Southwest Division (NBA)
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Inaugural season||2004–05 season|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent champion(s)||Houston Rockets (1st title)|
|Most titles||San Antonio Spurs (7 titles)|
The Southwest Division is one of the three divisions in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The division is located in the South Central United States and consists of five teams, the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies, the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs. Three of the teams, the Mavericks, Rockets, and Spurs, are based in Texas.
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 Southwest Division began with five inaugural members, the Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies, the Hornets (now Pelicans) and the Spurs. The Mavericks, the Rockets, the Grizzlies and the Spurs joined from the now-defunct Midwest Division, while the Hornets joined from the Central Division. All five teams, including the Pelicans who spent one season in the Midwest Division as the Charlotte Hornets, are former Midwest Division teams.
The Spurs have won the most Southwest Division titles with seven. The Mavericks have won two titles and the Hornets and Rockets have won one title each. The Grizzlies have never won the Southwest Division title. Four NBA champions came from the Southwest Division. The Spurs won the NBA championship in 2005, 2007 and 2014, while the Mavericks won in 2011. In the 2007–08 season, all four teams that qualified for the playoffs each had more than 50 wins. In the 2010–11 season and the 2014–15 season, all teams in the division had winning percentages above 0.500 (50%). In the 2014–15 season, the Southwest Division saw every one of its teams making the playoffs, a feat achieved only twice in the last 30 years. The division has sent four of its five teams to the playoffs on four occasions, most recently in 2013–14. The most recent division champion is the Houston Rockets.
|x-San Antonio Spurs||55||27||.671||1.0||33–8||22–19||8–8||82|
|x-New Orleans Pelicans||45||37||.549||11.0||28–13||17–24||8–8||82|
- y – Clinched division title
- x – Clinched playoff spot
|^||Had or tied for the best regular season record for that season|
|2004–05||San Antonio Spurs||59–23 (.720)||Won NBA Finals|
|2005–06||San Antonio Spurs||63–19 (.768)||Lost Conference Semifinals|
|2006–07||Dallas Mavericks^||67–15 (.817)||Lost First Round|
|2007–08||New Orleans Hornets||56–26 (.683)||Lost Conference Semifinals|
|2008–09||San Antonio Spurs||54–28 (.659)||Lost First Round|
|2009–10||Dallas Mavericks||55–27 (.671)||Lost First Round|
|2010–11||San Antonio Spurs||61–21 (.744)||Lost First Round|
|2011–12[b]||San Antonio Spurs^||50–16 (.758)||Lost Conference Finals|
|2012–13||San Antonio Spurs||58–24 (.707)||Lost NBA Finals|
|2013–14||San Antonio Spurs^||62–20 (.756)||Won NBA Finals|
|2014–15||Houston Rockets||56–26 (.683)|
Titles by team
|San Antonio Spurs||7||2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14|
|Dallas Mavericks||2||2006–07, 2009–10|
|New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans||1||2007–08|
|^||Denotes team that won the NBA championships|
|+||Denotes team that won the Conference Finals, but lost the NBA Finals|
|*||Denotes team that qualified for the NBA Playoffs|
|2004–05||San Antonio^ (59–23)||Dallas* (58–24)||Houston* (51–31)||Memphis* (45–37)||New Orleans (18–64)|
|2005–06||San Antonio* (63–19)||Dallas+ (60–22)||Memphis* (49–33)||New Orleans/Oklahoma City[a] (38–44)||Houston (34–48)|
|2006–07||Dallas* (67–15)||San Antonio^ (58–24)||Houston* (52–30)||New Orleans/Oklahoma City[a] (39–43)||Memphis (22–60)|
|2007–08||New Orleans* (56–26)||San Antonio* (56–26)||Houston* (55–27)||Dallas* (51–31)||Memphis (22–60)|
|2008–09||San Antonio* (54–28)||Houston* (53–29)||Dallas* (50–32)||New Orleans* (49–33)||Memphis (24–58)|
|2009–10||Dallas* (55–27)||San Antonio* (50–32)||Houston (42–40)||Memphis (40–42)||New Orleans (37–45)|
|2010–11||San Antonio* (61–21)||Dallas^ (57–25)||New Orleans* (46–36)||Memphis* (46–36)||Houston (43–39)|
|2011–12[b]||San Antonio* (50–16)||Memphis* (41–25)||Dallas* (36–30)||Houston (34–32)||New Orleans (21–45)|
|2012–13||San Antonio+ (58–24)||Memphis* (56–26)||Houston* (45–37)||Dallas (41–41)||New Orleans (27–55)|
|2013–14||San Antonio^ (62–20)||Houston* (54–28)||Memphis* (50–32)||Dallas* (49–33)||New Orleans (34–48)|
|2014–15||Houston* (56–26)||Memphis* (55–27)||San Antonio* (55–27)||Dallas* (50–32)||New Orleans* (45–37)|
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
- a 1 2 3 The New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City due to the effect of Hurricane Katrina. The majority of home games were played in Oklahoma City, while a few remained in New Orleans.
- b 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.
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