotte Bobcats 43 39 .524 11.0 25–16 18–23 6–10 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 38 44 .463 16.0 24–17 14–27 8–8 82
Orlando Magic 23 59 .280 31.0 19–22 4–37 4–12 82


Teams[edit]

Team City Year From
Joined
Atlanta Hawks Atlanta, Georgia 2004 Central Division
Charlotte Hornets (19882002; 2014–present)
Charlotte Bobcats (20042014)
Charlotte, North Carolina 2004 dagger
Miami Heat Miami, Florida 2004 Atlantic Division
Orlando Magic Orlando, Florida 2004 Atlantic Division
Washington Wizards Washington, D.C. 2004 Atlantic Division
Notes

Division champions[edit]

Season Team Record Playoffs result
2004–05 Miami Heat 59–23 (.720) Lost Conference Finals
2005–06 Miami Heat 52–30 (.634) Won NBA Finals
2006–07 Miami Heat 44–38 (.537) Lost First Round
2007–08 Orlando Magic 52–30 (.634) Lost Conference Semifinals
2008–09 Orlando Magic 59–23 (.720) Lost NBA Finals
2009–10 Orlando Magic 59–23 (.720) Lost Conference Finals
2010–11 Miami Heat 58–24 (.707) Lost NBA Finals
2011–12[a] Miami Heat 46–20 (.697) Won NBA Finals
2012–13 Miami Heat 66–16 (.805) Won NBA Finals
2013–14 Miami Heat 54–28 (.659) Lost NBA Finals

Titles by team[edit]

Team Titles Season(s) won
Miami Heat 7 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
Orlando Magic 3 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10

Season results[edit]

^ Denotes team that won the NBA championship
+ Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals
* Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2004–05 Miami* (59–23) Washington* (45–37) Orlando (36–46) Charlotte (18–64) Atlanta (13–69)
2005–06 Miami^ (52–30) Washington* (42–40) Orlando (36–46) Charlotte (26–56) Atlanta (26–56)
2006–07 Miami* (44–38) Washington* (41–41) Orlando* (40–42) Charlotte (33–49) Atlanta (30–52)
2007–08 Orlando* (52–30) Washington* (43–39) Atlanta* (37–45) Charlotte (32–50) Miami (15–67)
2008–09 Orlando+ (59–23) Atlanta* (47–35) Miami* (43–39) Charlotte (35–47) Washington (19–63)
2009–10 Orlando* (59–23) Atlanta* (53–29) Miami* (47–35) Charlotte* (44–38) Washington (26–56)
2010–11 Miami+ (58–24) Orlando* (52–30) Atlanta* (44–38) Charlotte (34–48) Washington (23–59)
2011–12[a] Miami^ (46–20) Atlanta* (40–26) Orlando* (37–29) Washington (20–46) Charlotte (7–59)
2012–13 Miami^ (66–16) Atlanta* (44–38) Washington (29–53) Charlotte (21–61) Orlando (20–62)
2013–14 Miami* (54–28) Washington* (44–38) Charlotte* (43–39) Atlanta* (38–44) Orlando (23–59)

Notes[edit]

  • a 1 2 Because of a lockout, the season did not start until December 25, 2011, and all 30 teams played a shortened 66-game regular season schedule.[2]

Rivalries[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Expansion Bobcats prompt change". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. November 17, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Lee (December 5, 2011). "'tis The Season". CNN Sports Illustrated. Time Warner Company. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 

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